It’s everyone’s favourite time of year, spring is just around the corner, bank holidays are on their way, days are getting lighter and of course, it’s nearly Pancake Day!!
From kits and tips to the best toppings we can find, we’ve got everything you need to make your favourite day of the year one to remember!
Before you start, make sure you have everything you need for the perfect pancake prep:
Behind the Scenes…
- 100g plain flour
- 2 eggs
- 300ml semi-skimmed milk
- 1 tbsp sunflower oil or vegetable, plus extra for frying
- A pinch of salt
If you don’t want to be scrapping pancake batter from the pan (or worse your ceiling) then follow these handy tips to get yourself the perfect pancake.
Don’t over mix
Resist the urge to mix until all the batter lumps are gone. Mixing just until the ingredients are combined and no wisps of flour can be seen, ensures a light and fluffy pancake!
Use oil not butter
Butter is extremely easy to burn, especially when your pan is on medium heat for a long period of time. Use sunflower or vegetable oil and make sure you wipe the pan after every 2 batches.
Good things come to those who wait! If your recipe has a cooling time before you can eat, stick to it! Resting the batter is important as it gives the gluten time to settle, making your pancakes soft and tender. (and you won’t burn your tongue!)
Get the right temperature
High heat can mean your pancake will burn or cook unevenly. Keep the heat on a medium level for a well-cooked pancake with a golden brown outside and a soft and fluffy inside.
For the perfect flip!
We don’t want to spoil your fun, but pancakes should only be flipped once. We know, disappointing! Wait till the bubbles on the pancake surface start to burst then ease your pancake turner underneath and quickly flip! Make sure it lands lying flat against the base with no folds and repeat the cooking process on the other side.
Pimp your Pancakes!
Now for the fun part! We’ve searched far and wide (on the internet) to bring you some of our favourite pancake toppings we know you’ll love.
Strawberry and Chocolate Chips
Classic but one of the best, strawberry and chocolate perfectly compliment pancakes! This recipe from ‘NeighborFood’ even gives you the option to add the strawberries inside the pancake (and they are even heart-shaped for Valentine ’s Day!)
Credit: Almost Supermom
Bacon & Maple Syrup
Why not start your day with a breakfast that will be envied by many! Bacon, Maple Syrup and pancakes, do we need to say anymore?
Credit: katie at the kitchen door
Fruit and Nut
If you’re still on a health kick, you don’t need to miss out! Try these delicious whole wheat fruit and nut pancakes from ‘katie at the kitchen door.’ Packed with berries, bananas and crushed pecans, you can enjoy your favourite treat without feeling guilty!
Credit: Taming Twins
Ham, Cheese and Egg
If savoury is more your thing, then these ham, cheese and egg pancakes are perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner – or all three if you really want to get into the spirit!
Dark Chocolate and Banana
The richness of dark chocolate with the sweetness of banana is the ideal combination for your pancakes! For the serious chocolate lovers, there are even chocolate chips on the inside, how long is it until pancake day again?
Credit: Creme de la Crumb
Apple and Cinnamon
Now we know apple and cinnamon go so well on a pancake, there will be no stopping us! These light and fluffy pancakes topped with sweet apple are the perfect winter warmer to get you set up for the day!
Now you have everything you need there’s only one thing left to do…sit back and enjoy your professionally made pancakes!
Let us know how you got on and show us your pancake masterpieces (and fails) and have a happy Pancake Day!