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On a mission to make every British festivity bicycle-themed in 2015, we’ve gotten creative in the TWC kitchen.

By taking some classic English and American pancake recipes, a bicycle-shaped cutter, a sharp knife, a tube of icing and our ability to make anything look like a bike, we’ve whipped up some cyclist-friendly treats just in time for Shrove Tuesday.

Fancy having a go yourself? These bicycle pancakes will be great fun to make with the kids, or to surprise your cycle-mad other half in bed with Tuesday morning.

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To make traditional Shrove Tuesday pancakes, either as dessert or with savoury accompaniments for your main meal, all you will need extra to give them that cycle-mad twist is a bicycle-shaped biscuit cutter.

You may be lucky enough to stumble upon one in your local cookware shop, but if not Etsy is a great place to pick one up for next to nothing.

Then, simply make your batter, fry your pancakes and cut them into bicycle shapes, using your new cutter.

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Ingredients

100g plain flour

2 eggs

300ml semi-skimmed milk

1 spoonful of butter

A pinch of salt

Method

  1. Blend the flour and salt in a large mixing bowl, make a well in the centre and crack the eggs in along with 50ml of the milk. Mix to form a thick batter.
  2. As you whisk, add more and more milk until your batter is nice and smooth and to the correct pancake consistency.
  3. Melt the butter in a pan, or in the microwave and use it to grease the bottom of a hot frying pan before ladling in a spoonful of batter.
  4. Once the batter mixture has started to bubble and it has become loose from the pan, it's ready to flip over to cook the other side. If you're not very sure of your flipping abilities, a spatula works just as well (although it's not as fun...).
  5. Repeat until all the batter is used up.

Recipe adapted from BBC Good Food

TWC pancake

This is where you can really get creative at the breakfast table by chopping up the thicker, American-style pancakes to piece together into any shape you want. We went for a bicycle, of course.

Traditionally served with maple syrup and bacon as a breakfast or brunch food, we decided to bring American pancakes to the dessert table by using black icing to really bring our bicycle pancake design to life. If you fancy doing this too, grab yourself some mini tubes of pre-made icing or fashion your own out of a piping bag and a tub of Nutella. Yum.

Ingredients

135g plain flour

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

2 tbsp caster sugar

130ml milk

1 large egg

2 tbsp melted butter

Method

  1. Start your batter off by sifting the flour, baking powder, salt and caster sugar together in a large mixing bowl. Then in a jug combine the milk, egg and melted butter and whisk together.
  2. Pour the liquid mixture into the flour mixture and whisk together with a fork to create a smooth batter.
  3. Add a knob of butter to a large frying pan. Once the butter has melted and the pan has reached a medium heat, add one ladle of batter mixture per pancake.
  4. Wait until the pancake begins to bubble on top before flipping over and cooking the other side.
  5. Repeat until all the batter is used up.
  6. To create your bicycle, get yourself a sharp knife (or try using a plastic alternative if the kids are helping) and cut out all of the rectangular and square pieces pictured above. Use an entire pancake for each of the wheels, or cut out two smaller circles if you'd prefer to make a smaller bicycle instead.
  7. If you fancy getting really creative, you could even make an entire cycling scene on the plate. Chop up a mango to form a sun, fashion some grass out of green icing and pop a gingerbread man on the saddle as your cyclist.

Recipe adapted from BBC Good Food

Tweet us your bicycle-themed pancake pictures to @TtlWomenCycling using the hashtag #PancakeDay