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Are you old-school or a little bit hipster when it comes to your pancake toppings? Do you eat the same pancake topping your mammy gave you when you were a kid or have you tried something ‘new’ over the years?

Here’s our definitive ranking of pancake toppings:

1. Nutella
Whether it’s with marshmallows, strawberries or banana (what’s wrong with you?) Nutella is the clear winner. The way it melts slowly on a warm pancake is nothing short of magic.

2. Lemon and sugar
Ah, the pancake of our childhoods before Nutella came along and still very much a part of the Irish Pancake Tuesday conscience. Whether you get yours from a Jiff lemon or are posh and go for real lemons, lemon and sugar is still a winner in our eyes.

3. Maple syrup and bacon
This combination is a serious win from the other side of the Atlantic – and one that is really growing on us here. Alas, it’s not the same with a good ol’ fashioned Irish rasher and so streaky bacon must be used, but it’s worth the extra eye-scan in the supermarket.  

4. Golden Syrup
That tin of golden goodness from your childhood that was impossible to open is now much more easily attained in a squeezy bottle. And it still tastes as good – especially on a pancake.

5. Savoury
Ever had a savoury pancake? You should – they’re amazing! From fillings of ham and cheese to feta and sundried tomatoes – if the croissant can do it, then why not the pancake?!

Happy Pancake Tuesday, people of Ireland! 

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It’s Pancake Tuesday, people. And that means getting out your batter mix, stocking up on Nutella and getting ready to show off those serious pancake skills – well, sort of. 

While this hallowed day remains a source of much excitement for us big kids out there, many of us are still learning how to perfect the idyllic pancake. 

And if you are anything like us, you're not even close. Here are seven signs you are a total pancake novice:

1) You still follow a recipe for pancake batter 

And have been known to give in and buy the pre-made stuff 

2) You are ten times more excited about the toppings than the pancakes

Nutella, marshmallows, lemon, sugar, sprinkles, Cadbury's, maple syrup, the possibilities are ENDLESS 

3) Attempts to flip pancakes in the pan have ended in disaster 

You are totally okay with not being skilled in this department

4) Your pancakes usually unintentionally end up being a cross between a waffle and a crepe 

But it always taste just right… most of the time

5) You have realised that not over-cooking one side of a pancake is a literal pre-ordained skill

And you cannot master it  

6) You have never mastered the perfect pancake 

But it's okay because the toppings cover all 

7) Thank goodness for places like Lemon 

If all else fails, you're going out. 

Because pancakes of some description are simply a necessity today. MMMMM…

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Pancake Tuesday is one of those celebrations that always creeps up on us every year – and 2019 is no different. 

The annual feast is officially happening tomorrow, marking the beginning of Lent and the count down to Easter. 

However, if you're not up for cooking up a storm yourself, you can nab a free pancake at The Stella Diner. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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To celebrate Pancake Tuesday, the Stella Diner will be giving out one complimentary pancake with topping to each customer with no purchase necessary.

The Stella Diner is Dublin’s home to truly authentic warm and fluffy American-style pancake stacks – and it's beyond delicious. 

To claim your pancake and topping simply rock up to the Diner on Pancake Tuesday between 8am – 10pm and you will be served a delicious pancake free of charge.

Located at 211 Rathmines Road Lower, Dublin 6, it's the perfect excuse to get out of the office if you work in the area, or head over after work fro a sweet treat on the commute home. 

There is only one pancake per customer, so bring a crew if you want to try multiple toppings.

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In case you live under a rock and you have missed the mountains of Nutella, pans and maple syrup on display in the shops for the past few days, today is Pancake Tuesday!

And with pancakes being one of the most picture-worthy food, no wonder why Instagram is having an absolute field day.

To make you drool in front of your screen before you can get your hands on a proper stack, we have gathered some seriously food-porny pancakes (and yes, we might have used some as screen saver for the day).

1. Oat pancakes with cranberry jam and raspberry yoghurt

 

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2. Ombré pancakes with mini marshmallows

 

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3. Strawberry and maple syrup pancakes

4. Nutella stuffed pancakes

 

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5. Unicorn pancakes

6. Chocolate and orange pancakes

 

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7. Salted caramel pancakes

 

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8. Ombré pancake cake

9. Nutella and raspberry pancakes

 

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10. Rainbow pancakes

 

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This year, Gino’s Gelato is celebrating Pancake Tuesday, 13th February, by giving away FREE crêpes to customers between 9am-12pm.

Breakfast of champions, if you ask us!

Pancake Tuesday is always cause for celebration. Eating all your favourite things before the long drought that is Lent, sets in #notgivingupanythingthough! 

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However, this year there’s even more reason to get excited. Gino’s Gelato is offering FREE sugar and lemon crêpes from 9am to 12pm on Tuesday13th February – no catches (we swear!)

The gelato masters offer an extensive range of crêpes from the traditional to the extraordinary with favourites including Gino’s Chocolate Oreo Crêpe –Crushed Oreos, White Chocolate Sauce, Fresh Cream and Gino’s Melted Oreo Variegato, Gino’s Special – Nutella, Sliced Banana and Chopped Strawberries or the Traditional – Lemon, Butter & Sugar.

