Get creative with your Pancake Day festivities this year…

Pancake Day is always a great opportunity to get out the frying pan, make a mess in the kitchen and consume way too much sugar. Yet if you feel like you’ve tried every pancake recipe in the book, you might want to mix up your Pancake Day this year and try something different. Here are some ideas for those looking to shake up their Shrove Tuesday.

An Elegant Affair
Instead of battling the batter and attempting (and, in my case, failing) to perfectly flip pancakes, inevitably making a huge mess, why not don your best garbs and head to a fine country manor for Pancake Day? Ston Easton Park, a gorgeous country manor near Bath, will be offering a delectable Shrove Tuesday Afternoon Tea. It’s still a little chilly outside, so cosy up in front of their crackling fire and indulge in traditional afternoon tea, complete with pancakes made in front of your eyes by the talented chefs. It’s worth taking a wander around the beautiful gardens to work off all that food too – certainly a memorable way to spend your Pancake Day (and there’ll be no mess to clear up).

All ‘Ale’ the Pancake
If you do fancy getting stuck in, perhaps try your hand at making beer pancakes. It’s a very simple adaptation that tastes amazing (and you can sip your favourite ale while you cook them). Simply take your usual pancake recipe and substitute the milk for beer. Pancakes made with beer will be malty in flavour and will often be lighter and fluffier. These go fantastically well with bacon and a squeeze of maple syrup, and make for a really comforting supper.

Cambridge Brewing Co. / Foter / CC BY-ND/

A Pancake Day Race
The capital has a long history of hosting Pancake Day racing, and there’s more than one to choose from this year: races in Bankside, Spitalfields Market and Greenwich Market, and The Flipping Marvellous Pancake Race in Bermondsey, are all in action on this fine day. It’s a great excuse to show off those pancake-tossing skills – participants are required to toss pancakes throughout the duration of the race – or, if you’re not so hot with a frying pan, take to the sidelines and cheer on those taking part.

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