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Pancake Day? There’s an app for that.

This week’s, it’s pancake day and we’ll be flipping in the Direct Mobiles’ office and at home with the kids.  If you’re after a little inspiration to vary your pancakes, we’ve rounded up a couple of recommended iPhone and Android apps packed with recipes to try, way beyond the lemon and sugar standard.

What is a pancake?

Pancakes are a pretty basic thing to make use the recipe below and you can’t go wrong:

Basic recipe

  • Flour 4 3/4oz
  • Eggs 1 large
  • 4 ½ fl oz milk
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp caster sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp melted butter

Before we get to the best apps we found for Pancake Day, we thought it was maybe a good idea to have a look at the tradition itself.

Is pancake day the same as Shrove Tuesday? Is Mardi Gras related?

The simple answer to all these questions is that they are all linked to the same religious period Lent! Mardi Gras is translated as Fat Tuesday in French, the term Shrove Tuesday derives from the act of Anglo-Saxon Christians confessing their sins before Lent and thus being “shriven” of them, but why pancakes? It’s become tradition to eat pancakes at the beginning of Lent to use up ingredients that you wouldn’t be allowed to eat during Lent. High Fat ingredients such as butter, milk are usually given up for Lent.

Therefore all take place on the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday which is the first day of Lent, 47 days before Easter Sunday.

Now back to pancakes, there are numerous variations of them, French crepes which are thinner, scotch pancakes which are sweeter and American pancakes. The Americans  have taken the humble pancake and changed it beyond recognition, how about Chocolate Chip and Bacon Pancakes?

There are variations of pancakes used in cuisine all over the world, sweet and savoury there are thousands of recipes, here are a few of our favourite pancake recipe apps.

Android Pancake Recipe Apps

iOS Pancake Recipe Apps

Hopefully the above will give you the inspiration to try something a little more out of the ordinary this Pancake Day.

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