Keeping it home-made this Pancake Day
You don’t have to look too far to see the flip side of Pancake Day this year but there are many positives to celebrating Pancake Day at home. It's true, we aren’t able to go down to our local café and explore the crème de la crème of pancake breakfast options they have to offer. But at home, you can dig into your inner foodie and explore those wacky or not so wacky pancake-making ideas you’ve been wanting to try. As someone who is midway between a vegetarian and a vegan (a veganitarian?), I like to have eggless pancakes and will alternate between dairy milk and almond milk for my batter. So I’ve got a few tips for making Pancake Day your own. But, by all means, tailor them to your own preferences, have fun and get creative.
Jazzing up your pancakes with toppings gives them some extra character and makes them all the more enjoyable eating. There is no better way to feel five again than using your toppings to make pancake faces. I’m not sure what it is about them but it will do the trick if you need some cheering up.
Tip 1: Pancake faces are also great for presentation purposes if you’ve burnt them a little as I did in my one here (oops!).
Sometimes my pancakes are more like pancake-crêpe combos. They’ve got the fluffiness of pancakes yet they come out pretty thin like crêpes. This makes them less heavy than regular pancakes so it does not leave you with a food coma after you’ve finished it.
Tip 2: If you don’t have any maple syrup, sprinkle some milk and a little sugar and you won't realise the difference, especially with fruity toppings.
Although it may not be the healthiest option, spreading Nutella (or your preferred chocolate spread) on your freshly made pancakes allows it to slightly melt. With some added maple syrup on top, it tastes delightful.
Tip 3: Add nutmeg and cinnamon to your batter- it will give your pancakes extra warmth and sweetness.