Next Tuesday, 4th March, is Shrove Tuesday – or Pancake Day as it is also known due to the tradition of eating pancakes on the day.
While the date may change each year, Shrove Tuesday is always exactly 47 days before Easter Sunday & the day before Ash Wednesday, which signals the start of lent.
Pancakes are associated with the day preceding Lent, because they were a way to use up rich foods such as eggs, milk, and sugar, before the fasting season of the 40 days of Lent.
But what about the fillings and toppings we put on our pancakes? Classic lemon and sugar has to be in there, but how about chocolate spread and bananas, or spinach and red chilli?
Nowadays, there are so many options it can be hard to choose (although, there’s nothing to say you can’t have more than one pancake, is there?) and savoury fillings are also becoming increasingly popular.
So, to save you some time, we’ve done a bit of research to find out some of the most popular pancake filling ideas – this list is by no means exhaustive though, and we’d love to hear your favourite fillings too.
- Classic lemon & sugar
- Nutella & ice cream
- Blueberries, lemon and pecan syrup
- Strawberry jam, thick cream & chocolate chips for good measure
- Apple compote
Cook peeled apple pieces with butter, caster sugar and cinnamon to form a purée. Serve with soured cream
- Spiced winter berry
Warm frozen berries in a pan with brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice. Serve with double cream
- Boozy blood orange
Warm blood-orange slices with a sprinkle of sugar and any juice. Pour over the pancakes, add brandy and set alight. Serve with ice cream
- Chocolate and banana
Spread pancakes with Nutella (or dulce de leche for banoffee), then add slices of banana
- Spinach and red chilli
- Hot smoked honey and mustard salmon, crème fraiche and a squeeze of lemon juice
- Mushrooms, ham & grated cheese
- Blue cheese and leek
Gently cook sliced leeks and fresh thyme leaves in butter until soft, then serve in pancakes with blue cheese sprinkled on top
- Ham and Gruyère
Top pancakes with slices of ham and grated Gruyère, roll up and warm in the oven until the cheese melts
- Garlic mushrooms
Fry sliced mushrooms in a mix of butter and oil with a crushed garlic clove and chopped rosemary. When golden, stir in cream cheese and chopped parsley, then use as a filling
And of course, if all that flipping is too much for you – you can enjoy pancakes with blueberries & maple syrup in our café. Available every day between 9.30am – 12noon.