Pancake Tuesday is coming soon and supermarkets are already stocked with pancake mix, lemons and special pans.
Making pancakes is easy and needs no special equipment, just a pan, eggs, flour and milk. However, even dedicated cooks will hesitate over making them first thing in the morning in the rush to school and work, or late at night after a busy day. So sometimes a packet of bought pancakes is just fine.
Pancakes taste at their best when made fresh and eaten within seconds of leaving the pan, so no bought pancake can really be compared to fresh made. However, toasting the pancakes or heating them in a pan with a little butter can go a long way to improve the taste. I toasted the small pancakes and heated the large ones on a pan, and tested them on my family with flavours such as lemon, sugar and maple syrup.
SUPERQUINN FRESH PANCAKES, 300G, €2.99
Expensive, but handmade instore every day. These looked and tasted just like homemade pancakes and were good cold or heated in a pan. We finished the lot — excellent. 8.5/10
SUNBLEST GIANT PANCAKES, 330G, €2
Four thick, soft, fluffy pancakes, a little doughy when cold, but excellent once heated. Not like pancakes you make yourself (too thick) but a very good breakfast or snack. 7.5/10
LIDL MOTHERS PRIDE PANCAKES, 300G, €1.19
Small, soft pancakes with a hint of sweetness, not too doughy, at their best toasted. These are ecellent value. 7/10
TESCO PANCAKES, 280G, €2
Pleasant, fluffy, small pancakes that fit neatly in your toaster. Reasonable taste but must be heated. 6.5/10
ALDI PANCAKES, 625G, €1.69
From the chill section, these were large and mottled in colour with a pleasant, sweet flavour. Good, but more like French pancakes than Irish ones. Best served as a dessert.6/10
DUNNES BAKERS BASKET, 560G, €1.99
Mild sweet taste but rather chewy and rubbery. These improved once heated. 5/10
GALBERTS LARGE PANCAKE, 540G, €2.40
These look the part with holes and a mottled colour but were tasteless and watery. They improved a little on heating but not enough. 4/10