February’s biggest holiday is here! No, not Valentine’s Day – Pancake Day! Shrove Tuesday is the best excuse to forgo the January diet and have pancakes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It’s a treat for the kids and a handy way to use up all those half empty bags of flour that have been gathering in the larder – win/win!

We’ve rounded up some easy recipes that you and the kids can make together. Don’t forget the most important part and have plenty of toppings at the ready: Nutella, the classic lemon and sugar, strawberries, chocolate buttons, golden syrup… the options are endless so go wild!

Easy pancakes

These ‘cakes are so quick and simple to make, the kids can give you a hand.

You’ll need:

100g plain flour

2 eggs

300ml milk

1 tbsp oil

Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl and you’re ready to go! We told you it was easy. Heat up a well-oiled frying pan, pour the batter in, and start flipping. Keep them warm in the oven until you’re ready to dig in!

Vegan pancakes

Just because you’re dairy-free, doesn’t mean you have to forsake Pancake Day!

You’ll need:

125g plain flour

1 tsbp baking powder

¼ tsp salt

125ml dairy-free milk of choice

2 tbsp olive oil

2 tbsp maple syrup

1 tsp vanilla extract

Mix the dry ingredients in a bowl. In a separate jug, mix together the milk, oil, syrup, and vanilla extract until it’s well blended. Pour the liquid into the dry mixture and stir them together until they’re combined (but don’t overmix!). Let the batter rest for five minutes and then get frying!

Traditional Scotch Pancake

These traditional dropped scones are thicker and smaller than regular pancakes and make for a filling breakfast to kick start your day.

You’ll need:

100g plain flour

50g caster sugar

1 egg

splash of milk

Mix the flour, sugar, and egg together with a whisk until you have a floury, lumpy mix. Smooth this mix out by gradually adding splashed of milk until you get a thick but smooth batter (about the consistency of double cream). Fry until golden brown.

Chocolate-overload pancakes

Chocoholic? These slightly gooey chocolately pancakes will satisfy any sweet-tooth. Have them with berries to add a fresh, tart zing!

You’ll need:

160g plain flour

20g cocoa powder

3 tbsp caster sugar

¼ tsp salt

2 eggs

300ml milk

½ tsp vanilla extract

2 tbps melted butter

80g dark chocolate chips

Whisk the flour, cocoa powder, sugar, and salt together in a bowl. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs, milk, and vanilla extract and then mix in the melted butter. Pour the liquid into the dry ingredients and mix them until they’re combined. Stir in the chocolate chips and start frying them up!

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