Pancakes are best enjoyed with a shot of something slightly stronger.
Chow down on three totally tasty, adults-only recipes for Pancake Day.
PANCAKE DAY RECIPES
Pancakes are great. The whisking, the flipping, the tossing - entertainment for all ages... But the best type of pancakes most certainly contain a dash or two of booze. Because what can possibly be better than pairing your batter with sweet cider brandy, a dash of baileys, or a tart, fruity liqueur?
So to all you lemon and sugar fans, if you're sick of the same old crèpe then this year liven up proceedings with one of the brilliantly boozy recipes, below:
APPLE BRANDY PANCAKES
This apple-English version of orangey-French favourite, Crèpes Suzette, is made with English Calvados (Apple Brandy) and served with English Sparkling Wine. A great winter alternative to the sweet summer dessert.
For the batter:
- 110g plain flour
- Pinch of salt
- 2 large eggs
- 200ml semi-skimmed milk mixed with 75ml water
- 50g butter
- 2 tbsp melted butter
- 1 Granny Smith Apple: peeled, cored and grated
- 40ml Somerset Royal Cider Brandy 3 Year Old (and more if you want to flambée
- 200ml Apple Juice
- Knob of Butter
- Juice of 1/2 a Lemon
- Crème Fraîche
Sift the flour and salt into a large mixing bowl. Soak the grated apple in a glug of brandy for a few minutes, then mix it into your pancake batter with the eggs and milk. Melt a good knob of butter in a pan, and add two tablespoons to the batter. To make the pancakes, ladle the batter into the hot buttery pan, then gently spread out the mixture into a disc shape. When bubbles appear on the surface, flip the pancakes over and continue to cook until done, then gently spread out into a disc shape. When bubbles appear on the surface, flip the pancakes over and continue to cook until done.
Put them all on warm plates, folded into quarters.
Next, simmer the apple juice in a frying pan or the cleaned pancake pan until it becomes syrupy, then stir in the butter, lemon juice and brandy. Allow the sauce to warm through and most of the alcohol to evaporate before pouring over the pancakes.
For a little more drama - and booziness - give flambéeing a go.
Gently heat a good slug of Apple Brandy in a ladle, and set light to the liquid before pouring the flaming spirit over the crèpes.
Serve with a blob of crème fraîche and a glass of chilled Gusbourne English Sparking Wine - a match made in pancake paradise.
CHERRY & CHERRY LIQUEUR PANCAKES
The addition of a Cherry Brandy Liqueur - so fruity, just sweet enough, with distinct amaretto flavours - is an excellent accompaniment to fruity pancakes packed with cherries and served with plenty of cream. Decadent? Yes. Delicious? Most definitely.
- For the batter, see above
- 300g fresh cherries, destoned
- 100ml Cherry Brandy Liqueur
- Thick cream
Make the pancakes as before, without the grated apple. Do not fold the pancakes. Cook the cherries down in the Brandy Liqueur, until most of the liquid has evaporated. Portion out the cherries onto flat pancakes, add some dollops of cream and roll up.
Serve with more Cherry Brandy in a tumbler or wine glass. Super simple, seriously tasty.
IRISH CREAM PANCAKES
Certainly more full-on dessert than Tuesday evening snack, the inclusion of Irish Cream Liqueur in pancake batter is a touch of sweet-toothed genius. As is the whipped topping. So if you're thinking of abstaining from the sweet stuff for lent, at least go out in style...
For the batter, see above, with the addition of 50ml of Feeney's Irish Cream Liqueur
For the topping:
- 50ml Irish Cream liqueur
- 2 tablespoons of butter, melted
- 100g granulated sugar
- Whipped cream
To make the topping, combine liqueur, butter and sugar and set aside. Keep cool for at least an hour. Make the pancakes as above, but with the inclusion of Irish Cream at whisking stage. To serve place a spoonful of topping on each pancake and a generous portion of whipped cream.
For something slightly healthier, simply swap out the topping for lemon and sugar.
Get creative at home - replicate Mr. Fogg's sloe gin-infused pancakes with blueberries and fresh cream or experiment with a full range of liqueurs, swapping in your fruit and spirit of choice.