Happy World Pancake Day – the best excuse to eat these fabulous little flatties to your heart's content.
World Pancake Day is also known as Shrove Tuesday on the Christian calendar, a traditional day to indulge before Ash Wednesday which signals the start of Lent in the lead-up to Easter.
Lent symbolises the 40 days Jesus spent fasting in the desert and Christians sacrifice something during the period to commemorate His sacrifice. The tradition on Shrove Tuesday was to make use of foods such as milk, eggs and butter – key ingredients used in pancakes – so as not to waste them when the fast began. And so, Pancake Day was born.
In celebration of the occasion, we’ve compiled some of our favourite pancake recipes – from nutritious gluten-free banana-split pancakes to a Peppermint Crisp pancake stack perfect for a cheat day.
Gluten-free banana-split pancakes
These are great for a guilt-free, waistline-conscious treat. Don’t be too hard on yourself though – the first pancake usually flops. Maybe the second one too, but still, take it easy until you get it right – it’s worth it!
The trick is to make sure the caramel sauce doesn’t overcook. You’re on the right track if it’s amber in colour.
Peppermint Crisp pancake stack
Two favourites in a beautiful “cake".
Lasagne is a firm favourite in many families. This vegetarian version with spinach and pumpkin is simply delicious, and using pancakes instead of lasagne sheets makes it cost-effective.
Crêpes are a thinner, crisper version of traditional South African pancakes and are often served with an orange drizzle such as the one in our recipe.
Mock enchiladas with chicken and leeks
A fresh take on enchiladas with pancake batter.
Dutch baby pancakes with plums
We all love eating pancakes but making them can be a mission. This one-pan pancake is the perfect solution – and there’s no flipping.
SOURCES: MIRROR, MSN, INDEPENDENT