Close your eyes and think of what you're going to make this Pancake Day. Perhaps you are envisaging fluffy little stacks of thick, spongy loveliness dripping with warm maple syrup…
…WELL STOP, BECAUSE YOU CAN’T JUST PIGEON HOLE A PANCAKE!
Every nationality has a different pancake recipe and they all vary tremendously. Sweet, savoury, thin or fat, there just doesn’t seem to be any hard rules.
China dishes up flaky pan-fried pancakes called 'cong you bing' that are made from dough rather than batter. Whilst Finland prefers its ‘pannukakku’ to be sweet, puffy and often baked in RECTANGLULAR pans! What the actual flip!
And to celebrate the breadth and variety that comes under the pancake umbrella, we've put together some of our favourites so this Shrove Tuesday you can do something bigger and batter than you did last year...
Brits are known for their funny old traditions. And Pancake Day is certainly no exception. No other nation considers it perfectly normal to race each other whilst tossing pancakes. These British pancakes taste lovely served with sprinkled sugar and lemon wedges.
DUTCH BABY PANCAKES
Fooled you – despite the name, these Dutch baby pancakes are actually American. Baked berries in batter with vanilla extract that is served golden, puffy and dusted with icing sugar. Hello Sunday Lunch dessert...
AMERICAN PANCAKE STACK
GERMAN APPLE PANCAKES
Known as Apfelpfannkuchen in Germany, these fruity baked German apple pancakes are filled with apples and cinnamon. Wunderbar with a dollop of ice cream.
The French always have to make everything more flamboyant - including their pancakes. These classic Crêpes suzette are served in an orange sauce and flambéed – set alight – before serving. Ooh la la.
JAPANESE OKONOMIYAKI PANCAKES
This is one seriously adaptable dish and a massive trend at the moment on the foodie scene. In fact it’s name okonomi translates to ‘how you want it’. The staple is shredded cabbage in the batter, but other than that you can pretty much add whatever floats your boat. This badboy includes bacon, noodles, seaweed and shrimps.