Food & Drink Monday, February 12th

Pro tips to making perfect (Instagram-able) pancakes from Hereford's ARoT chefs

Food & Drink Monday, February 12th

Pro tips to making perfect (Instagram-able) pancakes from Hereford's ARoT chefs

Pancake Day is one of adult life’s rare instances of pure, childlike joy. A syrupy beacon in amongst all the heating bills and 6am alarm clocks. For one day you can eat what basically amounts to butter, flour and chocolate spread for breakfast and no-one can say anything about it.

In the Official Holiday Power Rankings, Pancake Day still trails Christmas and Halloween but arguably it’s one decent marketing campaign and a Monday off work from taking down Easter. I mean, personally I’m partial to St Paddy’s Day – another anomaly in abdicating adult responsibility (‘yes I know it’s a Monday Geoff, now are you going to come to Spoons with me to drink whiskey in novelty hats or not?) – but where Pancake Day wins hearts and minds is the surprise factor.

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You know Paddy’s Day is March 17. It’s the same every year. But thanks to Shrove Tuesday’s relationship to the ever-shifting Easter dates, no-one ever really knows when Pancake Day is. You just find out when you flick on the tele and some poor BBC Breakfast presenter’s been sent out to the local caff to awkwardly flip a crepe on national TV.

But then follows a blissful five minutes where you throw out whatever ideas you had for dinner, and head to your local Tesco Express, grab a few lemons and join the scrap over the last dozen eggs.

Pudding, for dinner, on a Tuesday. What a world.

Now if that last-minute rush sounds familiar, check out these tips from A Rule of Tum (The Bookshop/Burger Shop) on how to make fluffy, flip-able, perfect pancakes for your Snapchat stories.

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Tip #1 Don’t bother. Seriously. You could whisk until your forearms burned and your kitchen was splattered with batter, but chances are you’re not going to knock out a stack as good as the pros. So why not just head to The Burger Shop in Hereford (or Worcester) – who are whipping up pancakes all day and all evening. It even gets you out of the washing up...

Tip #2 Still fancy it? Okay then. Good on you. Follow this insider advice from Chef Katie:

 

- Believe in butter. "Add some melted butter to your pancake mix."

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- Be patient. "Once you've mixed your batter together, let it sit for a bit to allow the mixture to thicken."

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- Flipping good. "When it comes to flipping, wait until you begin to see air bubbles - this guarantees that the pancake is cooked throughout and only need a quick blast on the other side."

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- Don’t just stick to lemon and sugar. "We like to offer a sweet and a savoury option, which is why we have Forced Rhubarb + Mascarpone Ice Cream or Tudge's Smoked Bacon, Maple Syrup + Vanilla Ice Cream. Using seasonal ingredients wherever possible will also ensure fresh and delicious toppings!"

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Find out about everything going on at The Burger Shop and The Bookshop - including Valentine's Day specials and the upcoming February Secret Dumpling Club - by following them on Instagram here.

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