For my three boys, Pancake Day is up there with Halloween and Christmas as one of the most important days in the year. Who knew that combining flour, eggs and milk could have so much power?! This year, they’re hoping to wolf down 45 pancakes between them – yes, the big and flat ones (crepe-style), not the fluffy American ones. If your kids are starting to show a serious interest in Pancake Day, then here’s a few pointers that I’ve learned the hard way:
- If you can, always cook them ahead. There’s nothing worse than frantically cooking each one at a time, surrounded by hungry kids arguing who’s having the next one. Many people don’t realise you can even make them the night before and just heat them up!
- If you can get away with it, go for American-style pancakes – they’re so much quicker to make!
- If you haven’t got time to make them, just buy them. Most supermarkets stock excellent quality scotch pancakes and crepes, and with some tasty toppings, they’ll be just as delicious.
This is where it gets interesting! Indulge yourself in whatever takes your fancy, but if you need some inspiration then these get top marks in the Frith house:
- Frankfurters and ketchup
- Ham and cheese
- Fruit and sugar
- Nutella, with or without banana
- Lemon and sugar – the classic
If you’re keen to take it to the next level, pancake art offers lots of room for creativity and looks amazing. However, there is no way I’m encouraging that in my house!