Pancake Day, perhaps our favourite foodie holiday, is here! These are our ultimate pancake recipes, which include sweet and savoury toppings that your family will love.
Not sure where to begin? From zingy prawn salsa pancakes to gluten, sugar and dairy-free pancakes, we’ve rounded up a selection of easy and delicious pancake recipes that will suit every taste.
Pancake novices will rejoice at our basic pancake batter recipe, which shows you how to get your base right. Once you’ve mastered the basics, you can start showing off to friends and family, load up on toppings and maybe even attempt a flip or two – don’t worry if it falls on the floor!
Once you have your plain pancake, it’s time to choose a topping (or four). You can’t go wrong with traditional lemon and sugar, or natural yoghurt topped with berries.
Are you ready for something sweet after battling through January? Our Food Editor’s recipe for banoffee pancakes will satisfy your cravings without going overboard on sugar. Just remember a non-stick pan for this one! If you don’t have much of a sweet tooth and prefer your pancakes savoury and sophisticated, look no further than Gow’s London’s oh-so-grown-up oyster pancake. It’s certainly one of the most daring pancake recipes, but nonetheless a delicious alternative on Shrove Tuesday.
Savoury pancakes can also be made vegetarian with a few tweaks. Click on our spinach and ricotta pancake recipe for a veggie-friendly pancake that meat-eaters will also adore. Kit yourself out with a non-stick frying pan, whisk, spatula, butter or oil, flour, milk, eggs and your chosen toppings, and enjoy whipping up a feast for your loved ones. Remember, the first pancake is always a bit dodgy, so don’t be disheartened!
What should the pancake mixture look like?
* The mixture needs to be the consistency of double cream. A thinner mixture, which is more like the consistency of single cream, will make extremely thin pancakes, which will be very tricky to turn over.
* If you’re new to making pancakes, the thicker the mixture, the easier it will be to turn over the pancakes.
* Our recipe combines 100g flour, 2 eggs and 300ml of milk. Start off adding 200ml of milk – better to have too little milk than too much!
What pan should I use for pancakes?
Keep one pan at home just for pancakes! It needs to be non-stick and shallow.
Help! I’ve followed the recipe and the pancakes are still sticking?
Always heat the pan up with 1tsp sunflower oil until really hot before adding the mixture. Repeat between pancakes. Use a palette knife to turn them over.
Pancake Day 2018 is on Tuesday 13th February. Keep scrolling for our favourite pancake recipes below…
It doesn’t matter what topping you pick if you don’t get your pancake batter right. Luckily our Food Editor, Felicity, has created the perfect basic batter.
Check out these fab berry chocolate heaven pancakes – they’re simply delicious and a real treat. You can make the pancakes in advance and freeze, just defrost and warm through in the oven before serving.
Looking for a change from traditional thin pancakes? Treat yourselves to these American deep and fluffy pancakes – bursting with blueberries and smothered with maple syrup.
Ever tried savoury pancakes? These speedy prawn salsa pancakes make a delicious alternative to tortilla wraps
Get flipping this pancake day with these deliciously sweet, rich and yummy banoffee bonanza pancakes – you’ll love them! Top pancake tip from Food Ed Felicity is to make sure you use a non-stick pan.
If apple pie is your favourite dessert, follow this recipe from My Kitchen Antics for the pancake equivalent. Yum.
Is your household a big fan of bacon? Then this polenta and bacon pancake recipe from The English Kitchen is ideal.
Turn pancakes into an easy meal with a handful of cheese and a couple of slices of ham.
We bet you’ve never thought of this one before… instead of wraps, make fajitas with pancakes. Delicious.
Instead of creating an ice cream sundae in a bowl, be indulgent and cover your pancakes with it. By adding berries you’ll still be getting some of your recommended five-a-day.
Whether your cooking for someone with food allergies or simply on a health kick, this banana pancake recipe from Deliciously Ella is gluten, dairy and sugar free. Hurrah!
Fill your pancakes with ricotta and spinach for a delicious veggie-friendly meal.
Want to go all out on Pancake Day? Gow’s London has a very tasty seafood version of our beloved traditional pancake. If you can’t make it to London then we’ve got the recipe to make it yourself. Pure class.