Pancake day was almost not going to happen at this house but in the end we had it a day early (it was either that or not at all due to circumstances).
So instead of making home-made pancakes I rustled up a quick cheat’s version of stuffed pancakes and it was delicious. In fact I found the recipe on the Delicious Magazine website and you can see it here.
Spinach and ricotta stuffed pancakes (my version)
250g bag spinach
250g tub ricotta cheese
1 pack of six ready-made pancakes (make sure you buy the unsweetened ones)
1 500g jar of Dolmio tomato sauce for lasagne
cheddar cheese for grating on top
Preheat the oven to 200°C / 180°fan / gas mk 6
Empty the bag of spinach into a large colander and stand it in the sink. Pour over boiling water straight from the kettle to wilt it then refresh under cold running water straight from the tap. Squeeze as much liquid as possible from the spinach and put it in a medium bowl. Add the ricotta and mix together.
Empty half the jar of tomato sauce into a lasagne dish and spread out over the base.
Take about a sixth of the spinach mixture and spread it all over one of the pancakes then carefully roll up. Place it on top of the sauce with the join underneath, repeat with the remaining pancakes and mixture.
Pour the rest of the tomato sauce over the pancakes and spread it out to cover them all. Sprinkle some grated cheese on top.
Bake for 30-40 minutes (I found they needed more time than stated on the website but check after 20 minutes). Serve with salad and crusty bread, or whatever you fancy.
(When the stuffed pancakes came out of the oven I put in another pack of sweet ready-made pancakes to warm up so we could have them for dessert. I put them on a plate with a piece of baking paper between each one to prevent them sticking together and a piece of foil on top. We ate them with orange juice and sugar (Dad), apple compote and honey (Nick) and lemon juice and stewed rhubarb (me). A successful cheat’s Pancake Day.
I promise to get the frying pan out next year !!