We're drooling lads. 

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So, what’s the difference between pancakes and crepes? The main difference is that pancake batter has a raising agent in it, such as baking powder or baking soda, and crepe batter doesn’t. This means that pancakes are thicker and fluffy while crêpes are thin and flat. Generally, pancakes are associated with being ‘American-style’ while crêpes are the European take on the breakfast favourite.

There you have it now, every day is a school day! 

Gino’s Gelato has 15 locations nationwide including Galway, Waterford, Arklow and Newbridge as well as 11 stores across Dublin. The FREE crêpes will be available in ALL stores offering a crêpe service. 

Arrive early to avoid disappointment!

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These legendary unicorn pancakes with marshmallow sauce are exactly the type of delight everyone needs to experience.

They're SO easy to make – so no excuses! 

Ingredients for the pancakes

  • 115g plain flour

  • Pinch of salt

  • 1tsp Dr. Oetker baking powder

  • Caster sugar

  • 1 large egg (beaten)

  • 100ml whole milk

  • 100g Dr. Oetker unicorn chips

  • 10ml vegetable oil

Ingredients for marshmallow sauce

  • 100g Dr. Oetker heart marshmallows

  • 100ml of double cream

Recipe for pancakes

  1. Sift the flour, salt, baking powder and sugar into a large bowl and make a well in the centre. Add the egg and milk and gradually whisk into the dry ingredients until well blended. Stir in the unicorn chips.

  2. Heat a heavy based frying pan or griddle pan, add some of the oil and allow to heat, then drop 2 tablespoons of the batter into the pan to make each pancake.

  3. Cook over a medium heat until bubbles appear, this takes about 2 minutes. Flip the pancake over with a slice or palette knife to cook the other side until it is golden brown.

  4. Lift pancakes onto a cooling rack that is covered with kitchen towel and place more kitchen towel lightly on the top. Cook all the batter and if necessary add more oil to the pan.

  5. To decorate, break the white chocolate into a heatproof bowl and stand over a saucepan of barely simmering water until melted. Remove from the water and cool for 10 minutes.

Recipe for marshmallow sauce

  1. In a saucepan, gently melt the heart marshmallows with the cream. The sauce will thicken slightly as it cools. It can be reheated gently if needs be.

DEVOUR! 

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With it being Pancake Tuesday and all tomorrow, there's no way to go about it other than shoving thirty-seven pancakes into your mouth, right?

Well, Gino's Gelato will be there to get you started tomorrow morning by offering its first 20 customers FREE crepes. Yay!

Taking place in all 13 outlets across the country, you'll need to be there quick to nab the top 20 spot.

Gino's has also cleared up the difference between a pancake and a crepe, just in case you were wondering.

"The main difference is that pancake batter has a raising agent in it, such as baking powder or baking soda, and crepe batter doesn’t. 

"This means that pancakes are thicker and fluffy while crêpes are thin and flat. Generally, pancakes are associated with being ‘American-style’ while crêpes are the European take on the breakfast favourite."

So, there you go. See you bright and early, yeah?

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Tomorrow is Pancake Tuesday, and we are so excited we just can't cope.

But before we start pouring the maple syrup and sprinkling the chocolate chips, let's have a look at Instagram to get some inspiration.

It might be hard to believe but some of these scrumptious recipes are actually healthy so you can enjoy them guilt-free! 

That's right, ladies, we got your back on this one.

Fluffy pancakes with maple syrup and shiitake bacon

 

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Carrot cake pancakes

 

Rolled crêpe cake 

 

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Almond butter and berry

 

Crêpes with fun toppings

 

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2 ingredient pancakes

 

Prosciutto pancakes

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The annual Stuff Your Face With Pancakes Day is on the horizon, so we’ve compiled a list of four alternatives to the classic (but admittedly delicious) butter/lemon/sugar combos.

These treats are definitely worth skipping dinner for…

1. Peanut Butter Pancakes

A recipe that incorporates every #fitfam fanatic’s favourite condiment, these pancakes are just the right amount of sweet and salty. Pair them with some raspberries or a drizzle of honey to bring out the flavours. Make sure to use crunchy peanut butter to get the desired consistency. Recipe available here.

 

2. Paleo Pancakes

If you’re a Paleo follower but still want to have some indulgence to celebrate the advent of spring, try The Civilized Caveman’s super easy paleo banana pancakes. With only four ingredients, you can’t go wrong.

Ingredients

  • 3 bananas – mashed (the riper the better)
  • 3 eggs
  • ½ cup nut butter
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon

Instructions

1. Combine all of your ingredients using a blender (or some elbow grease if you don’t have one) and mix well until you have a batter

2. Grease your frying pan with coconut oil and pour your batter making 3-4 inch pancakes

3. Cook 2-3 minutes per side and then flip for 2-3 minutes

4. Serve topped with some butter or topping of your choice

 

3. Chocolate Protein Pancakes

These amazing chocolate protein pancakes are an amazing way to get involved in the Pancake Tuesday fun while sticking to your high protein workout diet.

