I’m sure you are all aware that this coming Tuesday is Pancake Day, aka, Shrove Tuesday. This must be without a doubt, the best Tuesday of the year. I don’t understand why I get so excited about pancakes on this particular day. Really, I can make pancakes whatever day I like; however, I feel like Shrove Tuesday allows you to have pancakes for breakfast, lunch or dinner (or all three), and nobody can judge.
I remember when I was younger/all through school (lol, thanks Mum), Mum would always make pancakes (and I’m talking about the light and thin crepe kind of style) for dinner. It was never going to be feasible for the Whitwell’s (in particular my brother) to be up, ready for school and on time, with a tummy full of pancakes. So instead, it was always an evening tradition. I developed a kind of competition with myself to see how many pancakes I could actually manage, but then again, those were the days when I could eat anything and my tummy was still as flat as a pancake! Damn you puberty!
Anyway, since being gluten free I have been less inclined to celebrate Shrove Tuesday, however this year, I want to make a bit of effort to make a yummy GF alternative. When I say effort, I mean three ingredients and two simple steps.
So, heres the recipe…
125g gluten-free plain flour
250ml milk (dairy free alternative of either soy/almond milk)
coconut oil/dairy free butter for frying
Put the flour in a bowl and create a well in the middle. Crack the egg into the middle and pour in a quarter of the milk. Whisk thoroughly to combine the mixture then gradually add the remaining milk until your mixture is lump free.
Heat a non stick pan with a knob of butter/coconut oil. Add a small amount of mixture to the pan and swirl around to coat the base of the pan. Cook for a few minutes until golden brown on the bottom, then turn over (or flip if you’re an expert) and cook on the other side until golden. Repeat until you have used all of the mixture.
Add whatever toppings you like!
I went for caramelised banana and toasted pecans with a squeeze of agave nectar. See my pictures below!
The classic- Butter and sugar
The naughty version- Nutella (and banana if you want to redeem yourself 🙂 )
Mixed berries with a squeeze of agave nectar.
*FYI, you’re not a failure if your first pancake goes to pot, it happens to the best of us!
Alternatively, if you don’t fancy making your own pancakes, I’ve managed to find a few places around London that serve GF options. I must say, places are so good now at accommodating for gluten free eaters, plus eating gluten free in a lot of these brunch spots is being less of an alternative, and more of a trend!
Farm Girl Cafe, Notting Hill- This place gets tremendously busy, I can’t imagine what it is like on a weekend because even on a weekday there are queues. Saying that, the queue is worth it for the food and the cute surroundings.
- GF pancakes- they aren’t naughty, but they most certainly taste it! ❤
2. My Old Dutch Pancake House (various locations)- The name says it all! This place is dedicated to pancakes, I’m pretty sure there is every topping you can think of, and the portions are huge! This is my boyfriends absolute dream, whenever we have been I have to reign him in on the amount of chocolatey toppings he chooses (he always thanks me after 🙂 )
- Here is a picture of my boyfriends; surprisingly healthy, choice of pancakes. They aren’t gluten free. Apologies, I don’t have a picture of my GF large pancake, I obviously ate it too quickly!
For those of us that choose gluten free, they provide a GF option for their large savoury and sweet pancakes, they are a ‘crepe’ style pancake. These are made from a flour blend with a mix of rice, tapioca, buckwheat, maize and potato. I must say, it tasted surprisingly good. This place is particularly good if your other half/friend wants to be more indulgent and steer away from going gluten free as it can cater for both scenarios.
3. The Good Life Eatery (various locations)- Ok, so hear me out. The Good Life Eatery don’t strictly serve pancakes, however they do serve the most amazing chestnut and almond waffles. You know what they say, waffles are just pancakes with mini abs, right? Anyway, as a good alternative this is the place to go, with a guaranteed menu serving everything gluten and dairy free.
- Come on!! They look so good, it would be a sin not to post about them!
I’d love to know of any other places in London that serve gluten free pancakes. I always get so jealous when I see the obligatory brunch photo of a tremendously tall stack of pancakes. They always look SO mouth-wateringly good, and even more so when I know that I’m never going to be able to eat them. You know what they say, you always want what you can’t have. I know that normally applies to men, but it works for pancakes in this case! So, comment below if you’ve tried anywhere else that caters for people like me!
In advance.. HAPPY PANCAKE DAY!
I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my Sunday, and although I’ve felt very tired, it’s been quite productive. I got a bit of fresh air and stumbled across this beautiful array of flowers. All we need now is some constant sun, then it’ll be almost impossible not to smile. Here’s to a good week, and remember, its ‘so far so good’.