Special Treat for Pancake Day

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Traditionally, pancakes were eaten on this day to use up rich, indulgent foods like eggs and milk before the 40-day fasting season of Lent began. But although it is enshrined in Christian tradition, it is believed that Pancake Day might originate from a pagan holiday, when eating warm, round pancakes - symbolising the sun - was a way of celebrating the arrival of spring and here is one of our favourite recipes.

Pancakes-280217Stephanies's Special treat for Pancake day

2 over ripe bananas
2 teaspoons of lemon juice
zest of half a lemon
125 grams of plain flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
Pinch of salt
½ teaspoon of ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon of soft brown sugar
2 eggs – separated
120mls of milk
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
Butter for frying


  • Mash the bananas with the lemon juice
  • Sift the flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon into a large bowl and add the sugar
  • Mix the mashed banana, egg yolks, milk, vanilla extract and lemon zest and add to the dry ingredients above.
  • Whisk the egg whites until soft peaks form and fold into the batter
  • Heat a large frying pan add a little melted butter
  • Using a ladle for each pancake cook for 2 minutes on one side then flip over and cook for one minute on the other side.
  • Serve with maple syrup and clotted & cream (optional)


Meet the Author: Jo Blackwell
Jo Blackwell

Jo Blackwell is our well-established Horticultural Advisor and the Kitchen Gardener in Stephanie's Victorian style Kitchen Garden. She caught the gardening bug when she bought her first home 21 years ago. Her first greenhouse soon followed and she later gained an allotment.

As well as tending the Harrod Horticultural Gardens, she enjoys maintaining her own vegetable plot at home. She has been a gardener for Harrod Horticultural for over 4 years now and has a wealth of experience in organic vegetable growing, ornamental gardening and in using all Harrod products.


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