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How to Flipping Ace at Pancakes like Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy

So, today’s the day you rush home from work, dig out your shallowest pan from the back of the cupboard (best give it a quick wipe) and turn up the gas.

For today is Shrove Tuesday which can only mean one thing – P.A.N.C.A.K.E.S.

Arguably the most hot delicious discs that even a child can knock together with common-everyday ingredients – flour, eggs and milk.

And these days, it seems, you can even leave out the eggs.

This age-old tradition falls the day before Ash Wednesday (the word Shrove comes from Shrive: To Absolve) and marks the beginning of Lent.

Today recipes and ratios vary as much as the toppings.

There are no rules. 

As long as you can flip it, it will pass as a pancake.


Mine’s a traditional batter with sugar and squeeze of lemon – oldies are goldies and all that.

Or jazz things up a notch with one of these by our favourite chefs:

#1 Mary Berry has an “easy” pancake recipe in today’s Telegraph. Even MB expects the first couple in the pan to be a “disaster” and if that’s okay with Mary that’s definitely okay with me. Note that she uses an extra egg yolk.

#2 Melissa Hemsley’s pancakes are both “perfect” and gluten-free, featuring today in the Indy, and boast quinoa flakes and mashed bananas. They also win the prize for the most beautiful photo.

#3 The Buddhist Chef does a vegan version using non-dairy milk, omitting eggs and swapping the butter for oil. Easy peasy lemon squeezy. Would like to have seen some pancake tossing in this video but there’s no reason why you can’t add that twist in.

#4 Anna Jones also champions vegan, ditching sugar for the natural sweetness of mashed banana and the toothsome flavours of oats and nuts. They’re called “breakfast” pancakes but hey, it’s always breakfast time somewhere in the world.