Sourdough pancakes set to be a trend this Shrove Tuesday

Starter for 10! Sourdough pancakes are tipped to be one of the most popular recipes this Shrove Tuesday after a record surge in popularity since lockdown

  • Brits are using sourdough starter to make their pancakes ahead of Pancake Day 
  • Delicious treats easy to make and can be eaten with savoury or sweet toppings
  • MasterChef: The Professionals’ Oli Martin says people are being more adventurous since lockdown, during which the ingredient soared in popularity

British foodies are set to shake things up this Shrove Tuesday with sourdough pancakes tipped to be a big trend after a record surge in popularity since lockdown. 

Baking became a saviour for many Brits stuck indoors during the pandemic, with sourdough bread proving a big hit.

As a result, BBC Good Food expects sourdough pancakes to be one of the most popular recipes this year, after recording a 1,037 per cent rise in popularity, The Telegraph reports. 

Cassie Best, from BBC Good Food, told the publication: ‘With the increased popularity of sourdough baking in the past year, it’s no surprise that sourdough pancakes are this year’s big pancake trend.’ 

Foodies from the UK and beyond are mixing things up ahead of this year’s Pancake cake by making sourdough pancakes that can be eaten with either savoury toppings or sweet ones or both (pictured: the pancakes made with sourdough, topped with strawberry and cream)

Sourdough pancakes go with everything; one Instagram user served theirs with scrambled eggs and cherry tomatoes sprinkled with chives 

She recommended adding some sourdough starter (a fermented mixture of flour and water which gives sourdough bread its lift) to pancake batter to give it a tangy taste, pointing out that the ingredient aids digestion.

The savoury treats can be served with sweet and salty toppings, and are a perfect way to get rid of leftover starter you might have accumulated throughout the year, according to Oli Martin, head chef at Hipping Hall and winner of Masterchef The Professionals.

‘I imagine people have got to a point where they have baked enough bread and want to be more adventurous and pancakes could be the next thing,’ he said.

‘That’s how we landed up making sourdough waffles and crumpets.’ 

Brad Carter, a chef at Michelin-starred restaurant Carters of Moseley in Birmingham, said sourdough pancakes are great served with a soft cheese like brie.

Cassie Best, from BBC Good Food, said: ‘The increased popularity of sourdough baking in the past year, it’s no surprise that sourdough pancakes are this year’s big pancake trend.’ Pictured: pancakes served with yoghurt, blueberries, kiwi and mango

Meanwhile amateur bakers have already produced their own take on sourdough pancakes, and shared their impressive results on social media. 

In Bristol, one pancake enthusiast decided to eat their sourdough pancakes with savoury eggs and sweet jam, while another topped theirs with scrambled eggs and cherry tomatoes sprinkled with chives.

Others opted for a sweet creation, with one serving theirs accompanied by yoghurt, blueberries, kiwi and mango and another topping them with strawberries and cream.

In Bristol, one pancake enthusiast decided to eat their sourdough pancakes with savoury eggs and sweet jam

One pancake lover from Germany served their sourdough offering with fruits and milk on the side and blueberries in the mix 

In Ann Arbor, Massachusetts, one person served their pancakes with strawberries and peanut butter

One person smothered their sourdough pancakes with jam strawberries and strawberry coulis  

Bringing home the bacon! One person ate their pancakes with bacon, maple syrup and a tall glass of kombucha 

In London, a foodie didn’t stray too far from convention and had their pancakes made with sourdough with Nutella 

One person ate their pancakes with black cherries and strawberries with a little bit of runny honey

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