This years Pancake Day (Shrove Tuesday) takes place on the 28th February 2017 and if there is one thing I know is that my boys L O V E this day, as its now tradition that our pancakes are accompanied by a sinful amount of sticky, gooey and sugary toppings with a splash of fruit but M U S T be oozing with a very generous topping of honey.
We have two kinds of pancakes that are loved in this house the traditional crepe pancakes and the drop scones, with the later being our favourite, below is our tried and tested recipes to make your perfect pancakes on Pancake Day 2017.
Traditional Crepe style Pancakes
250g Plain flour
2 medium eggs
600ml of whole milk
pinch of salt
Sift the Flour into a bowl and make a well, pour in the eggs a a little milk and start to whisk, gradually adding more milk and combining everything into a nice smooth batter. Make sure your batter is more single cream that double by adding more milk if needed. Once you have made your batter leave it to rest for about 30mins but make sure the consistency is still like single cream, if it has thickened just add a little more milk. Place a nonstick frying pan on a medium heat and add a small amount of sunflower oil, tipping out any excess. Then add a small amount in the pan and swirl it around quickly covering the base of the pan. Cook for about 1 minute or so, until lightly coloured underneath, then flip the pancake to cook the other size. (Recipe from Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall River Cottage Everyday)
175g Self raising flour
1 level tsp Baking powder
40g Caster sugar
1 Large egg
Grease a frying pan with oil or a white veg fat, measure all the ingredients and put them into a large bowl and beat to form a thick cream. I use a 80ml spoon to measure how much I need for each drop scone and place 3 portions at a time, then wait for little holes to come through before turning them or when they start to brown. Lay them onto a wire rack with a tea towel covering them while you cook the rest.
Now for the toppings, and I can guarantee that many of you will automatically think sugar and lemons, I know that I do as its what I had whilst growing up, but there is such a variety of toppings that you can have on your pancakes and not all of them have to be sweet and gooey.
Heres my top 5 Pancake Day 2017 toppings
I couldn't have a list of pancake toppings without including Lemons or Jif as some of you might call it, in that little lemon shaped container and a sprinkle of sugar just makes the perfect combination for your pancakes, although my boys would disagree.
Honey with mixed berries
has to be one of my boys favourite combinations, blueberries, raspberries and strawberries all seem to be their choice with oozes of honey
Chocolate spread and Banana
This has to be up there with the best, such a yummy combination and one of my favourite combinations which I'm sure most of you will agree.
Dark Cherries and Cream
That combination is out of this world but really bad for the waist.
Peaches and Cream
Now we all love this classic combination and if your smart about it you can even make this combination healthy, yes you can! use fresh peaches or if you tinned try and get the ones in juice and not syrup and for the cream you can opt for a low fat version, its all about smart alternatives, but if you are like me then I'm good all year just for pancake day so full fat all the way!
Now Ive shared a few on my favourite pancake toppings why don't you share a few in the comments below I would love to hear what toppings you guys like and what I can try on Pancake Day, full fat or healthy fire away.