10 best Pancake Day accessories

Make sure you are ready for Shrove Tuesday tomorrow. IndyBest finds flipping good kitchen kit for sweey and savoury creations

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Pancakes always end up stuck to the ceiling or looking more like scrambled eggs? We’ve got the kit to have you producing thin, perfectly circular crepes like a French chef in no time. Lemons and sugar at the ready, we recommend you loosen your belt for this one.

1} Colourful Ceramica Crepe Pan: £21.99, lakeland.co.uk

 

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The high sides of a frying pan are your enemy on Pancake Day: batter coats them, and they get in the way of the flipping and the pan-to-plate. Step in the crêpe pan – non-stick and low-lipped.

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{2} MsSpanner ‘Pancakes  for President’ Apron: £20, etsy.com/uk

 

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You may think ‘Pancakes for President’ is a bit of a niche manifesto, but we reckon it’s one to live by. Get on board with this quirky apron; not just for Shrove Tuesday.

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{3} OXO Good Grips  Batter Bowl: £12, amazon.co.uk

 

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This robust mixing bowl has a rubberised base for good surface grip while you beat your batter. It also has a handle and a spout lip, for mess-free pouring. .

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{4} Culinare Silicone  Egg Ring: £3.82, sizzle.co.uk

 

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If you’re more into the fluffy American type than the thin French crêpe, you’ll need a little help to get them perfectly round and Instagram-ready. Technically for fried eggs, this nifty non-stick ring does just as well for pancakes.

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{5} Eddingtons Lemon Squeezer: £8, johnlewis.com

 

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There’ll be no more pesky pips on your pancakes with this Eddingtons squeezer. Simply place half a lemon face down and squeeze the handles together to extract all the juice, minus pulp and pips.

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{6} Colourworks Pastel  Silicone Ladle: £5.99, sizzle.co.uk

 

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The neatest and easiest way to get batter from bowl to pan, we find this ladle takes just the right amount of mix for thin, even pancakes. Simples.

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{7} Cath Kidston Clifton Rose Weighing Scales: £25, cathkidston.com

 

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The throw-it-all-in nature of pancake batter makes Shrove Tuesday a perfect opportunity to get out your conventional, vintage-style scales. We love this pretty red set from Cath Kidston.

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{8} Joseph Joseph Jumbo TurneR: £8, josephjoseph.com

 

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Do your pancakes always end up folded over or broken? This over-sized silicone flipper is flexible enough to ease around your pancake but big enough to give it decent support while you turn it.

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{9} Silicone-Tipped Balloon Whisk: £5.99, lakeland.co.uk

 

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Silicone whisks may be good for your non-stick pans, but they’re often too flexible to do any serious beating. This is the best of both worlds; strong enough to whip out the lumps but pan-friendly.

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{10} Breville Crepe Maker: £20, debenhams.com

 

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This is a serious bit of kit for dedicated pancake-eaters who want beautifully thin, round crêpes every time. The electric temperature control eliminates rubbish-first-pancake syndrome.

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Verdict: Picking up a good quality pan designed for the task is the first step in the quest for the perfect pancake – we recommend Ceramica’s – but for the seasoned crepe chef, MsSpanner’s Pancakes for President apron adds a touch of humour (and truth) to any kitchen.

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