Shrove Tuesday, or pancake day, is on 16 February this year, which means it’s not that far away. However, if you’re bored of the same old tired toppings, we’ve found 17 ways to amp up your pancake-making and make it the best Shrove Tuesday ever.
From the fanciest of alternative toppings to clever gadgets, vegan mixes to pre-made kits, we’ve found everything to make this a pancake day to remember. After all, we’re looking for any chance to celebrate and make home life a little different and more exciting right now, so why not unleash your inner child and throw yourself into creating the ultimate pancake day?
The fancy toppings
If you’re going to go fancy, let’s go fancy fancy, with Fortnum & Mason’s smooth vegan pistachio and rose flavoured nut butter from their artisan producer in Shropshire.
Rowse, aka the honey experts, have invented a new kind of spread: chocolate honey. Containing just two ingredients (honey and cocoa), it’s as moreish as you’re expecting.
Online food retailer Sous Chef has plenty of fun ingredients that would make for great pancake toppings, such as a dusting of this intensely purple sugar with a hint of violet aroma. Or why not try the Kito Yuzu Jam (£13.99) or the Cloudberry Sea Salted Caramel Spread (£6.99).
You’ve had their intensely indulgent dessert pots, now slather that Gü-ey goodness all over your pancakes.
For Percy Pig fans, you can’t not have a drizzle of Percy Pig dessert sauce, which is packed full of all that signature Percy flavour: a mix of raspberry, strawberry, cherry and grape.
Following the huge success of M&S’s lemon gin & tonic sauce, this year they’ve introduced the lemon sherbet drizzle sauce for adding a zesty flare to your pancakes. It goes great with a dollop of double cream and a smattering of blueberries.
The fun pancakes
Aldi’s emoji pancake pan has previously been described as a ‘best purchase’ by customers. There’s also an animal faces pan and a mini waffle-style pan, too.
If you’re a pancakes in the morning sort of person, you’ll love this easy-to-use mini ‘Good Morning’ silicone mould for the cheeriest of pancakes.
The ready-made pancake
More for the Percy Pig enthusiasts, what better way to celebrate the day than with pink pancakes flavoured with that iconic fruity Percy flavouring you know and love (don’t forget to top them with the Percy Pig dessert sauce and the pig himself in his original sweet form).
The vegan one
M&S’s vegan Plant Kitchen range has gone from strength to strength recently, and now their vegan pancake shaker mix (that they assure ‘you’d never know it was vegan’) means plant-based eaters needn’t miss out on the pancake day fun.
Made from chickpeas, this 100 per cent vegan alternative to Nutella is great for a plant-based pancake day, plus it’s palm oil free. We’ll be serving it up with sliced bananas.
Who can resist this little badger’s face? This plate by Jimbob Art is perfect for getting those Instagram-ready shots before you tuck into your pancake feast.
For mopping up that lemon juice spillage and Nutella on the chin (it happens to the best of us).
For the lemon and sugar die-hards, you pancakes won’t look better than on these stunning hand painted plates from Dutch brand &Klevering.
The lemon and sugar one
Speaking of lemon and sugar, getting every last drop of juice out of your citrus fruits has never been easier than with this genius citrus juicer.
The one that does it all for you
Horrifying memories of pancakes gone wrong? This kit from renowned baking brand Honeywell Biscuit Co will ensure nothing is left to chance, with pre-portioned ingredients, heart-shaped pancake mould, homemade chocolate spread and a raspberry coulis.
Looking for something a little different? The Little Pancake Company has an array of flavoured mixes that will make fluffy American style pancakes – choose from rocky road, apple crumble, cherry & dark chocolate and more.