Pancake Day Round Up
Yep, it's that time of the year again. Stock up on eggs and get a mop ready to clean pancake remains off the ceiling - you know you'll need it.
Pancakes can be a divisive topic: from the lemon and sugar purists, to those who like the Canadian touch of bacon and maple syrup. Either way, our mouths are watering already! Read on for some fab recipes - whether you just want to refresh your memory or are looking for something a bit different to try this year, we've got 'em all.
Here at MNHQ, we're very partial to a bit of chocolate, so Boo Roo And Tigger Too's luscious recipe for chocolate pancakes had us salivating over our keyboards. Boo suggests topping them with black cherries and cream - which means they're healthy, right?
Next up is Tinned Tomatoes' glorious pancake tower creation. This involves pancakes piled up on top of each other, with homemade marshmallow fluff inbetween the layers, and chocolate drizzled over the whole thing. Yep. <longing sigh>
If you're after twist on a classic recipe, look no further than Chez Maximka's ricotta pancakes. By substituting the milk for soft cheese, you get a light, fluffy pancake with a distinctive flavour. Perfect for a bit of experimentation!
If, on the other hand, you want a good bit of self-denial, Healthier Mummy is on a mission to find some more nutritious varieties of pancake. She's road tested different types of wholegrain flours, which realease their energy more slowly and so make you feel fuller for longer. The spelt pancakes with maple syrup pecans are our favourite.
American pancakes are generally thicker and fluffier than their English cousins, and Fuss Free Flavours' recipe - topped with mango puree and blueberries - is a good'un.
Beetroot, blueberry and buckwheat: it says something that the best thing about these isn't even the alliteration. Veggie Desserts bring us pink pancakes, no less.
And the award for the most inspired creation goes to Oscar's Lunch, with her invention of alphabetti pancakes. All you need is batter and a clean ketchup bottle, and you're good to go - perfect if you have little ones who are learning to read.
If you're allergic to milk, eggs or wheat, it's easy to feel left out on pancake day. Le Coin De Mel was concerned that her daughter wouldn't be able to eat normal pancakes, so created this great 'free-from' recipe using soya milk, gluten free flour and no eggs - and they look delicious!
It's a divisive issue: do you have pancakes as a savoury dinner, or after dinner for dessert? If you're firmly in the pudding camp, Crew Cut And Newt's recipe for spring onion and cheese pancakes might just change your mind.
And last but absolutely not least, continuing the savoury theme, Cakes Photos Life found that the unusual combination of pancakes with meatballs went down a treat - like a kind of English enchilada.
Thanks to all our bloggers for these wonderful recipes. If you have your own pancake ideas - or, let's face it, recipes for sweet treats in general - please add them to the linky below. We can't wait to see what you come up with!
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