Pancake day – Shrove Tuesday – Mardis Gras – Fat Tuesday – whatever you call it, it’s your chance to eat pancakes, doughnuts or sweet buns and maybe wear multi coloured beads and masks and parade the streets
We love to celebrate Pancake Day! However there are many types of pancake! the traditional English pancake is a bit thicker than a crepe and thinner than an American or Scotch pancake. So below you’ll find a recipe for making your own English vegan pancakes. However if you don’t feel like cooking there are plenty of Liverpool independents serving up the most amazing fluffy pancakes!
The celebration has its roots in both Pagan and Christian religions. The Slavic countries celebrated the returning of the sun and the cycle of the seasons with small thick savoury pancakes called Blini, a yeasted small fluffy pancake which is still a staple of everyday Russian cuisine.
Many Commonwealth countries celebrate Pancake Day on Shrove Tuesday. Being the last day before Lent, which is a time to absolve yourself of sins and practice ritual fasting. Many people whether religious or not, give up something for Lent, such as chocolate or cake. Pancakes were an ideal way of using up all the things in your cupboards that you couldn’t eat during your ritual fast. For example in Scandinavia, Shrovetide is celebrated with Semla a type of sweet bun whilst Italy and Madeira, among others, celebrate with doughnut style treats.
It is also celebrated by carnivals and processions with bright costumes and known as Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday) in many countries including Belgium, Germany, Italy and USA.
English Vegan Pancakes makes approx 6 pancakes
- 4oz plain flour
- 1 teaspoon of egg replacer mixed with 2 tablespoons of water
- 1 1/4 cup of soy milk
- 1 teaspoon of vegetable / sunflower oil or vegan butter – plus extra for frying
- Sugar and lemon juice to serve
How to make vegan pancakes
- Add the wet ingredients to the sifted flour and whisk until smooth, leave to rest for 10 minutes
- Heat a large frying pan and add a drop of oil
- Ladle batter into the middle of the pan and swirl to cover the base
- Cook for approx 1 minute, checking for when the underside is cooked using a spatula
- If you are brave you can toss the pancake to flip it over, otherwise flip it carefully using a fish slice/spatula
- When both sides have cooked slide onto a plate and serve.
Traditionally pancakes are served with a sprinkling of caster sugar and a squeeze of lemon, this is still my favourite, but how about switching it up with vegan chocolate sauce and slices of banana, maple syrup and berries or for an adult only version, how about vegan vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of limoncello or any liqueur of your choice.
Pancakes are quick and easy to make however sometimes you just don’t want to spend time in the kitchen, well don’t worry we’ve got you covered with our top tips of where to get your vegan pancake fix in Liverpool.
Potts coffee are treating us to an entire week of their delicious fluffy pancakes, with a whopping 34 toppings to choose from including fresh berries, chocolate chunks, ice cream, syrups, bacon and scrambled tofu, you’ll surely want to go back everyday for a different flavour combination!
The Caledonia, our favourite vegan pub, will be serving up pancakes with sweet and savoury toppings all day between 12-9pm. So, with delicious pancakes and beer, what’s not to love!
Glass onion is a vegetarian/vegan cafe on Allerton Road, they have vegan pancakes available! What’s more they are topped with strawberries and maple syrup amongst others.
Veggie Republic have pancakes on their dessert menu as standard, 5 pancakes served with ice cream or whipped cream anyday you like!
The Old Hardware Shops puns are nearly as good as their food! The Mardi Grartichoke toasted bagel sounds immense – what better way to celebrate Mardi Gras.
Pancakes for breakfast are great! However if you are looking for a savoury breakfast, check out our Austin Style Breakfast Tacos