Pancake Day, the age-old Shrove Tuesday tradition of using up rich ingredients like milk, eggs, and sugar before fasting for Lent, can be a simple supper, a healthy (or indulgent) breakfast or brunch, or a spicy feast.
The delicious apple pancakes with cinnamon in the video above can be made either with ordinary plain flour or a gluten-free flour substitute (check your local health food shop for options).
Basic pancake recipe
If you're looking for the simplest pancake recipe - look no further.
100g plain flour
pinch of salt
sunflower oil to cook in
fresh lemon juice and caster sugar to serve (or topping of your choice)
Method: Sieve the flour into a bowl, add a pinch of salt, then crack in both eggs and stir until smooth. Then, using a whisk, slowly add the milk. You're aiming for the consistency of single cream so if it seems a little too thick, add a tablespoon or two of water and whisk again. Allow the batter to rest for 30mins if you have time. Then heat a teaspoon of sunflower oil in a frying pan over a medium heat, and add a dessertspoonful of the batter and leave it to spread out while it cooks for a minute. Flip it over and cook for another minute, slide on to a plate and add a squeeze of fresh lemon juice (pick out any pips as they're really bitter) and a sprinkling of caster sugar. Bon appetit!
Have fun with the kids
Pancake portraits are great if you want to spend a half-term afternoon in the kitchen with the kids. You'll need some food colouring or beetroot juice.
How to make fun pancake portraits
Spice them up a bit
Gordon Ramsay cooks up spicy Indian pancakes for breakfast but they'd work at any time of day to perk up your tastebuds when the weather outside is dull and grey.
How to make spicy Indian pancakes
Wholesome and healthy
Who says nutritious can't be delicious? If you're a pancake fan, but watching your waistline, there's a healthier way to indulge in the breakfast staple.
Low calorie flourless pancakes
Naughty... but nice
At the other end of the indulgence scale, the naughtiest syrup you've ever heard of is perfect for drizzling over an innocent unsuspecting pancake. This has all the major food groups represented – bacon, sugar, caffeine and alcohol. Your guests won't know what's hit them!
Ultimate whisky bacon coffee pancake syrup
More pancake recipes:
Pancakes with blueberry sauce
Pancake stack with maple syrup
Savoury beetroot and feta pancakes
Traditional Swedish pancakes with jam and cream
Not just for Shrove Tuesday - unconventional pancake ideas
More delicious food ideas:
Better than the takeaway
Can't think what to cook tonight? Food for people in a hurry
You can't beat a good roast dinner
Have your own Great British Bake Off
There's more recipe inspiration in the videos below:
Gok Wan's tender beef noodle soup
Slow-roasted pork belly
Slow-cooked shepherd's pie with a twist
Bread and butter pudding