Nothing wrong with tradition.
While lemon and sugar is a perfectly fine topping for your pancakes this Shrove Tuesday, if this is the year you’re tempted to do something a little wild, one Cork hotel has the answer.
The Metropole Hotel has introduced a special Pancake Tuesday menu with a selection of sweet and savoury pancakes available from 12 noon to 9pm today, Pancake Tuesday.
The options include the savoury Crepe Madame (home-cooked gammon and Carrigaline Cheddar topped with a fried egg) while sweet-toothed customers will enjoy The Cinnamon Roll One, The Decadent Chocolate One and the G&T Crepe.
They’ve given us the recipe for the G&T Crepe so you can give it a go at home.
The G&T Crepe
American-style pancake, zingy gin and tonic syrup, fresh lemon.
Ingredients for the pancake:
200g self-raising flour
1 ½ tsp baking powder
30g caster sugar
3 large eggs
25g melted butter, plus extra for cooking
Ingredients for the syrup :
50 g tonic water
1 lemon juice and zest
1 shot Local Gin
First make the pancake batter.
Mix all the dry ingredients in a large bowl.
Add your eggs and ¼ of the buttermilk.
Mix until combined and all the rest of the buttermilk gradually.
Finish by adding the melted butter and let it rest for 30 minutes.
In the meantime make the syrup: Combine all ingredients in a saucepan except the gin.
Bring up to a simmer and cook it until the sugar has dissolved.
Take it off the heat and let it cool down.
Once cool, add the shot of gin.
Cook the pancakes in a nonstick pan. They should be golden and thick, roughly 2 to 3 inches wide
Display two or three pancakes on a plate and drizzle with the gin syrup.
Finish with a quarter lemon and dust with icing sugar.