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Its Pancake day! Not really a tradition in Lanzarote as we are still celebrating Carnival but I have found a recipe for Canarian Pancakes aptly named Tortillas de Carnival! These are small pancakes which are flavoured with cinnamon and lemon then fried. A tradition that has been going on for years where they are in fact served during the Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife on Shrove Tuesday, before the celebrations end on Ash Wednesday.

  • ¾ cup plain flour
  • 1 tbsp arrowroot powder (or cornstarch)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 3 tbsp agave nectar or maple syrup
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • ½ cup dairy-free milk
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil + extra for frying
To serve
  • Agave nectar or maple syrup
  • Fresh fruit
  1. Drizzle a frying with vegetable oil and put on a medium heat.
  2. Mix the dry ingredients together in a large bowl.
  3. Stir in the wet ingredients until well combined and the texture is runny but thick.
  4. Ladle approximately 2 tbsp of the batter onto the dry pan and cook for 10-20 seconds before carefully flipping onto the other side. Cook for another 10-20 seconds.
  5. Repeat with the rest of the batter. Makes approximately 10 mini pancakes.
  6. Serve and enjoy!