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Pancake Day

Shrove Tuesday is this coming Tuesday and we all know what that means, it's the day we try and shove as many pancakes down in one day as we can. Pancakes for breakfast, pancakes for

pancake day

Shrove Tuesday is this coming Tuesday and we all know what that means, it’s the day we try and shove as many pancakes down in one day as we can. Pancakes for breakfast, pancakes for lunch and pancakes for dinner. When I tell people that pancake day is my favourite day of the year, they laugh and I’m not joking, it really is my favourite day. It’s a day where I don’t feel guilty for eating copious amounts of sugar and flour and it’s been like this since I can remember. Over the years I actually used to try and top how many I could eat, one year I hit 12, so the next year I ate like, 16 (don’t judge me) and I didn’t regret it one bit. Probably because I was 14 and didn’t care half as much as I do now about weight management, if you ever seen that episode of Sabrina when she gets addicted to pancakes, well that’s me, every pancake day…

 

 

So, in celebration of the greatest day of the year I have brought you some of THE BEST recipes to make this Tuesday.

Starting at number 1 we have the Classic English Pancakes.
These pancakes are inspired by the French and are thin and wide, like crêpes.
You will need:
100g plain flour

2 eggs
300 ml milk
pinch of salt
nob of butter (for cooking)
Now, in my household we don’t use quantities we generally just shove a bit of this and a bit of that in a bowl, zap away with an electric whisk and our batter is made, but obviously you guys might want a little more guidance. So, like I say put all your ingredients in a bowl and zap zap with your whisk and your batter is prepared. Melt a nob of butter in your frying pan and add your batter. Once you feel your pancake is cooked, well, you know what to do… it’s flipping time. Once you’ve flipped it and it’s all still in tact, enjoy with some of your favourite toppings. Some of my favourite’s are maple syrup, lemon juice and sugar, Nutella and banana, or simply just berries. Bon appetite as they French would say.

 

At number 2 we have The All American Pancakes.
These beauties are thicker in size and not as wide. These are your generic pancakes that you find when you go out for pancakes or what you will see on the shelf at your local Tesco Express.
You will need:
3 eggs
115g plain flour
1 heaped teaspoon baking powder
140 ml milk
pinch of salt
nob of butter (for cooking)
So, as you can see the ingredients are pretty much the exact same as our Classic English Pancakes but with a heaped tsp of baking powder to allow them to rise, which is how the American’s get them so fluffy. More eggs, more flour, less milk, you can see now why they’re so thick. You make your batter the same and cook them the same as our English ones, except make sure you have a smaller pan and perhaps use a stainless steel ring if you really want them to be the perfect, chunky pancake. Cook on a slow heat with melted butter, so you don’t burn them. If you really want to go ALL American then you can cook some bacon in a pan and add a coating of syrup to the top of the bacon, cut up the bacon and add it in to your batter mix, once your pancakes are cooked top with a fried egg, a nob of butter and lots of maple syrup!! SO DELICIOUS.

You can also add blueberries in the batter mix and other fruit if you want to make fruity pancakes and top with lemon juice and sugar.

 

At number 3 we have The Healthy Ones.
You will need:
1 banana 
2 eggs
coconut oil (for cooking)
You’re probably thinking, ‘what? no way!’ Yes way. The Healthy Ones are gluten free, dairy free, low calorie and you can have them every morning without the sugar rush or guilt. You simply mash your banana and beat your eggs together in a bowl, lube up your pan with some coconut oil and there you have it. (hint of advice, when cooking with coconut oil it’s really east to burn your pancakes so make sure you have enough coconut oil in the pan for all of your pancakes, because yes, this makes more than one!) Drizzle with some honey for some extra sweetness and yumminess.

 

At number 4 we have The Protein Packed Pancakes.
You will need:
cup of oats 
2 eggs
100ml milk
 2 scoops protein powder (I use Herbalife vanilla or cookies and cream)
coconut oil (for cooking)
Again, blend the ingredients in a food processor or with an electric whisk, you will have lumps because it’s only right with the oats, again, grease up your pan with the coconut oil and gently cook on a slow heat. These pancakes are packed with protein from all of the ingredients, so they’re super filling!! I enjoy mine with frozen berries and a drizzle of lemon juice.

Enjoy and happy pancake day!!

 

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