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Flipping marvellous: Mark Hix takes pancakes to a new level with his

Shrove Tuesday is upon us again and I find that it's always a good excuse for creating some posh pancake recipes. Not that there's anything wrong with simple pancakes served with sugar and lemon juice – but there are so many more great things you can pop into a simple pancake. Here's a recipe for a basic batter, plus four other pancake ideas.

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Flipping fantastic: Mark Hix cooks up a tasty pancake feast to

Shrove Tuesday has come around once again – and that means that it’s time for pancakes. Pancakes were historically made at this time of year in order to use up the last rich foods before Lent, so the fact that they weren’t the healthiest of options didn’t matter.

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