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Flipping over pancakes

In celebration of Pancake Day, here are few recipes to try out

Earlier this year in this column I shared an alternative breakfast pancake recipe. So to celebrate Pancake Day, or Shrove Tuesday, here are a few alternatives to the traditional lemon and sugar. The date varies from February and March; and when Easter falls. It is a tradition that comes from a time when leftover food would be eaten the day before Lent, when fasting would begin. It is mainly observed in English-speaking countries: Ireland, the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the US, but also in the Philippines and Germany.

The date varies from February and March; and when Easter falls. It is a tradition that comes from a time when leftover food would be eaten the day before Lent, when fasting would begin.

This year, step away from tradition with these easy-to-make recipes. The first, stacked chocolate pancakes, look and taste delicious. To top the pancakes I have made some simple banana chocolate ice cream.

Here is how: Peel four ripe bananas, place in an airtight bag and freeze for two hours. Once frozen break into pieces and place in a food processor, blitz until smooth. Next, add four dessert-spoonfuls of Nutella and two teaspoons of cocoa powder. Blitz the mix until all the ingredients have combined. Pour into an airtight container and freeze for 3-4 hours.
The second recipe is a real showstopper; ignore the calorie-count and indulge yourself. I have used gluten-free flour for this recipe, and you can use a mix of berries, such as blackberries, blueberries, raspberries… for more colour add some pomegranate seeds. If the cream is too heavy, you can substitute it with some soft cheese.

Here is how: add 280g of soft cream cheese to a mixing bowl, add a tablespoon of icing sugar and half a teaspoon of vanilla essence. Beat the mixture with a wooden spoon until creamy. Cover and keep at room temperature — this will make it easier to spread.
This basic recipe is so versatile, whether you use regular flour or gluten-free, or switch the oil from coconut to vegetable. Do not use olive oil as it will leave a bitter taste, use light oils instead.

Whatever combination you choose, have a flipping great Pancake Day.

Recipes, food styling and photography by Mark Setchfield

 

 

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