My favourite holiday is upon us: Pancake Tuesday. In my book, Pancake Tuesday is up there with Christmas, Halloween and St. Patrick’s Day. Yet, I feel we never give this day the respect it deserves. I am here to rectify that. Here is my guide to make the most of Pancake Tuesday.
Nowhere will ever make pancakes like my Granny did. Really thin and crispy – none of these American style substitutes! I have compiled a list, however, of where to get your pancake fix:
Located on South William Street and Dawson Street in Dublin 2, Lemon serves large, thin and crispy pancakes. They serve a large selection of savoury and sweet crepes – but we all know that it’s sweet crepes all the way on Pancake Tuesday! Be aware though, queues will be out the door, so make sure you are there early!
This Italian ice cream parlour serves great sweet crepes, with the added bonus of ice cream on the side (or on the inside of your pancake if you’re feeling adventurous). Although the neon roof lights and repetitive carousel music may leave you in a hypnotic trance, the wait will be worth it. Gino’s is located all around Ireland, with parlours in Galway, Wicklow, Kildare and Dublin.
3. The Coffee Shop, Wicklow Town
Unlike the other outlets on this list, The Coffee Shop is an independent sole trader located in the picturesque Wicklow Town (I’m not biased at all….). The coffee shop serves pancakes topped with blueberries, strawberries and maple syrup (bacon optional). These are made-to-order, so they will always be fresh. Definitely worth the travelling from near or afar!
Queen of Tarts is a gem of Dublin, hidden just off Dame Street. Whether you are looking for pancakes, or just a cake, Queen of Tarts will not disappoint. The interior is cosy, full of nooks and crannies, like an old country cottage. Another place you will need to arrive early!
In the words of Dorothy on her journey throughout Oz, there really is no place like home. Have a pancake party, and delight in the wonders of flipping contests and making crazy concoctions for fillings. To make 12 pancakes, all you need is 100g of plain flour, 1 egg and 300ml of milk. Just remember – the first one out of the pan is always the worst!
Here are some fillings for pancakes that I have bravely tried, and tested, to share with you. You can thank me later.
- Nutella, Bananas & Cinnamon
- White Chocolate & Strawberries
- Jelly Tots (just try it!)
- Bacon & Maple Syrup
- Blueberries & Strawberries
- Stewed Rhubarb & Vanilla Ice Cream
- Cadbury Creme Egg
- Apple & Chocolate Sauce
- Lemon & Sugar – you just can’t beat it!
I hope this guide will help you get through the chaos of my favourite holiday, and I wish you a very Merry Pancake Tuesday!