Shrove Tuesday, or Pancake Day, is when everyone reaches for the flour, milk and eggs, but why cook them only one day a year? Pancakes are actually an incredibly versatile dish - they can be sweet or savoury, western-style flats or crispy Asian parcels. Once you understand the rules for how to make pancakes from scratch, you can spend a lifetime making homemade pancakes with different ingredient combinations.
There are literally hundreds of variations and different details that make a huge difference to your homemade pancakes. Adding melted butter to your pancake mix gives them a smooth, silky texture and there are plenty of vegan alternatives for your, such as almond milk. A ¼ cup of chocolate chips can make your pancakes a sweet treat your family will love.
The basic ingredients for pancake batter include dry ingredients: wheat flour, baking powder, sugar and a pinch of salt; and wet ingredients: eggs, a cup of milk and toppings like maple syrup and lemon juice. They are best cooked until golden brown on a non-stick frying pan, in a nob of melted butter.
Whichever way you like your pancakes, you can discover here everything you need to know from the best chefs in the business.
Michelin Chefs Cook Pancakes
Gordon Ramsay's Top Three Pancake Recipes
A quick scan of the Internet reveals no Michelin-starred chef has made more pancake recipes than Gordon Ramsay. There are many to choose from, but they are all good, with useful tips and tricks delivered in the chef’s no-nonsense, rapid-fire delivery. This video is a three-in-one, with ideas for this Tuesday that will also work for breakfast or brunch all year round.
Heston Blumenthal's Pancakes with Bacon Maple Syrup
Heston’s quest for perfection comes to pancakes, and this clever approach to pancakes with bacon-infused maple syrup reminds us of the chef’s genius. Well worth a watch.
Raymond Blanc's Best Ever Pancakes
If you're going to learn how to make pancakes, you may as well learn from Raymond Blanc. The Michelin-star chef brings his wealth of knowledge and classic French techniques to demonstrate how to make an old-school pancake.
Air Pancake technique – Albert Adrià
Check out the Spanish maestro’s legendary Air Pancake from his Enigma restaurant in Barcelona.
American-Style Scotch Pancakes with Caramelised Bananas
Another one from Ramsay, this time a look at decadent, sinful scotch pancakes with bananas. An ode to American diner-style indulgence.
Reitbauer Prepares a Crêpe Dish at the Michelin-Star Steirereck
Is a crepe a pancake? Yes, it is, Here's Michelin-star chef Heinz Reitbauer preparing a crêpe dish at his restaurant Steirereck im Stadtpark in Vienna, Austria. Wunderbar.