Shrove Tuesday is coming up, so it’s time to get ready for some delicious, fluffy pancakes. It’s the perfect opportunity to get creative and try out some new recipes. So why not bake some pancakes with beer this year?
When is Pancake Day?
Pancake Day falls on Shrove Tuesday. This changes every year, this year it falls on 25th February 2020.
The day of feasting
Shrove Tuesday is traditionally the last opportunity for indulging in a feast before the fasting season begins. Especially food items like eggs and milk, which are the essential ingredients for pancakes, were not allowed during the fasting period. Hence, these foods had to be used up and the tradition of eating pancakes before Ash Wednesday established. This tradition is still very much present in the UK and Pancake Day is celebrated all over the country.
Pancakes with beer
What else shouldn’t be missing at a feast? You got it: Beer! That’s why we tried some delicious pancakes with beer, and it turns out that it’s actually a great ingredient. The carbonation of the beer makes the pancake light and fluffy with just a little zing from the yeast and the depth of flavour from the beer gives a little touch of spice. It also comes very handy if you want to avoid dairy, ran out of milk or are vegan. The recipe is very simple, and the milk is simply replaced by beer.
Pancake batter with beer!
The question arises, what beer to use? Different beers will give a different twist to the pancake. There’s not really a right or wrong.
Do you fancy fruity pancakes? No problem. You could go with a Belgian ale, such as Judas or La Chouffe which will add a fruity touch. For blueberry pancakes, go for a white, wheaty beer like Blanche De Namur , Blanche du Mont Blanc or Wieckse Witte. You'll get flavours of fresh coriander and orange peel with a slight tartness from the blueberries and balanced sweetness...especially if you use maple syrup.
For pancakes with bacon, you could for go for a barley wine. The combination will be sweet and malty, after all we all know caramel and bacon is a match made in heaven. Try Brouwerij 't IJ Struis Bio for full flavours of chocolate and dried fruit. A dash of that in your pancake with some bacon is a mouth-watering mix!
If you decide to top your pancake with chocolate, then we suggest adding a dark beer or a stout into the mix. For a real adult take on chocolate pancakes, go with Põhjala Must Kuld. When it comes to dark beers, chocolate and coffee go hand-in-hand. Must Kuld is more coffee forward, but with subtle hints of chocolate that will be heavenly when matched with any type of chocolate pancake. The bitterness of coffee will cut through the sweetness of a white chocolate, but swap in some dark chocolate and watch the roasted bitterness of both beer and chocolate go head to head and complement each other just perfectly.
Try, Wild Beer Co Millionaire, the sweetness of the salted caramel will elevate but not overpower the sweetness of the pancake. Try it with just powdered sugar or throw in some hazelnut and chocolate spread or peanut butter into the mix. See how the beer complements each of the different flavours of your pancake topping!
Best (and also the most fun) is to try it yourself and just experiment! We think everything tastes better with beer.