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    Pancakes and intolerances

    So, we nearly always do pancakes with the Scouts around Shrove Tuesday - they enjoy cooking and eating.

    This year I am trying to work out how to cope with gluten free, egg free, dairy free and citrus free. At least I don't need to worry about the nut allergy unless they ask for nutella spread!

    Any experiences of similar challenges?

    We can use GF flour and add an extra egg for one batch. We are thinking of vegan banana pancakes with soya milk and making all the pancakes smaller "stacking" or American type.
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    Just do normal pancakes and then combine it with a First Aid practical


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    Morrisons is selling a 'free from' pancake mix. Might be suitable.
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    You can make vegan pancakes with just flour and soya milk

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    If you need gluten free and egg free for the same person, there are some recipes online that use condensed milk in place of the milk and egg, which do work and produce a nice if very heavy pancake. Gluten, egg *and* dairy free is going to be very difficult as you need something to bind it.

    Citrus free, well, er, don't put lemon juice on

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    We've had kids with special dietary needs in the past and in most cases the parents are quite happy if you ask them to provide suitable ingredients/mixtures for their child which they can bring to scouts. Helps reduce the chance of them eating something they shouldn't.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wealdbrook View Post
    So, we nearly always do pancakes with the Scouts around Shrove Tuesday - they enjoy cooking and eating.

    This year I am trying to work out how to cope with gluten free, egg free, dairy free and citrus free. At least I don't need to worry about the nut allergy unless they ask for nutella spread!

    Any experiences of similar challenges?

    We can use GF flour and add an extra egg for one batch. We are thinking of vegan banana pancakes with soya milk and making all the pancakes smaller "stacking" or American type.

    You'll need xantham gum with your GF flour, or it'll fall apart.

    For the dairy free, is it lactose they're allergic to? You can get lactose-free milk easily at supermarkets nowadays, or plenty of other alternative milks if its due to veganism (rice, coconut, oat, almond as well as soya...).
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    Quote Originally Posted by ASLChris View Post
    [LEFT]You'll need xantham gum with your GF flour, or it'll fall apart.
    I find xanthan gum barely makes any difference at all, to be honest, as long as you are using egg/condensed milk, and if you don't use those things it doesn't do much. I've heard it touted as some kind of wonder-gluten-replacement but really have not found that to be the case.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neil Williams View Post
    I find xanthan gum barely makes any difference at all, to be honest, as long as you are using egg/condensed milk, and if you don't use those things it doesn't do much. I've heard it touted as some kind of wonder-gluten-replacement but really have not found that to be the case.
    I've mainly used it with cakes and found it helps there, but probably less of an issue with pancakes, which are flat by their nature!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ASLChris View Post
    I've mainly used it with cakes and found it helps there, but probably less of an issue with pancakes, which are flat by their nature!
    Yeah, it can help a bit alongside the egg in things where you want a gluteny bubbly structure like cakes and bread, though I wouldn't bother with it for pancakes.

    It's not the panacea a lot of people seem to think it is, though.

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    We have 2 with egg allergies - proper allergies, not intolerances, hospital care plan, epipen, ambulance ring Gilwell the next morning type of allergies. No pancakes this year or next. We'll do something else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Newbb View Post
    We have 2 with egg allergies - proper allergies, not intolerances, hospital care plan, epipen, ambulance ring Gilwell the next morning type of allergies. No pancakes this year or next. We'll do something else.
    Why not try making them with condensed milk instead? It does work surprisingly well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Newbb View Post
    We have 2 with egg allergies - proper allergies, not intolerances, hospital care plan, epipen, ambulance ring Gilwell the next morning type of allergies. No pancakes this year or next. We'll do something else.
    We are replacing the egg with banana (apparently it works well if sufficiently mashed up) and non dairy milk (but not GF flour) For another batch we will use GF flour and just make sure we put the Scouts in the right group. The one who is dairy and citrus intolerant can have the banana ut without a bit of lemon juice it may be horribly sweet!
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    My annual pancake tip.

    Buy some squeezy condiment bottles, (the kind you get on cafe tables for the sauces). Premix all the pancake batter and use them, instead of jugs, to pour the mixture into the frying pan. The amount of mess there no longer is, is hugely refreshing.

    Also, you can 'draw' your pancakes - which soaks up the time it would have taken for the kids to mix the batter themselves.

    Obviously they only really draw rude things, I find telling people it's a cactus (with a dead pan face) usually gets everyone out of trouble.

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