The perfect pancake: recipes for Pancake Day

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Once again, Pancake Day - or Shrove Tuesday - is upon us. This year, it falls on 28 February 2017. Are you prepared?

Make sure you have a a flipping <arf> great day, with this basic and easy pancake recipe. Once you have that down, we've loads of delicious and creative pancake filling ideas to play around with.  

Basic pancake recipe

Makes approx. 6-8 large pancakes


  • 125g plain flour (self-raising will do if that's all you have) 
  • 250ml milk 
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 egg 
  • Butter/oil (for frying)


  1. Sift the flour and salt in a mixing bowl.
  2. Make a 'well' in the flour and crack the egg in.
  3. Using an electric hand mixer, or whisk, gradually add the milk until the consistency is between single and double cream.
  4. Heat the butter/oil in a frying pan and when hot pour in a cup of the mixture. (Tip: using a measuring jug to do this makes it easier.)
  5. When cooked on one side, turn with a spatula (or toss if you don't mind getting it wrong/have more than five minutes to spare) and cook the other side until both sides are slightly brown.
  6. Serve with your favourite toppings.

Firm family favourites

Lemon crepes

This traditional lemony crepe uses oil in its recipes for an even silkier pancake.

Fluffy American pancakes

The classic - smaller, fluffier, and fantastic with maple syrup (and crispy bacon).

Breakfast pancakes

Bananas, sultanas and creme fraiche make this recipe a great way to start your pancake day.

Savoury twists

Bacon and onion pancakes

Spring onions, bacon and chicken stock mean these are great as a main meal or snack.  

Cheddar, chive and potato pancakes

Make your pancakes more filling and substantial with grated potato and farmhouse cheddar. 

Green spinach pancakes (dairy-free)

Healthier sorts and those that can't have dairy should try these fab green pancakes. 

Video: American-style savoury pancakes

Vibrant veg and crispy bacon top off these fluffy pancakes - ready to plate up in minutes.

Sweet treats

Apple pancakes

A clever way to get some fruit into your children - and delicious to boot.

Flower pancakes

Go all out with elderflowers, lemon zest and wine(!) to make pancakes which are elegant and delicate.

Buckwheat pancakes

The slightly heavier texture of these lactose-free pancakes will go down a treat.

Video: Nutella-stuffed American pancakes

Sweet and fluffy with melt-in-the-middle chocolate centres - a chocoholic's dream.

Even more pancake filling ideas

  • "Hot smoked honey and mustard salmon, creme fraiche and a squeeze of lemon juice."
  • "Nutella and ice cream, but only one as it's quite rich due to the half jar of Nutella I use on each."
  • "I love savoury ones - mushrooms, ham, grated cheese and a tomato sauce."
  • "Yummy spicy spinach and green chilli pancakes - probably not for young kids, but we love them!"
  • "Blueberries, lemon and pecan syrup."
  • "Strawberry jam and squirty cream - with some chocolate chips for good measure."

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Last updated: 22 days ago