In the UK we have been celebrating Pancake Day for centuries. Traditionally, pancakes were eaten to use up any rich foods, such as eggs and milk that would spoil before the 40-day fasting of Lent began.
These days, the eating of pancakes is more associated with fancy gadgets and delicious toppings.
With this in mind, we have put together our top ten best pancake gadgets.
You cannot make a good batch of crepes without getting the measurements right. And if you are short of space, this set of brightly coloured measuring spoons are perfect. They include 1/4 tsp, 1/2 tsp, 1 tsp, 1/2 tbs and 1 tbs.
These super smart scales have a brilliant feature, you can weigh multiple ingredients in the same weighing bowl with their clever ‘add and weigh’ function.
Crepes wouldn’t be the same without lemon juice, and this clever juicer, made from chrome, exerts 800lbs of pressure when extracting. You can use it to juice a variety of citrus fruit, including orange, lemon, lime and grapefruit juice, using the geared pressure lever rack and pinion gear mechanism.
If you have problems creating the perfect shape when you pour your batter mix, look no further. This batter dispenser produces the perfect circle for a professional looking result. It has a lightweight surface complete with a non-stick coating.
- Tin flour shaker from Drift Living – £5.25
Delia Smith reckons that to make the perfect pancakes you should sift the flour well. So pop yours in this handy flour shaker which doubles up as a storage canister and a sieve at the same time.
If you are a busy person who is constantly having to multi-task, then just pop this heat-resistant self-stirring gadget in your bowl with the batter ingredients for a perfect, lump-free mixture.
If you don’t have a good, non-stick pan, your finished result will never be good. It makes sense to fork out on a great pan and this one from John Lewis is pretty good. The pan has a durable enamelled aluminium crafted in a typical shallow shape that allows for a quick heat distribution to ensure ideal cooking over the batter.
Once you have bought the correct pan then it is easy to get accessories to compliment it. This spatula from OXO makes flipping your pancakes a breeze. And it is much more affordable to keep replacing the spatula than it is your pan, so always buy a plastic spatula so that you don’t scratch the delicate non-stick coating.
If you require more than just a spatula then this set of kitchen utensils are ideal. They include a whisk and a ladle and come in bright colours.
Finally, if you really don’t have the time to stand and cook and flip your own crepes you could always buy this fabulous appliance from Breville. Their crepe maker has a non-stick surface making it easy to clean and simple controls making it easy to use.