Shrove Tuesday, Pancake Tuesday, Pancake Day – whatever you choose to call it – tomorrow is the perfect excuse to gorge on delicious pancakes whether it be in anticipation of all that fasting during Lent or not.
In the Oakes’ household, our weekend breakfasts are usually reserved for jam pancakes (not the healthiest i know, but bloomin’ delicious!) but for one night only I have decided to mix it up a bit and branch away from all that jammy loveliness. I have pulled together a selection of both savoury and sweet pancake recipes to persuade me ( and you ) to be a little bit more daring and try some new taste sensations.
For the basic pancake recipe, you can’t beat good old Delia Smith, (although I don’t add the butter like she recommends as I find it a bit greasy).
- 110g/4oz plain flour, sifted
- pinch of salt
- 2 eggs
- 200ml/7fl oz milk mixed with 75ml/3fl oz water
- Sift the flour and salt into a large mixing bowl with a sieve held high above the bowl so the flour gets an airing. Now make a well in the centre of the flour and break the eggs into it. Then begin whisking the eggs – any sort of whisk or even a fork will do – incorporating any bits of flour from around the edge of the bowl as you do so.
- Next gradually add small quantities of the milk and water mixture, still whisking (don’t worry about any lumps as they will eventually disappear as you whisk). When all the liquid has been added, use a rubber spatula to scrape any elusive bits of flour from around the edge into the centre, then whisk once more until the batter is smooth, with the consistency of thin cream.
- Chocolate, peanut butter and banana
- American blueberry
- Coconut pancakes with pomegranate
- Crepes Suzette
- Strawberry, toasted almond and caramel
Healthier ‘fruity’ pancake fillings for the little ones
- Berry compote (serves 2)- Use 200g mixed berries (frozen are fine, but allow to thaw). Reduce them gently down on the hob, with a drizzle of maple syrup and a splash of water if necessary. Remove from the heat and set aside until ready to serve.
- Tinned peaches in natural juice
- Banana mashed with two tablespoons of natural yoghurt.
- Apples – Stew with cinnamon for an apple-pie type filling
- Creamy smoked haddock and prawns
- Butternut squash, goats cheese and rosemary
- Pad Thai pancakes
- Salmon and Mushroom pancakes
- Indian Dosa
- Ham and Cheese
- Oat pancakes with mediterranean vegetables
Whichever filling(s) you choose from, I hope you all have a feast!