For Christians around the world, today marks Shrove Tuesday, the feast day before lent, ridding the cupboards of food that is traditionally given up in a 40-day fast in the lead up to Easter.
For most of us, including myself, Shrove Tuesday is actually a day to try out different pancake topping combinations (my favourite is pistachios and white chocolate) and compare pancake flipping techniques with our family.
As we did for a traditional Christmas dinner, and a vegan bharelu shaak in January, Asian Standard has once again hit the shopping aisles to compare how much it costs to make a stack of strawberry pancakes.
We have compared twelve supermarkets, seven of the top mainstream supermarkets, and five of the leading Asian supermarkets in Bradford, to compare which one is cheapest to make traditional pancakes with a hint of vanilla topped with strawberries.
Pancakes are remarkably simple to make, you just need a bit of flour, eggs, milk, water (which we didn’t include in the total cost as one litre of water from the tap costs less than 1p), baking powder, vanilla extract, and brown sugar and strawberries to top it off.
With previous supermarket comparisons, the mainstream supermarkets have come up cheaper than the Asian counterparts, however, this time around one local grocery store matched the price of Sainsbury’s and was cheaper than Lidl, Morrisons, and Marks and Spencer.
With no surprises, Marks and Spencer was the most expensive mainstream supermarket, with the nine items totting up to £12.29 – the reason being that they only stocked vegetable oil in the two-litre bottles, instead of the one-litre bottles that the other shops carried. The other shops carried flour at around 45p to £1, so their flour which cost £1.95 also bumped up the price.
There was just one more shop more expensive than M&S – Kanapeena, with strawberry pancakes costing £12.97. This is because a carton of eggs is a bit more expensive to purchase than the other shops, and the price of strawberries, flour, and vegetable oil all hover at around £1.59 or more.
In joint fourth place, is Sainsbury’s and the cheapest Asian supermarket in Bradford, Al Halal, with both supermarkets coming in at £9.03. Flour and brown sugar cost a bit more in Al Halal than Sainsbury’s, but it was cheaper on strawberries, baking powder and vanilla extract.
Surprisingly, the second most expensive shop for ingredients in Lidl at £9.81, followed by Morrisons in sixth place out of twelve, falling from grace after being the cheapest supermarket for bharelu shaak, an aubergine-based meal. Flour was the cheapest at Morrisons out of all the supermarkets, costing 39p, with the average cost of flour being 89p.
In the eighth, ninth, and tenth place, is Manchester Superstore at £10.01, SaveCo, at £10.14, and Pakeezah, at £10.71. Flour, brown sugar, baking powder, and salt all cost under £1 each at Manchester Superstore, but the cost of eggs per carton and vegetable oil bumped up the cost.
Strawberries at SaveCo cost £1.99, with salt, flour, and vegetable oil, tipping the cost of pancakes over ten pounds. At Pakeezah, a punnet of strawberries is cheap, costing 99p, with brown sugar and flour costing the same price. The shop comes in at tenth place because the oil costs £1.99 and a carton of eggs £2.29.
Tesco came in at a moderate £8.21, with strawberry pancakes from Asda costing £7.84. Flour from both supermarkets came in at 45p, with Tesco charging 51p more for brown sugar. Both eggs and milk were cheaper at Asda than in Tesco, with both items costing 11p less in Asda than in Tesco.
The cheapest supermarket and winner of this round of supermarket comparisons is Aldi, with vanilla strawberry pancakes topped with brown sugar costing a few pence shy of seven pounds at £6.97. Strawberries were the most expensive ingredient at £169, followed by vegetable oil. The cupboard products – flour, baking powder, salt, cost less than 70p each.
All prices are correct on Monday, 28 February 2022.
To make eight strawberry pancakes you need:
- 150g of all-purpose flour
- 2 large eggs
- 250ml of milk
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- Pinch of salt
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- Punnet of chopped fresh strawberries
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