The ultimate guide to pancake day

This year it falls on Tuesday 28th February. Households everywhere will do some flipping, frying and tucking into delicious pancakes! Don’t know how to do your own pancake day? Fear not, I am here with all you need to know! I use this blog to show you how to make your own, topping choices and recipe ideas!


History of pancake day

Pancake day actually have a religious background and comes from Anglo-Saxon Christians. People would use up all their ingredients so they could fast for 40 days before Easter. The ingredients made pancakes.. and that’s why we now have pancake day! Pancake day changes every year but is always on a Tuesday. It is dependent on when Easter is!

How to make a pancake

So option 1 of is to make your pancake from scratch. They are easy to make.

You’ll need

  • 100g of plain flour
  • 2 large eggs
  • 300ml of milk
  • Some sort of oil
  • Frying pan
  • Toppings of choice (see below for topping ideas!)

Mix the flour, eggs and milk together until smooth. Put some oil in a frying pan. Remember the size of the frying pan will be the size of the pancake! When the frying pan is hot pour some of the mixture into it. Cook each side of pancake till it’s golden brown (should take 1 or 2 minutes each side).  To turn the pancake over you could have a go at flipping the pancake!


Option 2 for pancake day is using a ready made mix. Pancake day is completely student friendly because supermarkets sell ready-made pancake mix with instructions of what to do! Bonus: they’re only £1 in Tesco and make up to 6 pancakes! All you need is this mix, oil and a frying pan!


Popular Pancake toppings

Pancake is all about experimenting and finding out what makes the perfect pancake topping for you! Here are some ideas of toppings that are popular on sweet and savoury pancakes!

  • Lemon Juice
  • Syrup
  • Sugar
  • Chocolate- Nutella, melted chocolate, chocolate chips
  • Fresh fruit- strawberries, bananas, raspberries blueberries ect
  • Dried Fruit- Sultanas, bananas, apple, apricots ect
  • Cream
  • Honey
  • Caramel sauce
  • Soft cheese
  • Jam
  • Ice Cream
  • Nuts
  • Yogurt

Pancake Ideas

Can’t decide from that long list of what to put on your pancake? Here are some ideas of toppings mixes you could have!

The Traditional

When I was growing up the traditional toppings for a pancake would be lemon juice, syrup and sugar! If you are looking for something lighter and less sickly then this is the perfect topping combination for you!

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The Nutella Filled

My favourite pancake is a Nutella pancake with strawberries and banana! To make a Nutella filled pancake fill the pan with a layer of pancake mix, then add ½ a teaspoon of Nutella and spread this around. Then add another layer of pancake mix and start cooking! Cut up some strawberries and bananas and you have my perfect pancake!


Banoffee Pancake

Another idea is a banoffee pancake. For a banoffee pancake you’ll need bananas, caramel sauce, whipping cream and roasted pecans.


Millionaire Shortbread Pancake

What about a millionaires shortbread pancake? Sprinkle shortbread over the pancake and put some caramel sauce over the top. Melt some chocolate, Nutella or chocolate sauce over the pancake and you’ve got a millionaire shortbread pancake!


The healthier option

If you still want to enjoy pancake day, but don’t want to completely ruin your diet, a healthier option for pancake day would be to top the pancake with your favourite fruit! Berries such as raspberries, blueberries and strawberries add a great flavour to the pancake. Adding dried fruit and nuts would be a good mix too!


Now you’re all set to have the perfect pancake day! Remember 28th of February is pancake day – don’t miss it!

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