Mr Lender’s top Pancake toppers!

With Shrove Tuesday just around the corner, the team here at Mr Lender thought we would share our favourite pancake recipes and toppings and how to make them (without breaking the bank!).

First things first.

Make yourself a whole bunch of pancake batter.

Making the batter yourself means it will stretch further.

Making the batter yourself means it will stretch further.

Don’t go for the pre-made batter mixes, it’s so much cheaper (and easier) to make your own. For a family of 4 you will need roughly:

  • 100g plain flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 300ml semi-skimmed milk
  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil or vegetable, plus extra for frying
  •  a pinch of salt

So what are our favourite toppings?

Danielle – Chocolate and Banana

Melted chocolate is a seriously decadent pancake topping.

Melted chocolate is a seriously decadent pancake topping.

Melt some cooking chocolate in a microwave (the tip – do it for 20 secs at a time, to stop it from congealing), add some sliced bananas and BINGO!

Claire – Lemon and Sugar

Sometimes, traditional is best.

Sometimes, traditional is best.

Sometimes simple is best. Use fresh lemons instead of the pre-packaged juice, and add a sprinkling of sugar on top. Tasty. Jen – Cinnamon and Honey

The healthy alternative for those with a sweet tooth!

The healthy alternative for those with a sweet tooth!

I like to stay healthy, honey & cinnamon is one of my favourite combinations to help sweeten most things, whether it’s porridge or pancakes!

Andrew – Courgette and Feta

A savoury alternative to the sweeter toppings.

A savoury alternative to the sweeter toppings.

I don’t really have a sweet tooth, so courgette and feta is one of my top choices. Fry off the courgette in a little oil, and crumble in some feta. A little goes a long way with both of these

Liam – Golden Syrup

One of the UK's top pancake 'toppers'.

One of the UK’s top pancake ‘toppers’.

Another national favourite. Sometimes you just can’t go wrong with a slathering of golden syrup. It’s worth investing in a tin, because you can use it again and again in future recipes.

So there you have it, we’re all quite excited for Pancake Day, and can’t wait to get experimenting. What are your favourite toppings? Let us know in the comments below!

(recipe source: BBC Good Food)

Mr Lender’s advice for living on a budget – #3

Watching your cash flow month can help you towards those saving goals.

Watching your cash flow month can help you towards those saving goals.

We all know that one of the biggest sources of our outgoings is food/drink and ultimately, food/drink wastage.

According to Love Food, Hate Waste, as a nation, we waste around 7 million tonnes of food and drink per year.

Love Food, Hate Waste claim that ‘…wasting this food costs the average household £470 a year, rising to £700 for a family with children, the equivalent of around £60 a month…’

Here are some of our tips for helping you to cut down on your costs when it comes to food.

Research recipes online.

Some of our favourite websites have entire sections dedicated to cooking on a budget. We recommend doing some research on google and bookmarking them.

Batch Cooking.

Cooking one pot recipes from scratch and then freezing them, will mean that you save money by cooking something new every single day. Plan in advance what you want to cook, and stick to that plan: if you cook enough batch meals, you won’t run into the danger of too much repetition either.

Fresh bread.

Baking fresh bread can save you money and tastes great.

Get Baking!

Baking your bread or treats like cakes and biscuits not only saves money but will ensure that you can keep a watchful eye on everything that goes into your food. Get your family involved and cook together too!

Get inventive with your recipes too! We’d love to hear some of your money saving advice when it comes to food!

Check out part 2 of our series here…

Check out part one of our series here…