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Pancake Day done differently

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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