Shrove Tuesday, the celebration preceding Lent, is all about one thing: Pancakes.
Whether you’re religious or not, pancake day is a great way to indulge yourself before giving something up for Lent. Pancakes are on the menu in many different cafés, offering savoury and sweet versions to suit every taste. Here’s 5 alternative pancake recipes for when you want to step it up and move away from the classic lemon and sugar offerings:
Goats cheese, pesto and roasted vegetables
Give pancakes the savoury treatment and make a galette (a French savoury crepe). Chuck mediterranean style vegetables into a roasting tray (think courgettes, aubergines, tomatoes) and combine with goats cheese and a drizzle of pesto. An Italian take on the French crepe, which to top it off, is pretty healthy.
Spinach, Mushroom and Ricotta
Continue on the savoury line and top a galette with wilted spinach, sautéed mushrooms and fresh ricotta. Toast some garlic to give the fillings extra flavour, and don’t forget to season with a healthy dose of sea salt.
Smoked Salmon and Creme Fraiche
Smoked salmon and creme fraiche work great with blinis, so why not supersize the party hors d’oeuvre and make it into a meal? This is a crowd pleaser, so perfect for the pancake party host. Serve a few slices of lemon by the side to give the dish some zing.
Maple syrup, bacon and roasted pecans
Celebrate pancake day in North American style with crispy bacon, roasted pecans and lashings of maple syrup. Make sure you use a pancake style batter (instead of a crepe batter), to get those fluffy pancakes that are perfect for a ‘treat your self’ breakfast.
Nutella, banana and coconut
This one is a classic, but is there anything better than Nutella and banana? The answer is yes, and it comes in the form of desiccated coconut. Add some to the standard topping for something a little different.