Pancake Day falls on 25th February this year. What better excuse is there to eat pancakes? Traditionally they were eaten on Shrove Tuesday as a way to use up eggs, flour and milk before embarking on Lent. Pancakes are therefore cheap to make. They are also easy to create. Read on for some delicious recipes and special offers to save you money.
These are American style pancakes served with blackberries and raspberries, and are finished with a drizzling of maple syrup and cream. This recipe serves four and takes only fourteen minutes to make.
- 1.50 cups Buttermilk
- 3 tbsp Cooking Oil
- 0.50 tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
- 2 tsp Baking Powder
- 2 tbsp Granulated Sugar
- A pinch of Salt
- An Egg
- 1.75 cups Plain Flour
- 500 g Mixed Berries
- 200 g Maple Syrup
- 300 g Fresh Double Cream
- Butter for Frying
- Add all the ingredients to a large bowl and whisk vigorously. **Please note that the batter for American pancakes is much thicker in consistency than that for crêpes to allow for the rise.** The batter is sufficient to produce 12 pancakes (x 10 cm).
- American Pancakes are best made using a griddle. However you can use an alternative method, either in a small omelette pan or frying pan. Apply heat and get your cooking surface moderately hot.
- Grease your heated surface with a knob of butter. If the butter sizzles, the surface is hot enough and ready to use.
- Pour sufficient of the mixture to form a 10 cm circle of batter.
- After 2 minutes, either flip or turn the pancake using a palette knife to cook the other side. After a further 1 minutes, remove and transfer to a serving dish.
- Stack the pancakes 3 high on the serving plates. Top with the mixed berries and drizzle over the maple syrup. Serve with fresh cream.
An alternative topping for the American Pancakes –
Banana & Nutella Topping
French Pancakes ( Crêpes )
- 100 g Plain Flour
- 10 fl oz Milk
- 1 Egg
- 25 g Caster Sugar
- Butter for Cooking
- Add the flour, egg, milk and sugar to bowl and whisk vigorously. Transfer to a convenient pouring jug.
- Crêpes are best made using an omelette pan. However you can use an alternative method, either in a small frying pan or directly onto a griddle. Apply heat and get your cooking surface moderately hot.
- Add a knob of butter to the heated surface. If the butter sizzles, the surface is hot enough and ready to use.
- Pour sufficient of the mixture to cover the area and size of your choice. If using an pan, swirl the mixture around to cover the base of the pan. if using a griddle, pour slowly in one spot until you reach the desired size.
- After 1 minute, either flip or turn the pancake using a palette knife to cook the other side. After a further minute, remove and transfer to a serving dish.
- Serve with lemon juice and sugar.
The world is your oyster when deciding upon toppings for your pancake! As a child I was given the choice of lemon and sugar, golden syrup or jam. Today anything goes – just try different combinations. Here are some suggestions:
- Blueberries & Cream
- Lemon & Ricotta
- Roasted Hazelnuts, Amaretto, Chocolate & Cream
- Apple, Cinnamon & Maple Syrup
- Marshmallows, Melted Chocolate & Chocolate Chips
- Toffee Sauce
- Salted Caramel & Banana
- Mandarins, Cointreau & Orange Juice
- Strawberries & Cream
The above list contains only sweet toppings, there are of course many savoury toppings to choose from. For example:
- Maple Syrup & Bacon
- Egg & Bacon
- Salmon, Mushroom & Hollandaise Sauce
- Mushroom & Gruyere Cheese
- Brie & Redcurrant Sauce
- Smoked Salmon & Guacamole
How To Save Money With Your Ingredients
Many of the ingredients to make your pancakes are quite likely to be in your kitchen cupboard. If they are not, then they are cheap ingredients to buy (depending upon your toppings!). Lemon juice and sugar will probably work out the cheapest topping.
Don’t forget to use this handy tool to find which supermarket is offering the cheapest ingredients –
Alternatively, if you want to purchase everything you need to make pancakes in one bundle, you may be interested in the following offer:
Pancake Day Bundle – Special Offer
Iceland is offering a Pancake Day Bundle that costs just £5. This is what is included in their offer:
- Pancake Pan (worth £4)
- Pancake Mix (choose one)
Antonelli Plain Pancake Shaker (£1)
Aunt Bessies Family Pancake Mix (£1)
- Frylight (choose one)
Sunflower Oil Cooking Spray (£1.50)
Rapeseed Oil Cooking Spray (£1.50)
Olive Oil Cooking Spray (£1.50)
- Topping (choose one)
Gusto Agro Sicilian Lemon Juice (50p)
Bobbie’s Maple Flavour Syrup (£1)
Although it is simple to make your own batter, you will still need oil to cook with, a topping, and of course a pan! There are clearly savings to be made with this bundle! In fact, you can save up to £2.50.
If you are a new customer to Iceland and intend shopping online, don’t forget to use the special discount code.
(Please be aware that the above offers contain affiliate links. This means that we make a small profit from your purchases.)
It is estimated that in the UK we eat 117 million pancakes on Shrove Tuesday. That’s a lot of pancakes! Enjoy Pancake Day and I’d love to know how you get on trying out new toppings.