5 alternative toppings for Pancake Day
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Why we don't have more pancake appreciation days than once a year we will never know. They're quick, cheap, easy and tasty. What more could you want from a meal? Maybe it's because when we think of pancakes, we think lemon and sugar and not much else. The traditional Shrove Tuesday topping is a classic, but the pancake is so versatile, so forgiving, that it will take almost any topping you throw at it and work as a great base. We've put together five alternative fillings for your pancakes this Pancake Day so why not try one out? The Churros Given that pancakes and churros share the same basic batter ingredients, it's surprising that more of us haven't tried this. Cinnamon sugar is so easy to make and keeps forever in a sealed container. A ratio of 4:1, sugar:cinnamon is commonly recommended, but it really is a personal choice. Mix the two together and you've got a perfect topping for porridge or a staple ingredient of lots of recipes such as snickerdoodles (which you have to try sometime). For your pancakes, after cooking to perfection, drop your pancake onto a plate lightly sprinkled with your cinnamon sugar. Spoon on some melted chocolate- my preference is always dark, but milk would work too and then roll up. You get the churro experience without the need for deep-fat frying, which has to be healthier and is certainly a lot safer! The Berry Nice Another great kitchen staple to have available, especially in the winter, is a bag of frozen berries. All the major supermarkets sell these and they're a fantastic way to get some fruit into your diet. If you're a smoothie fan, you can throw a handful into the blender. My personal recommendation would be warming some of the berry mix either in the microwave or on the stove and serving it with ice-cream-a brilliantly warming and reasonably healthy dessert. For Pancake Day, try heating the berries through before draining some of the juice off and spooning onto your pancake. Roll your pancakes up and serve with a generous helping of vanilla ice-cream.
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