Pancake Day inspiration

Posted by Alex Crate on 4th February 2016

Yummy and good for the environment:

That time of year has rolled around again, when we gather up our eggs, flour and milk and try not to make too much of a mess of the ceiling. Yes, it’s Pancake Day, one of our favourite days of the year and the perfect opportunity to use up those ingredients in your cupboards, whether it’s for the pancake batter or the many delicious toppings you pop on top.

Before heading to the shops, take a look in your fridge and cupboards to check what you already have. You never know, you might just have those ingredients you plan on throwing into your pancake mix already stocked.

When it comes to taking care of the waste which comes from making your pancakes, don’t forget that you can recycle your egg shells, as well as any fruit peelings, for those of you opting for the healthier topping options, like banana and apples.

Over on the Greener Scotland website, there’s some pancake recipe suggestions waiting for you to try out this Shrove Tuesday - feel free to tweet pics of your creations to us @Greener2gethr, we would love to see them.

Enjoy! We’re going to be tucking into this one:

Mixed Fruit Pancakes

Serves 3-4 (makes 8-12 pancakes)

Prep time: 2 minutes

Cooking time: 10 minutes


• 1 egg, beaten 

• 150ml (5floz) milk 

• 100g (3oz) flour (plain, wholemeal or gluten-free)

• 50g (2oz) dried mixed fruit 

• 100g (3oz) finely chopped fruit (e.g. apple or pears)

• Dash oil

• 1 teaspoon sugar 

• 1 teaspoon mixed spice or cinnamon


• Beat the egg into the milk, then put the flour in a bowl and gradually stir in the milk mixture until smooth, then mix in the dried and fresh fruit (pears can be used instead of apples - about 100g).

• Heat a non-stick pan and add the oil, then add a tablespoonful of the mixture.

• Cook for 2 minutes then flip over with a spatula and cook for another minute or two on the other side. The pancakes should be about 8 cm (3in) in diameter and only 3-4 mm (1/8in) thick. You should be able to cook 2 or 3 in a large pan at the same time.

• Mix the sugar and spice together and sprinkle over the hot pancakes before serving.