Screw Valentine’s day, Pancake Day is where it’s at! In England, Pancake Day is usually the Tuesday before Valentine’s day, and it symbolises the start of Lent, where traditionally you would eat all the stuff in your cupboards ready for the fasting season – now people just eat pancakes and then give something up for 40 days. Last year I became completely vegan starting on Lent, but this year I’m giving up swearing (I swear like a trooper away from my blog!) Let’s see how long that’ll last… Probably not more than a few days.
So this is my recipe for vegan pancakes! We made a huge mess making them, but it was so much fun! I was going to post photos but they don’t look brilliantly attractive as I’m terrible at flipping them – I also made a film of my flatmate Andy flipping his perfectly but it’s all crackly and weird :( oh well, just imagine me making mine look more like scrambled eggs and you’ll get the idea… By the way, for the recipe, I’m using cups but it’s NOT like American cups, I just mean an ordinary mug, because for this recipe it’s more about ratio than weight, so don’t worry English people :)
One mug of plain flour
A pinch of salt and bicarbonate of soda (about a quarter of a teaspoon)
One and a half mugs of almond or soy milk
Egg replacer for one egg (I use three tablespoons of water and one teaspoon of Orgran No Egg)
A tablespoon of sugar if they’re sweet pancakes
- In a medium-sized mixing bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda and salt. In another small mixing bowl, whisk together the almond milk, egg replacer and sugar until well combined. Add the wet ingredients to the dry, stirring until just combined.
- Lightly oil or grease (with dairy-free soy margarine) a medium-large pan. Heat over medium-high heat until hot. Cook one pancake at a time, adding a ladle-full of mixture to the pan and swirling to coat the bottom of the pan as evenly as possible. Cook for about 1 minute, or until small bubbles appear all over the surface, and, using a spatula with your fingers as guides, flip and cook the other side of the pancake until golden. Transfer to a plate and repeat with the remaining batter.
- Serve with sugar and lemon juice, jam, chocolate spread or agave syrup!
Makes about six (we made about seven batches of this!)
P.S. I did say screw Valentine’s, but that’s no offense to the enamoured among you all! I’m having a single-Valentine’s-day meal with most of my flatmates (the ones without girlfriends or boyfriends) on Thursday and it’s going to be so much fun! I’ll be sure to post lots of photos of our meal out, and I’d love to hear from you guys how your V-day went – if you’re single, what did you get up to? If you’re taken, what did your partner treat you to? Happy love day to you all, babies :)