With Shrove Tuesday around the corner, we’ve teamed up with Ballymaloe trained Chef – Fred Hills to hear his favourite pancake recipes to match with 4 of our new favourite wine choices. With a combination of sweet and sour flavours, wine pairing is never easy to handle, so here’s a helping hand to tackle the problem.
Your Childhood Favourite Lemon and Sugar Pancake
I would usually go for something classic like a Col Fondo, but on this occasion, with the sun shining (whilst writing this) I would choose one of my personal favourites this month – Yetti and the Kokonut El Doradillo 2018. The rare Spanish variety of Doradillo, taken to crazy, flavour-packed heights produced in the Barossa has spent four months on the skins (which is a lot). The natural grip and chew of this variety have softened nicely leaving in its wake a slick of juicy, vibrant and exotic fruit. (available to order by the single bottle).
Healthy Buckwheat Pancakes – A favourite Shrove Tuesday treat with all the flavour and none of the guilt!
This recipe by Amelia Freer is one of Fred’s go-to Buckwheat recipes. For a pancake with fruity toppings, we’d always suggest going for a wine similar in style to match. When sweet springs to mind, so does The Slobodne Rebela Rosa. Slobodne Rebela Rosa is a blend of Blaufränkisch and Cabernet Sauvignon with zero-added-sulphites, It’s a wine that is incredibly stable and incredibly delicious. It’s a complex, creamy, super fresh. Floral, citrusy, and with hints of candied fruits which would accompany Fred’s favourite buckwheat pancake to a T.
The Duck Pancake – Fred’s curve-ball pancake
Not your average Shrove Tuesday recipe, but still a firm classic pancake which isn’t too tricky to make. Fred recommends the Jamie Oliver Crispy Peking duck pancake recipe which is very easy to construct, and never disappoints! Continuing with the left field theme, our perfect pairing is the Alloy Wine Works Pinot Noir Cans, these Pinot Noir cans are made by winemaker Andrew Jones in the central coast of California are the perfect pairing to break down the salty hoisin sauce and rich crispy duck.
The Classic Nutella Chocolate Pancake
The classic indulgent pancake for all the family, everyone has a favourite pancake recipe they can smother in their favourite chocolate sauce. So what wine would you pair with it? When rich chocolate springs to mind, so does the Centopassi Nero d’Avola-Perricone Giato Rosso – It is earthy with vibrant acidity, a pleasant soft mouthfeel with well-integrated tannins and a long finish.