Shrove Tuesday is today 12th February – it is also known as Pancake Day!
We usually fast during the Lent, so we make the most of Pancake Day.
We really enjoy making pancakes during the weekend, so it is a nice change to make them during the week.
I learned to make pancakes from an early age. My mum used to make them all the time as we were growing up.
I used to love waking up in the morning and smelling the gorgeous smell of freshly cooked pancakes coming from the kitchen as I open my eyes in a Sunday morning.
I enjoy making pancakes and it seems that little man has just as much fun making them as eating!
I especially measured my recipe of pancakes this time just to share with my readers.
It is really easy and quick to make. This is my own recipe that I have developed over the years.
Easy Pancake Recipe:
Makes 8 pancakes
- 1 cup of self-raising flour
- 1 cup of milk
- 1 egg
- 4 tablespoons of sugar
- 1 pinch of salt
- Butter for cooking
- Mix the self-raising flour, sugar and salt into a large bowl.
- Whisk together the milk and egg in a separate bowl or jug.
- Pour the milk mixture into the flour mixture and beat with a fork until you have a smooth batter.
- Heat a non-sticking frying pan over a medium heat and add a knob of butter
- Once it is melted, add a ladle of batter (you could add more batter, depending how big your frying pan is)
- Once the top of the pancake begins to bubble, turn it over and cook until both sides are golden brown.
- Repeat until all the batter is used up.
Caramelised Coconut Topping:
Once you have finished cooking the pancakes, keep the frying pan in the heat and add a tablespoon of sugar and a tablespoon of coconut.
It will start caramelising in a matter of seconds. Remove it from the heat and place the pancakes on the pan so the topping can stick to it. The caramelised coconut topping should be enough for 3 pancakes.
Hubby prefers his pancakes with lemon and sugar, while little man really likes peanut butter and banana.
I like my pancakes with caramelised coconut, it is also very easy to make!
Pancake with Sweets and Chocolate:
As a one-off little man was allowed to add sweets to one of his pancake.
He melted milk chocolate in the microwave for a minute and decorated his pancake with sweets.
We prefer American pancakes, which are fluffy and thick.
In case you prefer thinner pancakes, you could use plain flour instead of self-raising flour.
If you wish to make more pancakes, you could double the ingredients, but you might want to use only one egg.
Usually I double the recipe, but stick to one egg. Then I would use 2 eggs for 3 recipes.
As Pancake Day and Valentine’s Day fall on the same week this year, what a better idea than celebrating both occasions and creating your own Heart Pancake?
(Any excuse to make pancakes is welcome in our household! The more, the merrier! )
To make a Valentine-themed pancake, we used the same recipe above with added red food colouring to create pink pancakes.
I’m still not too sure why it came out pink and not red, but they turned out fine and they were just as tasty.
We made a Heart Shaped Raspberry Pancake Stack and they were lovely.
You could have fresh raspberries around the pancakes or on top of them. You could serve the Pancake Stack after your Valentine’s dinner as a light and fruity dessert.
It is very tasty on its own, you could add raspberry jam on each layer for extra flavour. You could warm up raspberry jam with little water and add a thin layer of raspberry sauce in between the hearts.
The Raspberry Pancake Stack would taste lovely with vanilla ice cream or raspberry sorbet on the side.
You could enjoy the Heart Shaped Pancakes any time of the year, they could be enjoyed at breakfast time or as dessert.
I’m sure they would go down as a treat! Everyone will love them: your other half would appreciate and the kids too.
Little man loved the heart pancakes. They were made by cutting freshly cooked pancakes using a heart cutter.
Pancake with Peach & Mango Compote:
If you prefer pancakes with a twist, you will love this recipe. It is really simple and easy to make, yet it is full of flavour.
You only need a few ingredients, however it tastes divine!
- 2 peaches
- 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons of raisins
- 1 tablespoon of Geeta’s Premium Mango Chutney
Slice the peaches in small squares and heat up the peaches, cinnamon and raisins in a saucepan over medium heat. Add a few spoons of water so it doesn’t burn.
Once the peaches are soft and a thick sauce has been created, take off the heat and add the mango chutney and stir.
Best served warm, enjoy!
The peaches and mango compote is sweet, but not too sweet as there is no sugar in the recipe. It goes down really well with sweet pancakes as it is a fruity filling with a spicy twist.
You could also serve the pancakes with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
How do you like your pancakes? I would love to hear your favourite toppings!
Happy Pancake Day and remember pancakes taste great any time of the year!