Candlemas: 3 recipes for gourmet and vegetable pancakes

Sweet or savory, pancakes are often unanimous. This symbolic dish from French gastronomy can be eaten all year round, but is especially venerated on Candlemas. That’s right, this holiday celebrated on February 2 is fast approaching! In the classic recipe, the pancake batter contains several animal products, such as eggs and milk, but it can easily be revised to a plant-based version. Whether you are vegan, lactose intolerant or just curious, we offer you 3 easy recipes to make delicious vegan pancakes.

Sweet vegan pancakes

Gourmet pancakes without egg or milk, it’s possible! To celebrate Candlemas or treat yourself to a 100% vegetable snack, know that you can prepare sweet vegan pancakes with just a few ingredients. These are not only more economical and healthier, but also less stuffy than classic pancakes, but no less tasty. To make about fifteen vegan pancakes, follow this recipe from Perle and Sucre with the following ingredients:

  • 250 g T45 wheat flour
  • 80 g cornflour (cornstarch type)
  • 750 ml plant-based milk (soy, almond, oats, etc.)
  • 30 ml neutral vegetable oil (sunflower, grapeseed, rapeseed or peanut) + a little for cooking
  • A tablespoon of sugar
  • A pinch of salt
  • Optional: rum, orange blossom, orange or lemon zest, vanilla…

Recipe : Sift the flour, cornstarch, sugar and salt into a large bowl. Mix everything. Gradually add the plant-based milk while stirring vigorously. Finally, add the oil and any flavorings. Mix to a smooth and homogeneous paste. You can use an immersion blender or run the preparation through a sieve to remove any lumps.

To cook, start by oiling and heating your skillet or crepe maker. Pour a ladle of batter and spread it over the entire surface by swirling the pan or with a pancake rake. Let cook for a minute on each side. Repeat the process until the dough is used up. There you go, all you have to do is enjoy your vegan pancakes with the accompaniment of your choice!

Vegan and gluten free sweet pancakes

Message for people with a gluten intolerance: you too can enjoy pancakes. You just need to replace the wheat flour with an alternative such as chestnut flour. For more ethical and gourmet pancakes, this recipe from the Rosenoisettes website explains how to prepare a gluten-free and all-vegetable batter. The taste of chestnut flour is not only suitable for all diets, but will delight both young and old! For about fifteen pancakes you will need:

  • 150 g chestnut flour
  • 50 g rice flour
  • 50 g corn or potato starch
  • 20 g coconut or cane sugar
  • 500 ml plant-based milk
  • 50 g hazelnut puree
  • 1 pinch of cinnamon powder

Recipe : Mix all dry ingredients in a large bowl. Dig a well in the center and pour in the liquid ingredients. Beat everything to a homogeneous paste without lumps. Cover your dough with a clean cloth and let it rest for 30 minutes to 1 hour.

Before cooking, heat a non-stick pan. Pour a ladle of batter into the pan and turn the pan to distribute the batter over the entire surface. Let it cook and when the edges start to come off, flip the pancake. Let it cook for another two minutes. Then arrange your pancakes in a bowl or on a plate and cover to keep them soft. Then it’s time for the tasting!

Buckwheat Pancakes

Do you want to deviate a bit from the classic pancakes? Let yourself be tempted by the traditional Breton buckwheat pancakes! This savory version of pancakes has the merit of being inexpensive and requiring only three ingredients. Bonus: Buckwheat flour is gluten-free and thus suitable for the largest number. On the website Vegan Freestyle you will find a recipe to prepare this traditional Breton dish in a vegan version. For about 6 patties you will need the following ingredients:

  • 330 g buckwheat flour (preferably organic for a more intense taste)
  • 70 cl of water
  • A pinch of GuĂ©rande salt

Recipe : In a large bowl, mix the salt and flour. Then pour the water little by little while beating to avoid lumps. Once you have a smooth and homogeneous dough, let it rest for about 1 hour.

Before baking, grease a frying pan with margarine or vegetable oil. When hot, pour a ladle of batter and spread it over the entire surface of the pan. Lower the heat so that your pancake does not burn and let it boil. When the edges come off slightly, flip your pancake and cook for about 1 minute. Save your patties and repeat the process until the batter is used up. Your patties are ready to be filled with the ingredients of your choice. Enjoy your meal !

You now know how to make vegetable pancakes at the same time for an ethical, inclusive and gourmet Candlemas. And for a year of successful snacks!

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