Do you have all the ingredients to make your own pancakes at home, are you buying in ready-made pancakes, or heading to a mate’s house for Shrove Tuesday treats?
Whatever your decision, we’ve got the low-down on how to enjoy this one-day pancake feast whether at home alone, with your fam, or with your besties.
Traditionally, way back when people fasted in the run up to Easter, shrove Tuesday aka Pancake Day was the day to feast before Lent, it’s when people emptied their cupboards of flour, eggs, sugar and milk and anything that was going to go off, and turned into either savoury or sweet pancakes.
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Manuka Honey Pancakes with Melora
Our favourite culinary day of the year is the perfect opportunity to get creative in the kitchen and show off your flipping skills, and Melora has got you covered. With their delicious range of convenient Melora Manuka Honey Squeeze bottles, Pancake Day will be a doddle.
If you have a sweet tooth but are also ingredient conscious, you could try rolled oats pancakes topped with one of the tasty Melora Manuka toppings!
Ingredients for oat-based pancakes:
100g rolled oats, ground to create oat flour, 1 ripe banana (approx. 90-100g), 90ml Unsweetened Almond Milk (can use Oat Milk too), 1 tbsp Melora Honey & Manuka Squeeze, 1 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar, 1 tsp Vanilla Extract, 2 tsp Baking Powder, 2 Medjool Dates finely chopped
Grind 100g of oats in blender. Add the banana, almond milk, Manuka Honey, apple cider vinegar, vanilla extract and baking powder. Blend for 1-minute until combined. Leave mixture to thicken for 5 minutes. Finally stir in chopped dates so they are evenly distributed. Spoon ladle of mixture (enough to make 6 pancakes) onto non-stick pan. Cook on a low-medium heat for 2-3 minutes on each side until golden brown. Add your favourite Melora Manuka Squeeze and you’re ready to devour.
Melora’s bottles come in a variety of flavours including Honey & Manuka, Honey & Lemon, Honey & Blueberry, Honey & Cherry and Honey & Ginger.
Available from www.melora.co.uk, currently 1/3 off £7.99 (Usually £11.99), for 400g.
The Ultimate Pancakes with Hotel Chocolat Pecan & Salted Caramel Chocolate Spread
You already know what type of pancakes you are making, and all you want are endless chocolate filled deliciousness on your plate. Then look no further than Hotel Chocolat, and pick up their Pecan & Salted Caramel Chocolate Spread for a simple, yet completely indulgent Shrove Tuesday treat.
Available from www.hotelchocolat.com, priced at £6 for 160g.
Simple and Classy Posh Cow Butter Pancakes
If you are thinking that your pancakes should be classy and unfussy tomorrow then you need to call into M&S and pick up some brand new Posh Cow Butter.
You can opt for savoury with the Posh Cow whipped with Smoked Sea Salt Butter, or you can go sweet with the Posh Cow whipped Blossom Honey & Cinnamon Butter. Simply make your pancakes with your favourite recipe, and when finished, stack them and add lashings of Posh Cow Butter – then delve right in!
Available from M&S stores across the UK, priced at £2.80 each (150g).
Japanese Soufflé Pancakes with Aldi
Try your hand at cooking fluffy and delightful Japanese Soufflé Pancakes – that don’t fall flat. Top with Raspberries and Whipped Cream.
2 x Eggs (separate yolks and whites), 1 ½ tbsp whole milk, ½ tsp vanilla extract, 30g plain flour, ½ tsp baking powder, 3 tbsp caster sugar, vegetable oil, icing sugar, whipped cream, raspberries, mint leaves.
Add the milk, egg yolks, vanilla and 1 tbsp of caster sugar into bowl. Beat with large whisk until thick, smooth and creamy. Sift the flour and baking powder, fold into yolk mixture. In a separate bowl, whisk egg whites until they turn pale white. Slowly add 2 tbsp caster sugar, whisking as you go. Continue to whisk until egg whites are glossy and hold a stiff peak shape when you remove whisk. Put frying pan with the 4 crumpet rings, on the lowest heat possible. Lightly coat the pan and rings in oil and leave to heat while you continue making mixture. Using metal spoon, lightly fold whisked egg whites into yolk mixture, folding gently ensuring to keep a light, fluffy texture. Gently pile 3 tablespoons of mixture into each ring. Leave to cook for 5 to 6 minutes until pancakes have risen and firmed enough to be able to carefully flip over in the ring. Cook for a further 3 to 4 minutes and then ease the pancakes out of their rings – run a sharp knife down the sides if you need to loosen. Plate, dust with icing sugar and serve with whipped cream, raspberries and mint leaves.
All items available from Aldi. Alternatively take your pick of different pancakes to make at home with Aldi’s Traditional Pancake Mix (89p), or go American style with the American Pancake Mix (£1.29), for the ever-so-fluffiest of pancakes.
A Rewarding Pancake Day with OLIO The Sharing App
If you want to do something rewarding this pancake day, as well as eating pancakes of course, then the UK’s favourite sharing app OLIO is encouraging British households to strip their cupboards of the food they know they won’t eat and share it with neighbours who might.
If you take it back to basics, Pancake Day is all about food waste – stripping the home of food that isn’t going to be eaten so it didn’t end up in the bin for Lent.
According to waste reduction charity WRAP (www.wrap.org.uk) the average British family throws away £730 worth of food a year, amounting to £14 billion of household waste a year.
Tessa Clarke, co-founder of OLIO, explained: “If you think about it, Pancake Day was the original zero waste day for many households. Nowadays, we’re all guilty of keeping unwanted food in the back of the fridge or the cupboard until it goes off and has to be binned. Why not use Pancake Day as the day to do a thorough clear-out and reduce food waste within the home?
“Those unwanted tins of butterbeans, the forgotten lemons in the fruit bowl or even the half bag of coriander in the fridge may not be useful to you – but they could be to somebody close by!”
OLIO has over 1.7million users across 49 countries who, to date, have shared over 3million portions of food. 50% of listings are requested within the hour, while 75% are requested within 24 hours.
Visit www.olioex.com to find out more, or download the OLIO app on your mobile.