As Shrove Tuesday is nearly upon us (Tuesday 5th March), now is the perfect time to home in on pancakes and whip up some creative concoctions to add to your menu – whether you’re a pub or café, a street food outlet or a cost sector kitchen.
A classic American pancake batter is a low-cost combo of milk, flour and butter. Short on time? Instead of melting butter to add to the batter, use a butter substitute, such as Whirl, which can be poured straight into the mix. Check out our pancake recipe.
Fresh, homemade pancakes are quick and easy to make from scratch, but can be labour intensive at busy times. So, why not batch cook your pancakes in advance? Ready-made pancakes take minutes to defrost and warm up.
Pimp your pancake
Pancakes provide the perfect base to try out new flavours and recipes. Below are some ideas and inspiration for your menu.
Bouncy, jiggly Japanese pancakes are an Instagram sensation. Their deep, soufflé-like texture makes them a filling menu addition. Go for a simple topping of Greek yoghurt, fresh berries, slices of banana and maple syrup.
Go Scandi and serve savoury crêpes filled with slices of gravadlax and cream cheese, sprinkled with dill. For a spicy kick, add a drizzle of sweet chilli sauce.
Stack up layers of fluffy American-style pancakes, sandwiched with chocolate sauce and whipped cream. Top with lashings of salted caramel sauce, a scoop of vanilla ice cream and chocolate sprinkles for the ultimate dessert.