Do Pancake Day in style this year with these bonkers-but-delish-toppings for your Shrove celebrations
Pancake Day is almost upon us – the second most important holiday of the year (after fireworks night) – so TT has been trying out the weirdest and most wonderful toppings to make this year’s PD the best ever. To be savoured whether you’re giving up anything for lent or not.
Start with the basic recipe for Delia’s pancakes. As with all Delia’s food, this cannot go wrong. Make sure you use plenty of mix for each pancake so they’re thick enough to soak up the sauce. Then pick a topping…
For all recipes we didn’t measure anything out so use your common sense for amounts.
Thai green curry
Voted best by TT’s Pancake Guinea Pigs, this sauce is thick and spicy and soaks nicely into the pancake base.
Ingredients: Chicken, assorted veg (mushroom, peppers etc. as desired), Thai green curry paste, 1 x tin coconut milk, grated ginger. Optional extra chillis.
Method: In a wok, heat up coconut milk and curry paste, then add the rest of the ingredients and stir until sauce thickens and chicken is cooked through. Spoon onto pancakes. Roll up. Guzzle.
Buy your minced beef from the butchers. It’s tastier and cheaper. This is really delicious if super spicy and the mature cheddar partners it perfectly (as it does with most things).
Ingredients: Mince, mushrooms, onion, garlic, chili, chili powder, cheddar.
Method: Heat in frying plan until cooked through. Add to pancakes. Grate cheddar over meat while still hot.
Use lots of Mexican spicing to get the flavours of the ranch. Try adding dried Mexican chillis for an extra smokey taste.
Ingredients: Chicken, 1 x tin tomatoes, cumin, coriander, chili powder, whole spice.
Method: Chop chicken and heat with rest of ingredients in a saucepan for 15-20 minutes until cooked through. Extra time may be needed to reduce sauce. Add to panakes. Sprinkle over feta or crumbly goat’s cheese if liked. An addition of avocado is a yummy choice.
Poached salmon & cream cheese
Ingredients: Salmon, cream cheese, milk, dill
Method: Cover salmon with milk in a saucepan, add a good dollop of cream cheese, a sprinkle of dill and poach for 5-7 minutes or until cooked through. Remove skin and shred with your fingers. Add a little poaching sauce. Spread cream cheese on pancake then the salmon. YUM.
The savoury-to-sweet transition pancake
Mature Cheddar cheese and chocolate spread
This takes no cooking and is inexplicably amazing. TT used Hotel Chocolate’s Smudge chocolate but we assume Nutella would work nearly as well. Spread chocolate sauce over pancake. Sprinkle with cheddar. Show to your unconvinced friends before enjoying with a smug look.