Amid the buzz of Valentine’s Day, there’s another very important occasion we’re looking forward to at Spicers HQ…Pancake Day! We do love classic recipes, but we’re such foodies that a maple syrup pancake doesn’t always cut it. So, we thought we’d share with you our favourite topping ideas to add a pop of flavour to your pancakes!
The actual tradition of eating pancakes on Shrove Tuesday began in the 16th century, as butter, eggs and fat were to be avoided during the Lent season. Pancake day is a day for all; whether you like your pancakes thick or thin, sweet or savoury, we’ve got pancake recipes for everyone.
Gluten-free and Vegan
When we say that pancake day is for everyone, we mean it! Which is why we’ve chosen Olivia Wollenburg’s perfect gluten-free and vegan chocolate chip pancakes. You’ll need the following ingredients:
140g almond butter
½ tsp vanilla powder
130g oat flour
350ml almond milk
40g cacao powder
8 tbsp maple syrup
40g ground almonds
105g raw chocolate
Coconut oil for frying
Begin with blending all of the ingredients into a food processor (apart from the coconut oil, cacao powder and raw chocolate). Split the batter in half and add the cacao powder and raw chocolate to one half. Melt a small portion of the coconut oil in your frying pan while it’s on a high heat. Pour the plain pancake batter into the frying pan, reduce the heat and leave the pancake to set until it starts to bubble. Flip it over and cook it until golden brown and repeat the process. Do the same with the chocolate mix and move your pancakes to a plate, then add your favourite toppings.
This recipe is for those who are looking for a touch of indulgence this pancake day. Called Necci in Italy, the country of its origin, the pancakes in this recipe are sweet but earthy due to the chestnut flour in the recipe. You will need the following ingredients:
For the crêpes:
100g chestnut flour
½ tbsp olive oil
Melted butter or vegetable oil, (for brushing)
Pinch of Salt
200 ml cold water
For the filling:
1 heaped tbsp dark brown soft sugar
Begin by mixing the sifted chestnut flour with the 200 ml of water and the olive oil. For the filling, beat the ricotta and sugar until creamy and then chill until you need it. Heat the frying pan over a medium heat and line with melted butter or oil. Pour some batter into the pan and swirl to coat the base of the pan. Be aware that these pancakes need to cook slowly otherwise they will burn. Loosen the edges of the crepe carefully and when it is golden, flip the crepe over. Cook it for a little longer and place it on a plate, then repeat until you finish the batter. Spread the filling onto each pancake, carefully roll then and finish with a drizzle of honey.
This recipe is perfect for those who are looking for a cheeky twist to the classic pancake recipe. You’ve heard of red velvet, why not try green velvet pancakes? You will need the following ingredients:
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon white sugar
1 1/4 cups milk
3 tablespoons butter, melted
5 drops of green food colouring
75 ml (or more) Baileys Original Irish Cream
Combine all of the ingredients together (apart from the cheesecake mix and Baileys) and heat up your frying pan. For the filling, combine the cheesecake mix and Baileys together and set aside. Pour some pancake mix into the pan, when it begins to bubble flip it over. Cook the other side and place it on a plate, repeat until you finish the batter. Fill each crepe carefully with the filling and roll it up, ready to serve! We like to drizzle some chocolate sauce or add a squeeze of lemon over our green velvet pancakes!
Fancy some wilder ideas? Try these…
Honey, feta and thyme
Can’t decide between sweet and savoury pancakes? Go for a Greek twist with this moreish topping. Simply crumble some feta cheese onto your pancakes, drizzle over some clear honey and sprinkle thyme leaves over the top.
Smoked salmon and cream cheese
We’re the first ones to spot the silver tray of canapes circulating the crowd at a party! Salmon blinis are often the star of the show, and this recipe resembles a giant one! Simply smother your pancakes in cream cheese, drape some smoked salmon on top and garnish with fresh chives.
If you’ve got a sweet tooth, we can guarantee your favourite pancake topping is melted chocolate! For a twist on an old classic, crush up some Maltesers and sprinkle the crumbs and chunks over the top. You could also use Crunchie or Daim bars for a similar texture.
Yoghurt, orange and mint
This fresh topping is bound to get your taste buds tingling. Stir in some orange zest into a portion of Greek yoghurt and add a dollop of the mixture on to your pancakes. Toss some blueberries over the top and sprinkle over some poppy seeds for added texture. Carefully arrange some mint leaves on top for an Instagram-worthy Pancake Day!
Banana and peanut butter sauce
Banana is a delicious topping to add to any pancake, made even better with a drizzle of peanut butter sauce. To make the sauce, all you need to do is add a cup of water to half a cup of peanut butter and half a cup of sugar, then heat the mixture in a saucepan. Cook until boiling and pour over a stack of banana pancakes.
What’s your favourite pancake topping? Tweet us your photos at @SpicersofHythe!