You can switch up the chocolate protein for vanilla or banana for a different twist, or try cooking some banana slices into the batter on the pan from an extra fruity twist. This recipe from Jennifer Meyering is one of our favourites.

 

4. Oatmeal Pancakes with Blueberry Sauce  

Tired of your morning oats but want to stay full until lunch? These oatmeal pancakes are a little bit more ingredient heavy than some of the others but they’re worth the effort!

The buttermilk gives them a nice tang and the cinnamon adds some great extra flavour. If you want to keep your sugar intake low, instead of blueberry sauce, use fresh blueberries and some Greek yoghurt as a hearty and healthy topping. Recipe details here.

 

BONUS – The Classic

You need to have a staple pancake recipe in your life and THIS IS IT. It's foolproof, tasty and you probably already have all the ingredients in your cupboard. There is no excuse – to the kitchen with you. Happy Pancaking…

Ingredients

  • 100g plain flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 300ml semi-skimmed milk
  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil (plus extra for frying)
  • Pinch of salt

Method

1. Put the flour and a pinch of salt into a large mixing bowl and make a well in the centre. Crack the eggs into the middle, then pour in about 50ml milk and 1 tbsp oil. Start whisking from the centre, gradually drawing the flour into the eggs, milk and oil. Once all the flour is incorporated, beat until you have a smooth, thick paste. Add a little more milk if it is too stiff to beat.

2. Add a good splash of milk and whisk to loosen the thick batter. While still whisking, pour in a steady stream of the remaining milk. Continue pouring and whisking until you have a batter that is the consistency of slightly thick single cream. Traditionally, people would say to now leave the batter for 30 mins, to allow the starch in the flour to swell, but there’s no need.

3. Heat the pan over a moderate heat, then wipe it with oiled kitchen paper. Ladle some batter into the pan, tilting the pan to move the mixture around for a thin and even layer. Quickly pour any excess batter into a jug, return the pan to the heat, then leave to cook, undisturbed, for about 30 secs. Pour the excess batter from the jug back into the mixing bowl. If the pan is the right temperature, the pancake should turn golden underneath after about 30 secs and will be ready to turn.

4. Hold the pan handle, ease a fish slice under the pancake, then quickly lift and flip it over. Make sure the pancake is lying flat against base of the pan with no folds, then cook for another 30 secs before turning out onto a warm plate. Continue with the rest of the batter, serving them as you cook or stack onto a plate. You can freeze the pancakes for 1 month, wrapped in cling film or make them up to a day ahead.

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Ahhhh Pancake Tuesday, it’s the day all Irish people look forward to most. The day when you can have pancakes for breakfast, lunch and dinner and nobody can give out to you because it’s Lent the next day.

While pancakes are fairly standard, whether you like them with lemon and sugar, maple syrup and bacon or even savoury, the pancake doesn’t get much shaking up. But that’s because it doesn’t need it.

So rather than trying to fix something that ain’t broke, we just…upgraded it a bit! Instead of having one pancake after another, you can have several, in a SLICE of Pancake cake. Oh yes.

Here’s the recipe:

For the batter:
Makes 12 pancakes

  • 100g plain flour
  • 2 large eggs
  • 300ml milk
  • 1tsp. vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  1. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients into a smooth batter and chill in the fridge for up to an hour.
  2. Cook the pancakes as you normally would and set aside until you are finished all of the batter.
  3. Spread your filling of choice (ours is Nutella and mini marshmallows) on each one and stack them on top of one another so it resembles a cake.
  4. Add some raspberries on top and cut a slice of chocolate-y, marshmallow-y, pancake-y goodness in perfect proportions.

Because you're giving up chocolate tomorrow, remember?! 

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Everyone loves pancakes right?

Our guess is that there is a very small percentage of people who dislike them. With all the gluten-free, grain-free and starch-free recipes out there, there’s just so much you can do to pancake to make them suit your desires or dietary needs.

Here are some tips on how you can prepare for Pancake Tuesday:

Look out for deals
Plenty of supermarkets are doing discounts on pancake toppings such as chocolate spread, lemon juice or honey. So make sure you head down to your local supermarket to see what deals they have

Make your own topping
If you want to be creative, you could always make your own topping beforehand. Maple syrup is pretty easy to make and you can store it away for a couple of weeks (if it lasts that long).

Be prepared to share
We know, it’s a tough one. But look at in this way, the more you share, the less pounds you put on!

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With Pancake Tuesday only days away, it’s time we start to perfect our cooking skills.

This maple syrup recipe takes only a couple of minutes to make so you and your family can enjoy it in no time.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 200g white sugar
  • 220g brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon flavored maple extract
  • 250ml water

Method:

  1. Bring the water, white sugar, and brown sugar to a boil in a saucepan over medium-high heat.
  2. Stir until the sugar has completely dissolved and reduce heat.
  3. Add maple extract and then simmer 3 minutes longer.
  4. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
  5. Once cooled, the syrup will have the perfect consistency.
  6. Pour over or dip into pancakes.
  7. Enjoy!
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