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We all know kids love to cook, but we also know that they love to get messy even more, so we’ve developed our ACE stain removal tips for this Pancake Day to help you out when your little chefs end up wearing more of the batter mix than cooking it, as well as an easy-to-follow pancake recipe!

Plus, we’d love to see how you all get on with your Pancake Day fun – why not share your photos with ACE via Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. We also want to hear from you if you were able to flip your pancakes successfully and how creative you got with our recipe!

Stain Removal Tips

Act fast
If you act quick, stain removal can be a lot easier. Why not help yourself out and try to remove the stain after it happens, that’ll give you the best chance of getting rid of the stain!

Blot the stain
Try to remove any excess liquid or substances from the stained area before pre-soaking. In the case of cooking pancakes, it’s the batter mix that is likely to get spilt. Dab area to remove excess liquid or use a spoon or a blunt knife to gently lift any solid substances, such as melted chocolate sauce!

Check the labels
We know you’ve heard to all before and we all know we’re meant to read the labels, but we really do recommend that you should always check the care labels to make sure your clothing is not dry clean only. Ultimately it could mean that your clothes stay looking nicer for longer. Also, before beginning your wash, it is important to find out whether or not your clothes are colourfast, otherwise you may end up with a messy wash with dyes running into other clothes!

Pre-soak
If an item of clothing is badly stained it may need soaking before you wash it with a detergent and ACE for Colours or ACE for Whites. Some stains need cold water and some are fine with warm – again it’s best to check the label.

Once you’ve covered all of the above steps stain removal should be easy – so why not enjoy the memories and let ACE take care of the mess!

Now for the messy bit…

Our ACE pancake recipe!

Ingredients for 12 servings

Prep time 5 mins – Cook time 15 mins – Ready to enjoy in 20 mins

• 100g plain flour
• 2 large eggs
• 300 ml milk
• 1 tbsp sunflower or vegetable oil, plus a little more for the frying

To make the batter sift together the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar in a large bowl, Make a well in the centre and pour in the milk, egg and melted butter; mix until nice and smooth. Get the kids to count out the ingredients and help with the muscle power for the mixing!

Heat a lightly oiled frying pan over medium-high heat. Pour or scoop a ladle the batter into the pan. Brown on both sides and serve hot. It might be best to leave mum and dad to do the hob cooking, littler kids can help with the filling, and eating when the pancakes are all cooked!

And now for the tasty bit…

We suggest serving sweet and savoury pancakes, creating a real feast for all the family to enjoy! Why not start with cheese and ham pancake roll-ups followed by yummy chocolate spread and strawberry-filled pancakes, and don’t stop with one fruit – add blueberries and chopped bananas to get at least a few of their five a day in there somehow!

Enjoy and don’t forget to share your fun mess-making Pancake Day cooking with us via Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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