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The £10 challenge: A flipping good way to spend your tenner on Pancake Day

By Alex Bysouth

February is well and truly upon us and this means just one thing – Valentine’s Day the hopeless romantics shout?

No, Shrove Tuesday, where undying love can only ever be truly satisfied by fulfilling pancake topping dreams.

Although pancakes themselves date back to the Ancient Greeks, their use on Shrove Tuesday marks the first day of Lent in the run up to Easter, where traditionally families use up rich foods such as eggs, milk, and sugar, before the fasting season.

These days making the perfect pancake has become more of an art form, fathers across the country pride themselves on their legendary flipping ability, with tales of ceiling sticking batter going down in history.

Next Tuesday ingredients will be gathered, lemons squeezed, sugar sprinkled and syrup splurted as Britain’s pancake lads battle it out to become a prize tosser once again.

For those looking to spend their £10 culminating the perfect DIY pancake dish, toppings are crucial.

Whether you have bought a ready-made mixture or are getting a little Delia with your eggs, milk and sugar, there is bound to be a healthy chunk of your budget left over for indulging in some naughty nibbles before Lent.

Vienetta at just £1.50 a pop makes for a creamy melted vanilla and dark chocolaty delight when warmed in a fresh pancake, or for those adventurous nuts amongst you, blast a Snickers bar for 30 seconds in the microwave before carefully spreading it over your batter.

If you are looking to get out of the house and are ready to let the professionals tantalise your taste buds, then take a trip to Pancake Corner in Urmston.

Last year the guys provided a carnival atmosphere with balloons, pop and candy floss accompanying their infamous crepes.

This year you could turn your £10 into a two-course meal for one or a pre-Valentines romantic dining experience for two.

The restaurant in Gloucester Road offers both savoury and sweet pancakes at £3.50 a go.

For the fragrant palate, the Cajun crepe provides a delectable snack with a whole chicken breast, marinated in Cajun spices and smothered with melted cheese.

And why not wash it down with the in-house sweet-tooth favourite Chocaholic pancake, which combines a devilishly divine duo of milk and white chocolate, served up with full bodied chocolate cream in abundance.

Where ever this Shrove Tuesday takes you, have a flipping good time.

Picture courtesy of roboppy, with thanks.

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