Mardi Gras (aka Shrove Tuesday or Pancake Tuesday) is upon us; if you’re gearing up for Lent, a good way to celebrate your last hoorah is with a pancake feast. I don’t personally need an excuse to eat pancakes, but it’s nice to know there is one available annually.
One of my favorite ways to eat pancakes is for dinner, so if you don’t have time for a Tuesday brunch, why not have people over for an evening pancake buffet? Starting with a basic recipe (such as these vanilla soy pancakes), you can churn out the homemade pancakes, and your family or guests can add their favorite toppings. It’s an easy way to have fun with the kids or bring out your friends’ inner children.
- Fresh fruit: blackberries, strawberries, chopped bananas, sautéed apples, grilled peaches
- Nuts: toasted pecans, hazelnuts, or walnuts
- Spreads: apple sauce, blood orange marmalade, apple butter
- Sweet additions: caramel, natural comb honey, whipped cream, peanut butter
- Fun for kids: jelly beans, M&Ms, butterscotch chips, Cool Whip or Reddi Whip topped with sprinkles, Nutella and sliced strawberries, Fluff, shredded coconut, a scoop of vanilla ice cream, crushed chocolate-covered pretzels
If you’re feeling ambitious, you can switch up the basic batter by adding ingredients for each round—the corresponding toppings will be an added bonus. Some ideas for pancake batter additions: chocolate chips with chopped walnuts, Granny Smith apple chunks with added cinnamon, orange zest, cocoa powder, puréed pumpkin (a tasty low-fat secret), or dried fruit (like cranberries or cherries—these also go great with chopped nuts).