Pancake Tuesday

Wednesday 27 February, 2019 Money Advice

Tuesday 5th March is pancake Tuesday, or really as I like to see it, an excuse to eat as many pancakes as I like without having to feel guilty.

Pancake Day is a great excuse to get together in the kitchen and have fun experimenting with toppings, trying (and more than often failing) at flipping pancakes and using up the flour, milk and eggs in your cupboards.

But after some scouring the shelves at the supermarkets, I felt a little deflated to find that it is now significantly more popular to use a pancake mix than to make them from scratch, but is it cheaper?

Saving money this pancake Tuesday

In the run up to pancake Tuesday, you will often see shops and supermarkets break out the ‘pre-made’ pancake mix, marketing it as an easy and mess free way to enjoy home-made pancakes.

The packet and bottle mixes often include the powered ingredients, with you just having to add milk and eggs to make the perfect pancake. These pre-made mixtures can often however, be more expensive than buying the ingredients from scratch, so be aware of the price when lifting up that bottle of mixture. Some supermarkets such as Tesco, Sainsbury’s and ASDA however all have own branded pancake mix for just £1, which is a lot more affordable!

If you can’t get your hands on these, don’t worry! 1kg of flour, 6 eggs and 4 pints of milk will cost you around £2.50, but often these ingredients can already be found in your home, meaning you don’t have to spend a penny!

Easy & delicious pancakes to make on a budget

Not only are these pancakes perfect for the domestically challenged, they also won't break the bank! Plus, it takes 10 minutes from cracking the eggs to putting the fork in your mouth!

All the ingredients for 10 large pancakes:

  • 110 grams of sifted plain flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 200 ml milk
  • 75 ml water
  • 50g butter

Mix it all together vigorously with a whisk and you're sorted!

Add a small amount of the batter straight to a hot pan with a little melted butter, and you have pancakes, around 10 large ones to be precise. Make sure the batter is spread evenly across the pan, and cook it until it darkens a little. Once one side is done, flip it and cook the other side.

Add whatever you fancy - I love lemon juice and sugar, but golden syrup, fruit or even ice cream work just as well - and you're in food heaven!