It’s Shrove Tuesday, Pancake Day. Traditionally made with milk, eggs and flour, at first glance it might seem pancakes are off the menu for sensitive eaters or plant-based diners. Fortunately, that’s not the case. There’s a whole assortment of plant-based pancake recipes available that are egg, dairy and even gluten free.
Here are three versions on the website you could try:
- A simple buckwheat pancake, so gluten free as well as dairy free, more like a traditional pancake and still just as good! http://thesensitivefoodiekitchen.com/buckwheat-pancakes-for-pancake-day/
- A lovely thick and fluffy pancake made with apple and maple syrup – http://thesensitivefoodiekitchen.com/half-term-breakfast-pancakes/
- If you fancy something even more unusual, why not give these pumpkin pancakes a go? http://thesensitivefoodiekitchen.com/pumpkin-pancakes/
Whatever type of plant-based pancakes you try, there is the potential for disaster in creating the mix or cooking the pancake. So to avoid disappointment and frustration, and to have wonderfully light and tasty pancakes to devour tonight, here are my top tips for a perfect Pancake Day. Enjoy!
- If you are making a flax-egg, make sure you use freshly ground flaxseed and leave the mix to thicken for a few minutes before pouring into the pan. You need to let the flaxseed to do it’s magic and help stop the pancake falling apart when you flip it.
- Use a good quality non-stick pancake pan (like this one) or thin frying pan. Pre-heat the pan on a medium heat for a couple of minutes before pouring in the first dollop of batter. This will help the pancake to cook through more evenly, preventing it from either burning, or just not cooking at all!
- Patience is key. Once you have poured in your pancake mix and spread it around the pan, leave it be until the surface is covered with lots of bubbles. If you have the heat right, it won’t burn and will be set enough to flip successfully. Go to soon, and it will collapse in a soggy heap.
- Be adventurous – plant-based cooking is the perfect opportunity to let your creativity run wild, either with the mix or with the toppings.
- Have fun. Letting the kids help with creating and cooking your pancakes is the perfect opportunity to spend quality time with them, as well as help them learn about real food and flavours.