Pancake Day the Hull way

Published: Tuesday 28th February 2017 by Rich Sutherland

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Today is Shrove Tuesday, also known as Pancake Day.

If you didn’t already know, it’s the feast day before the start of the period of Lent. This is a time when Christians traditionally fast until Easter Sunday.

Whether you’re a stickler for lemon and sugar or fancy trying something new, we’ve got some suggestions on how you can add a dollop of Hull to your crepe.

Bespoke chocolate

Nowadays, one of the most popular toppings for pancakes is chocolate. Those who are planning to give up this treat for Lent will be pleased to know that the East Riding has its fair share of chocolatiers.

Head to recently opened Cocoa Chocolatier and Bakery on Humber Street or White Rabbit Chocolate in Beverley. Grab a bar of their specialist choc to grate over your dish.

Our favourites have to be White Rabbit’s Yorkshire Honeycomb bar, which is made with local honey, and Cocoa’s new single origin Bullion Chocolate.

Cheesy heaven

If you’re after something savoury, opt for a cheesy topping. Roberts and Speight is a delicatessen in Beverley that caters for all tastes and requirements.

A delicious way to enjoy a goat’s cheese pancake is with a sprinkling of rosemary. Bulk it up by throwing some freshly chopped squash in there.

Grain Wholefood on Newland Avenue in Hull offers a wide selection of herbs and spices that are excellent for finishing off a Shrove Tuesday feast.

Spice it up

Speaking of scrumptious seasonings, why not try Hull’s own American Chip Spice? It’s perfect for giving a flavourful kick to fried batter, especially when served with a slice of bacon or two.

Simply roll up the crepe around the rashers and dust with Chip Spice for a hearty snack.

Branch out

Celebrate the city as the Gateway to Europe by swapping your usual semi-skimmed for Chocomel milk.

The popular chocolate drink originates from Holland and can be mixed with eggs and flour to create a sugary, European flavour.

You can get hold of some from the Go Dutch Pancakes van outside the Sainsbury’s Local down Jameson Street in the city centre.

Caffeine kick

Kill two birds with one stone and have your morning coffee inside your pancake. Follow this mouth-watering recipe from Hancock and Abberton to create an intriguing kickstart to your day.

Keep it local by purchasing your beans from River City Coffee or The Blending Room coffee roasters.

Feeling fruity

It’d be rude not to add some greenery to your plate this Pancake Day.

Local produce can be purchased from independent shops such as Fruitopia on Newland Avenue, Orchard Fruits on Holderness Road, and Chak & Sue’s in Trinity Market.

We’re thinking fresh strawberries with chocolate sauce, or zesty lemon juice and sugar. In the meantime, mushrooms, spinach and tomatoes wrapped in crispy batter make a great meal.

Flavours from the sea

If you really want to show off your cookery skills, try this incredible recipe by Gordon Ramsay. He’s invented a souffle pancake with a succulent haddock centre.

Hessle Road has long played a huge part in the city’s fishing heritage, so we recommend getting your fresh fish from Simpsons Seafoods on Hessle Road.

Leave it to the experts

What better way to celebrate Shrove Tuesday the Hull way than to head out to one of its pancake houses?

Get your sweet and savoury fix at French restaurant Le Crepier Papin on Newland Avenue, or go Italian further down the street at Frizza Caffe Gelato.

Meanwhile, Zachary’s Sweet Treat Emporium in Hessle not only serves yummy frozen desserts, but also tasty hot crepes.

As previously mentioned, you can also pick up a pancake whilst in the city centre at the Go Dutch Pancakes van, or a crepe from Kaspa’s in Paragon Square.

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Published: Tuesday 28th February 2017 by Rich Sutherland

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