Vintage recipe – Lutona Chocolate Pancakes, 1930s

It’s Shrove Tuesday so, of course, it’s a vintage pancake recipe today. The recipe is from a delightful 1930s Co-operative booklet called 32 Entirely New and Original Lutona Cocoa Recipes. The name “Lutona” refers to the Co-op’s exotic cocoa processing plant…in Luton.

Lutona cocoa booklet, 1930s

Lutona cocoa booklet, 1930s

Lutona cocoa booklet, 1930s

Lutona cocoa booklet, 1930s

Here’s the chocolate pancakes recipe:

Lutona cocoa booklet, 1930s

Lutona cocoa booklet, 1930s

What’s lovely about this book is the specially painted illustrations of all the recipes. This one for chocolate custard is very tempting…

Lutona cocoa booklet, 1930s

Lutona cocoa booklet, 1930s

Does anyone else feel compelled to enter long since defunct competitions? There’s one small bit of my brain that thinks it might open up some kind of time portal to the past.

Lutona cocoa booklet, 1930s

Lutona cocoa booklet, 1930s

Me, I’ll be experimenting this year with egg and dairy-free pancakes for my little allergy-ridden daughter. I have my eye on some banana ones, so I’ll be seeing if it’s possible to make pancakes without most of the things that make a pancake a pancake…

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