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HAPPY PANCAKE DAY

12.02.13

With detox January a thing of the past, it's time to celebrate one of our favourite days of the year: Pancake Day! And if anyone's planning to give anything up for Lent this year, today's a great opportunity to make the most of being over-indulgent. The big question is, where will you eat yours? We've rounded up a few of our favourite places to eat pancakes in London, as well as a fantastic recipe if you fancy making them yourself. Bon appétit...

Crêpeaffaire

With branches in Soho, Spitalfields, Hammersmith, Westfield London, Westfield Stratford and St. Pancras Station; it's safe to say that Crêpeaffaire is an extremely popular pancake destination. And with its fantastic range of both sweet and savoury fillings at affordable prices, it's clear why. The chain is said to count Jonathan Ross, Billy Zane and Christina Aguilera among its biggest fans.

Read all about Crêpeaffaire's Pancake Day celebration plans on its official website.

Creme de la Crêpe

A fun and quirky café located in both Covent Garden and South Kensington, Creme de la Crêpe offers a wide range of creative filling combinations. From Mars bar and Baileys in "Cheap Date" to Marmite and mature cheddar cheese in "Love Hate Thing," Creme de la Crêpe has something for everyone. And if nothing takes your fancy, you can create your own by emailing the team before you go.

Read Creme de la Crêpe's brand new menu on its official website.

My Old Dutch

Located in Kensington, Holborn and Chelsea is a classic pancake house chain that has been enticing Londoners since the 1950s. With its warm and friendly atmosphere, My Old Dutch is the perfect place to go for families, kids and parties. Pancake Day is obviously taken very seriously at this time-honoured café, with a full history and guide to the day found on its official website.

My Old Dutch also features exclusive special offers on its website. These are updated regularly  so keep an eye out.

Make Your Own

Half the fun of Pancake Day is making the pancakes yourself. Here's a quick and easy method to making the perfect pancake...

1. Put plain flour into a large mixing bowl with a well in the centre. Pour in 350-400ml of milk, or 1/2 milk and 1/2 water for a lighter pancake. Carbonated water will give them a thick and fluffy texture.

2. Whisk the mixture until you have a smooth batter, then add one tablespoon of vegetable oil and whisk again thoroughly.

3. Heat some oil in a crêpe pan or large frying pan over a medium heat for a minute.

4. Add slightly less than a ladeful of batter to the pan and start swirling it around the pan to create an even layer.

5. Cook the pancake for roughly 30-40 seconds, before using a palette knife to lift it up and check if its golden brown. Once you're happy with it, flip it over and cook the other side for the same amount of time before serving.

You'll then be ready to finish your perfect pancake off with any sweet or savoury embellishments you desire... and enjoy!