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How do you like your pancakes? Piled high with lashings of syrup, carefully folded and bursting with ham and cheese, or simply rolled with traditional lemon and sugar? Whichever way you choose to enjoy them, a wonderful excuse to dust off your frying pan is just around the corner – Shrove Tuesday, otherwise known as Pancake Day, is on Tuesday 16th February. Shrove Tuesday is traditionally the day in which people ‘feast’ and use up ingredients ahead of the start of Lent, the 40 days leading up to Easter, in which Christians historically ‘abstain’ or fast.
Those celebrating Pancake Day can enjoy some of the finest South Devon ingredients. Here are some tips and suggestions on unmissable South Devon pancake toppings and fillings, all of which can be bought online from the local businesses mentioned…
Let’s begin with the healthy options. From blueberries and bananas to mangos and lemons, Ben’s Farm Shop sells a fantastic selection of delicious wholesome options to top your stack with. They have an online shop, as well as stores located in Yealmpton, Staverton and Exeter.
For those with less of a sweet tooth, savoury pancakes are an excellent option. Visit the Aune Valley Farm Shop online, or pop to your local shop in Loddiswell or Modbury, for a one-stop trip to meet all your savoury pancake needs. Stocking everything you need, buy some home-cured ham or bacon prepared in the butchery, as well as some Sharpham cheese, and a jar of award-winning chilli jam from South Devon Chilli Farm for a tasty finish. Ham, cheese and chilli jam pancakes, coming up!
And of course, seafood is never far from the menu in South Devon. Visit one of the local fishmongers, like Catch of the Day in Kingsbridge for some of the freshest fish and shellfish… combine with a little lemon and parsley and add to your savoury pancake for an unforgettable pancake treat.
Now for the main event. The truly sumptuous, flavoursome sweet treats everyone has been waiting for. Sweet pancake toppings come in all shapes and sizes in South Devon. A must is Roly’s Fudge sauce – forget calorie counting, it’s Pancake Day after all! Alternatively, why not stock up on jams, compotes, sauces and syrups from Ben’s Farm Shop?
Salcombe Dairy offer an emporium of Bean to Bar chocolate flavours, available to order online, including gift sets. From the classic staple milk chocolate to more exotic flavours such as Dark chocolate mango, your taste buds will definitely be treated this Pancake Day.
If you’re looking for a kick from your chocolate, the South Devon Chilli Farm have a fantastic selection of fun and tasty chocolates to choose from including mildly spiced treats and extreme heats!
We hope you have a scrumptious Pancake Day, for more tempting delights, please visit our Food and Drink blog page. Alternatively, here is a selection of articles for you to read (apologies for belly rumbles and cravings of your favourite South Devon treats in advance):