Pancakes are perhaps the best food item ever invented in my opinion. They are easy to make as they only need a couple of basic ingredients (eggs, milk, flour) and the process of cooking them can be simplified into ‘pour into a pan and flip a few times’. They are so good they even have their own day of the year! Store bought pancakes are nice too and the different variants offer a bit of variety. My Nan loves a Scotch Pancake whilst my Dad is a crêpe kind of man.
Recently however, I have discovered that there is more to a pancake than meets the eye. Sure, the classic regular pancake still gets the job done and allows for complete creativity and control over the toppings. Sugar, lemon juice, strawberries, chocolate spread, whipped cream, syrup and, somewhere out there, Marmite. It had never occurred to me in my past 17 years of life to ever put something in the pancake batter itself. But a combination of my boyfriend’s cooking skills, food in the fridge that needed to be eaten and no money for buying more substantial food stuffs led to enlightenment.
I’m going to take this opportunity to guide you through a mere handful of different ingredients you could add to pancakes to spice up mealtimes without too much trouble.
A simple touch, cheese is a great addition to a savoury pancake. I would recommend adding it once the batter’s in the pan too if you want to guarantee a strong flavour, as well as a bit of salt and pepper.
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Make sure to chop up the pieces very finely as to make sure they’re evenly distributed throughout the pancake. A couple of these are surprisingly filling as well as delicious.
If you want a completely chocolate pancake mix than adding this before cooking will achieve it. Spreading it on the pancake after it’s cooked a bit though creates a gooey treat that will please any chocolate fan.
This Pancake Day, go crazy! Add whatever you want during any step of the process. Fruits, vegetables, herbs, spices and, yes, even Marmite. Pancakes are an amazing vehicle for creativity and expression in the food world and they can suit basically anyone’s taste buds with the right addition.