Winner! Winner! Pancakes for Dinner!

As we bid farewell to a cold and blustery February, many of us will greet the new month by filling our bellies with warm comfort food on March 5. What’s on the menu? Pancakes … for dinner!

Shrove Tuesday, also known as Pancake Tuesday, is a great excuse to have a breakfast treat for dinner. Walmart’s here to help you plan your pancake game: from just the right tools and toppings to super easy preparation.

A Long-Standing Tradition

Pancake Tuesday, or Shrove Tuesday, is the traditional day of feasting for Christians, as described on Historic UK. It is held the day before Ash Wednesday (the beginning of the forty days of Lent). In the past, families would clear out their cupboards by removing fattening foods that might tempt them during Lent (the time leading up to Easter when families following the Christian faith fast from fatty, rich foods). They would cook up and eat these foods on Shrove Tuesday.

In our house, we continue with Pancake Tuesday because there’s nothing like comfort food on a March evening.

Let’s Get Dinner Going

Whether you call them hotcakes, flapjacks or pancakes, it all starts with a good recipe. Mine comes from my mom and grandmother, out of the old family cookbook. You may have a family favourite hand-me-down recipe, too. Our family go-to (if we don’t have the ingredients to make pancakes from scratch) is pancake mix in a box. You can get plain pancake mix or go all fancy-like and get the mix with buttermilk!

Aunt Jemima Complete Buttermilk Pancake & Waffle Mix

Aunt Jemima Complete Buttermilk Pancake & Waffle Mix

When time is tight, it’s all about working smarter, not harder. This Aunt Jemima buttermilk pancake and waffle mix is so complete that all you need to do is add water.

The KISS Principle

Relax—lead singer Gene Simmons is not coming to prepare your pancakes. I’m talking Keep It Simple, Sweetie! Thanks to Walmart.ca, your shopping experience just got easier and less stressful, too. Now that you’ve got the pancakes figured out, it’s time to choose what to serve with your pancakes.

“Meat” a Few Suggestions

Maple Pork Breakfast Sausages by Maple Leaf

Maple Pork Breakfast Sausages by Maple Leaf

Your pancakes could be served solo, or pair them with yummy maple pork breakfast sausages by Maple Leaf. These maple syrup flavoured breakfast sausages are made with Canadian pork. Nine sausages per pack.

Great Value Naturally Smoked Bacon

Great Value Naturally Smoked Bacon

These delicious strips of naturally smoked bacon by Great Value really are naturally smoked. You can quickly cook the bacon in the microwave or bake it in the oven. It’s all up to you.

Time to Mix It Up a Bit

A good mixer is a must when you’re making pancakes. If your hand mixer has seen better batter days, it could be time to upgrade to a hand mixer with—get this—a retractable cord. No more elastics or trying to untangle from everything else in that appliance cupboard that you keep meaning to get to (or is that just me?).

Oster Six-Speed Retractable Cord Hand Mixer

Oster Six-Speed Retractable Cord Hand Mixer

This Oster hand mixer with retractable cord can help make food preparation (and cleanup and storage) an absolute pleasure. The handle is ergonomically designed. This lightweight mixer can be used by chefs and amateurs alike. Includes storage bag, beaters, whisks and dough hooks.

 

 

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Batter Up!

Once you’ve prepared the pancake batter, it’s time to cook. Sure, you can use your favourite ol’ frying pan, but if you’re making a family-sized batch, you may want to get as many of these babies on the go as you can. That’s where a great griddle can come in handy. My grandmother gave us an electric griddle by Sunbeam 30+ years ago for our wedding. Every time I use it, I think of Gram.

Sunbeam Non-stick Electric Griddle

Sunbeam Non-stick Electric Griddle

One of the many things I love about this electric griddle is it has a removable drip tray so that your bacon grease doesn’t migrate into everything else. It features an adjustable temperature gauge and a non-stick surface designed for easy cleanup. The edges are engineered to be cool to the touch to help keep your hands safe while cooking and serving.

When it comes to preparing pancakes, you don’t have to use a griddle. Instead, you could add some colour to your cooktop with this beauty from Walmart.

The Tasty 11-inch Diamond Non-stick Frying Pan

The Tasty 11-inch Diamond Non-stick Frying Pan

This Tasty frying pan will help you cook pancakes evenly and keep them warm in the oven. This frying pan is oven safe (up to 400 degrees F) and its PFOA-free non-stick diamond-reinforced coating can help make clean up easier. The stainless steel induction base makes it suitable for all cooking surfaces. Includes a tempered glass lid with steam vent.

Everybody’s waiting at the dinner table. The butter or margarine is ready for melting over your golden glories, sweet fruit and whipped cream are at the ready. There’s just one more thing you need to top it all off. Don’t get caught trying to drain a few drops out of three separate syrup bottles you’ve got open in the fridge! Start fresh with a classic golden offering that reminds us that if Canada had a flavour, it would have to be maple.

Decacer Pure Maple Syrup

Decacer Pure Maple Syrup

Decacer maple syrup is 100% pure and natural. It’s made in Canada and carefully prepared by their master sugar maker (wait, that’s a job?). Don’t forget to refrigerate after opening!

Pancake Tuesday is almost here. So there’s no time like the present to start shopping at Walmart.ca for all your pancake dinner fixings. Mmmm …, pancakes for dinner … Rob, where’d you put Gram’s griddle?

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Erin Davis is the #1 best-selling author of Mourning Has Broken: Love, Loss and Reclaiming Joy, a non-fiction memoir published by HarperCollins in 2019. Previously, she spent 30 years as morning host on top-rated 98.1 CHFI in Toronto and now lives with her husband and their little dog Molly on Vancouver Island. Erin writes a daily blog enjoyed by 12000+ readers weekly at erindavis.com, and enjoys travel, freelance voice work, keynote speaking and emceeing every chance she gets.