Six of the Best: Pancake Day suggestions in Leeds and Yorkshire

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Shrove Tuesday falls early this year, giving us an excuse to indulge in the simple joys of the humble pancake.

Here are six suggestions for the day - Tuesday, February 13 - itself:

GO DUTCH

BLOOM BAKERS, LEEDS

In the Netherlands pancakes are a staple, eaten every other week, filled with cheese, bacon, apples and even beetroot. Thanks to those innovative cooks at Leeds-based Bloom Bakers, you can make your own with this recipe: 2 raw beets, 2 Bramley apples (medium sizes), 150ml water, 3tsp cinnamon, 2tbs honey. Method: dice beets and cut the apples into large wedges and place in pan together with all the water. Bring to boil and simmer 25-30 mins until soft. Mix in cinnamon and honey. Blend if desired. See them at North Leeds Food Festiva, June 30 & July 1, Roundhay Park. Website: www.bloombakers.co.uk

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UNLIMITED PANCAKES

LE CHALET, PARK ROW

Le Chalet in Leeds is offering ‘unlimited pancakes’ all day on Monday February 12 and 13 (with limited places available).

If you’re a lover of pancakes, chocolate, lemon, sugar or all of the above then this could be the one for you.

How many can you eat in an hour? Two toppings per pancake will cost you £9.50, three £10.50, four £10.99. Sittings limited to one hour. Places are being reserved for both days, so booking is essential.

Le Chalet, Park Row, Leeds. Call: 0113 243 0576 or email: bookings@le-chalet.co.uk

SKIPPING DAY

SCARBOROUGH

For as long as anyone can remember, Pancake Day in Scarborough has been associated with skipping. Originating from an older tradition known as ‘Ball Day’, a public holiday when apprentices and servants would join one and other to play games on the foreshore - Scarborough’s Skipping Festival has taken place for around 100 years.

The local tradition continues to be as popular as ever and each year on Shrove Tuesday the Foreshore is closed to traffic to allow children and adults alike join in the fun.

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LEEDS TRINITY

The Moo Chef team will be flipping pancakes all day long this Pancake Day in a bid to take the mess out of Pancake Day for you, opening from 8.30am.

You can choose from the traditional lemon and sugar, golden syrup, maple syrup and bananas to smoked salmon and cream cheese or to ones with caramelised apple, caramel, ice cream and lashings of whipped double cream. You can even take a recipe home with you. Located just a 10 minute drive from Junction 32 of the M62, WF7 5AF. Call: 01977600200 or email: info@farmercopleys.co.uk

LASHINGS OF CREAM

FARMER COPLEY’S

The Moo Chef team will be flipping pancakes all day long this Pancake Day in a bid to take the mess out of Pancake Day for you, opening from 8.30am.

You can choose from the traditional lemon and sugar, golden syrup, maple syrup and bananas to smoked salmon and cream cheese or to ones with caramelised apple, caramel, ice cream and lashings of whipped double cream. You can even take a recipe home with you. Located just a 10 minute drive from Junction 32 of the M62, WF7 5AF. Call: 01977600200 or email: info@farmercopleys.co.uk

PANCAKE RACE

RIPON

Have a giggle in Ripon at this age-old pancake race from 11am. The aim is to run as fast as possible down Kirkgate without dropping your pancake, a tradition which has been kept up for over 600 years.

As the event falls during school holidays, children should enter individually rather in school groups.

Local businesses and organisations are also invited to enter. Just turn up on the day to register.

The event is held in conjunction with the local Rotary Club. The race will begin with the peel of the Lent Bell. Turn up at Ripon Cathedral (start line) on the day.

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