THE FOOT HIGH PANCAKE CHALLENGE AND OTHER PANCAKE INSPIRATION

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We’ve had them smothered in maple syrup and crispy bacon, sifted with sugar and splashed with lemon. But have you ever had your pancake 1 foot high, cold and Russian or Antipodian for brunch? Pancake Day you’ve eluded us not, you have so much left to give! Revamp your February 17th with stacked pancake challenges, sophisticated pancake suppers and flamboyant filling combinations.

POLO 24 HOUR BAR’S foot high pancake challenge www.polo24hourbar.co.uk

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Polo 24 Hour Bar in Bishopsgate doesn’t do things by halves and Pancake Day is no exception! Well-loved locally for their strawberries and cream pancake stacks this year they have created a foot high stack of pancakes! Try it for £12.50 and if you scoff the lot in one sitting (one per person!) they’ll give you a £20 voucher for brunch for two! All week from 16 – 22 March 2015.

 

Sophisticated pancakes at SIXTYONE www.sixtyonerestaurant.co.uk

Sixtyone, the relaxed neighbourhood restaurant in south Marylebone will be serving two limited edition pancake dishes on the 17th February to mark the occasion.

Created by Chef Patron, Arnaud Stevens and his talented team, indulge in a sensational savoury number which includes a potato nutmeg pancake with foie gras and macerated Muscatel grapes or if you prefer the sweeter things in life, opt for Sixtyone’s light a fluffy lemon and sugar soufflé pancakes.

Pancakes for breakfast, lunch and dinner at BREW  www.brew-cafe.com

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At BREW, the coolly contemporary café known and loved for their deliciously innovative Antipodean menu, any time is brunch time! With sites now in Putney, Wandsworth, Clapham and Wandsworth, this pancake day make sure you indulge in their signature blueberry stack served with caramelised banana, crème fraîche and lashings of maple syrup.

The most unusual toppings at PARLOUR – www.parlourkensal.com

 

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The wonderfully creative head chef at Parlour, Jesse Dunford Wood, is always pushing the boundaries and this year’s pancake day will be no exception! Jesse has devised a whole set menu of pancakes over Shrove Tuesday week and he has said “I love making the American ‘waffle style’, using self-raising flour instead of plain flour and make the mix a little thicker. I add a little sugar to the mix to, but you can even add lemon or orange zest to give it an edge.”

Menu items will include:

Cold Russian Pancake – No real Russians were harmed during the making of this starter! May contain traces of diced salmon, shallots, capers, parsley rolled in a crepe, cut in a fancy way and garnished with leaves and more of the above.

Duck, beetroot pancake and golden broccoli – Confit duck leg with a purple beetroot pancake and buttered golden broccoli. This broccoli is just like the purple sprouting variety but a golden colour

Chocolate Pan-Cake-Cake – layers of pancake and chocolate ganache staked on top of one another. A slice is served with chocolate sauce and a quenelle of cheese cake

Book Now at www.parlourkensal.com / 020 8969 2184

 

 The perfect pancake recipe from MELROSE & MORGAN (www.melroseandmorgan.com)

Melrose and Morgan believe the way to perfect pancakes is through baking them, so they’re part pancake, part Soufleé – no chance then of the first on ending up in the bin. Adapted from an original recipe, they use a little less butter and a shorter cooking time and this combination gives great results. For an original topping suggestion their new book, GOOD FOOD FOR YOUR TABLE has a fantastic Blood Orange and Vanilla flavoured sugar recipe.

Ingredients

1 large pancake to share:

80 plain flour

120ml of milk

2 eggs lightly beaten

Freshly grated nutmeg (optional)

30g butter

2tbs icing sugar

Juice of half a lemon

Pinch of salt

Equipment

12inch frying pan with a metal handle

Bowl

Whisk

Lemon juicer

Oven mits

Sugar shaker

Method

Heat your oven to 220oC.

Combine flour, milk, eggs and nutmeg in a bowl.

Beat lightly – don’t over beat as this will toughen the pancake – a few lumps are fine.

Melt butter in the pan until hot and sizzling.

Pour the batter into the pan and immediately transfer to the oven and bake for 10mins (do not open the door).

Remove the pancake from the oven, using the oven mits, and shake it with icing sugar and squeeze with the fresh lemon juice.

Serve with raspberry jam or maple syrup, or the Blood Orange and Vanilla flavoured sugar.

Additionally, MOJO will be upping their ante this Shrove Tuesday:

Mojo- 8 D’Arblay Street, W1F 8DP (www.findmemymojo.com)

Enjoy Pancake Day without the flop this year and start your morning off with MOJO’s Quinoa, Cinnamon and Vanilla pancakes. These are pancakes that pack a punch…made with the ‘Supergrain of the Future’ quinoa is a complete protein that has almost twice as much fibre as most grains, meaning it is a great low-GI option as well as wheat-free pancake alternative. Make time for MOJO quinoa pancake and indulge on Shrove Tuesday, the healthy way…

 

BOE Magazine

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