Shrove Tuesday is one of my very favourite days of the year. It is the one day I actually get round to making pancakes. Pancakes are one of my favourite foods, but have found it difficult to find a perfect free from recipe. My favourite pancake is very traditional, which I make with wheat and gluten free plain flour, but if you can tolerate wheat or gluten, you could try some French style crêpes, or even raw vegan pancakes, but the recipe below is my absolute favourite fail safe recipe which works for almost all food intolerances.
As for fillings, the day is not complete for me without having savoury and sweet pancakes for my supper, so I have given you some of my favourites below, which can be adapted according to your taste and diet.
Just a quick note on the recipe – it is an absolutely fail safe recipe provided you stick to the quantities below. You can substitute cow’s milk for soya milk and rice milk using the same quantity, but please keep the quantity of gluten and wheat free flour exact, as this can really alter how the pancakes turn out. Please don’t use wheat flour instead – the free from flour is much more absorbent.
Basic pancake recipe
Makes roughly 10 pancakes, using a 6″ pan
125g Wheat and Gluten Free plain flour (I use one of the leading brands sold in the supermarket and it works beautifully)
2 large eggs
335ml Milk (Cow’s milk, soya milk and rice milk all work very well)
Ø Cream cheese, spinach leaves and mushrooms
Ø Parma ham and chopped sundried tomato
Ø Cheese, ham and egg
Ø Egg and spinach
Ø Garlic mushrooms
Ø Chocolate spread and freshly squeezed orange juice (it really does work)
Ø Fruit compote – you can buy some great jarred compotes. I like blackberry (pictured) or cherry
Ø Grated dark chocolate and sliced strawberries
Ø Mark’s banana pancakes – placed slices of banana in the bottom of the pan before adding the batter. The bananas will be lovely and soft. The only thing is, it is quite hard to flip!
Ø Sliced oranges with a shot of Cointreau
Ø Mixed berries and soya ice cream
Ø Caramelised apples with cinnamon and raisins
Ø Salted caramel (dulce de leche and a tiny sprinkling of sea salt)