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It’s Pancake Day… but, don’t forget the Whisky!

It’s Pancake Day… but, don’t forget the Whisky!

We all love them, and I mean all, because these days Pancakes can be enjoyed by everyone. From vegan to gluten free there is a recipe to cater for everyone’s dietary requirements. But what about the whisky lovers? I hear you cry.  Fret not, we’ve got you covered too! 

Whisky is one of those versatile spirits that can be enjoyed in so many different ways; neat, diluted with water, mixed with soda or shaken and stirred into a flamboyant cocktail.  But it also goes fantastically well in sauces, especially those of the fruity kind – enter, pancakes with a whisky sauce!

We won’t bore you with the basics of how to make the pancakes, so let’s get straight to good bit where you can add a splash of your favourite scotch. 

There are several sauces you can choose from, but here are a few of our favourites:

Whisky Syrup

If you want to keep things quick and easy you can create a simple whisky syrup to keep warm and pour over your pancakes.  

  • 125ml whisky
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup

Simply combine the above in a saucepan and heat gently until the sugar dissolves.  Simmer for a few minutes until the sauce has reduced down and become smooth and syrupy. Remove from the heat and keep warm until ready to use. 

The above quantities are sufficient for 2 people. 

Citrus kick

For a zesty citrus kick, try the following:

  • 75 ml fresh orange juice
  • zest of ½ orange
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 55 g caster sugar
  • 38 g butter
  • 1 ½ tablespoons of single malt whisky

Melt the butter in a saucepan, add the sugar and simmer over a low heat for a few minutes until the sugar has completely dissolved.  Slowly add the orange juice, lemon and orange zest and stir gently for a few more minutes.  Finally add your choice of whisky, stir through to release the full aroma and serve.

Fruit fancy

A fruitier and slightly richer sauce, owing to the use of honey rather than sugar. 

  • 15 g butter
  • 300 ml fresh orange juice
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 3 tbsp whisky
  • 80g fresh soft fruit such as raspberries/orange segments/mango pieces

Place the butter, honey and whisky into a pan and warm gently until the butter has melted. Add the orange juice and simmer for a couple of minutes until warm.  Pour on top of your pancakes and scatter over your chosen fruit.  If using mango or oranges, the fruit can be added to the sauce and warmed through if desired. 

But which whisky is best?

There is only one answer to that. Any!

Happy pancake day! 

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