Tuesday, February 12, 2013

There's a party in my pan and everyones invited...

Last year I missed pancake day altogether and only got my frying pan into gear towards the end of February (you can read last years blog post, complete with some extraordinarily dark photos, here). Now it's Shrove Tuesday again and I can't quite believe that a whole year has slipped past without making these crispy little stacks of deliciousness. In need of some pan-spiration? How about whipping up some of these bad boys tonight...

Click for image source - American style pancakes with blueberries and maple syrup.

I absolutely love an American style pancake topped with soft fruit and maple syrup as a decadent weekend brunch.We'll be tucking into my own version on Sunday morning - I add a few dessert spoons of yogurt into the batter along with some chopped and mashed bananas. Want to go one step further? Just add a couple of rashers of free range streaky bacon, cooked to a crisp!

Click for image source - Scotch pancakes with caramelised bananas.
Scotch pancakes are like a smaller version of American pancakes - a little less spongy in the middle, you can still stack them up and they are perfect with maple syrup or even just with butter! I think of these as a Winter teatime treat - like a toasted teacake or crumpet, something you eat by the fire.

Click for image source - Dutch baby.
I've only recently discovered the 'Dutch Baby' pancake - doesn't it look amazing? Instead of making lots of separate pancakes you pour the batter into a cast iron frying pan or skillet and throw the whole thing in the oven. Traditional flavours include vanilla and cinnamon but you can chuck some fruit in there too. This reminds me of a sweet Yorkshire Pudding - amazing!

Click for image source - Thin and crispy English pancakes.
Despite being spoilt for choice when it comes to pancakes for me there is only one style that is permissible on Shrove Tuesday. They have to be very thin and soft with crispy golden edges. The first one will go wrong and you can eat it straight out of the pan and you obviously have to have a go at tossing one (this one will more than likely end up on the floor and can be fed to the cat). Will you be celebrating pan cake day this evening? Do you have a tried and tested recipe that you rely on year after year or will you be whipping up something completely new? Share in the comments!

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