Pancake Day: The Ultimate Pancake Guide
13 February 2018 | Schwartz
Who’d have thought that Pancake Day originally started as a way to use up ingredients before 40 days of fasting? Today, it’s the perfect excuse to eat too many of our favourite sweet and savoury creations! These pancake recipes have been specially prepared to wow your friends and family – regardless of culinary ability. Frying pan newbie? Never fear – we’ll tell you how to make flip-perfect pancakes in a jiffy. Or if you’re a dab hand with the basics, why not try something new this year with crispy pancake rolls or oozy crêpe Florentine.
Let’s start with the basics! Whipping up a bunch of pancakes is the perfect skill to add to your repertoire as they’re super easy – all you need is eggs, milk, butter, flour and a pinch of salt.
Here’s how to prepare your pancake mix:
- Grab a large bowl and sieve the flour and salt - even if you’re strapped for time, sieving is an important step as it makes sure there’s no lumps, giving you a nice and airy final product.
- Make a well in the centre and pop your egg and milk into the middle and mix, gradually adding in the flour from the side of the bowl.
- Pour the pancake mix into a heated frying pan and leave it to set for a couple of minutes.
Then it’s time for the fun bit: flipping the pancake! This one really is just a matter of practice – give it a couple of practice jiggles and then put a little oomph into your flip. Don’t worry if you don’t get it right first time – one of the best parts about learning to flip a pancake is getting to finish off the not-quite-perfect attempts.
Mastered the basic pancake? Now it’s time to add some pizzazz to your plate!
Chocolate pancakes are always a family favourite – but this beautifully boozy recipe should be saved for when the kids are in bed, as they’re laced with warming orange liquor. Chocolate and orange are a match made in heaven – and we love any excuse to bring the classic Christmas stocking treat into a fresh menu. Pair our delicious orange sauce – made with thick marmalade, Cointreau, tangy orange juice and a pinch of zingy ginger – with a warm chocolate sauce made from your favourite chocolate and hazelnut spread, double cream and sweet cinnamon. The result is pure heaven!
Are you going pancake mad this year with a two-course, sweet and savoury feast? Crêpe Florentine are the perfect main, with a light batter filled with just enough saltiness and texture to balance out a heavier dessert. For this recipe, silky spinach and creamy ricotta are brought to life with our Italian Herb Seasoning – the oregano, thyme and basil really add an authentic edge.
If you really want to show off this Pancake Day, why not add an Asian-inspired twist to your dinner menu? These homemade pork and mushroom pancake rolls are a far cry from the regular expectations, and add a fantastically rich and crunchy variation to a well-loved recipe. Tender pork and meaty mushrooms are packed with flavours from our Chinese Five Spice, an expertly blended mix that includes liquorice-like star anise and aromatic fennel seed. We love serving up these crispy wonders with a variety of dips, like sweet chili or hoisin sauce.