If you’re looking for some inspiration for Pancake Day or simply fancy some pancakes for breakfast, brunch, lunch, tea or dinner, there is a recipe for you. In this roundup I’ve put together the Best Pancake Recipes including sweet, savoury, vegan, gluten free options and even a couple of really fun ones for big and little kids alike!
Pancakes are absolutely not just for Pancake Day. Although I do like to really go quite hard on Shrove Tuesday too. In fact, I like to go for at least two varieties if not three.
A savoury option for the main course, a sweet one for afters and if I’m feeling really sprightly, I might make some for breakfast too. Any excuse really.
There are so many options to choose from. You can opt for a thin, crepe like European pancake and flavour them, top them or stuff them.
Or make something more akin to the thicker, fluffier American style pancake. You can add in all sorts and top them with even more options. This type tends to be on the sweeter side but you can also accompany them with savoury items, especially at breakfast.
And then there are a whole myriad of other options from around the world. Whether that’s a chickpea flour pancake, a hybrid American/French gluten free buckwheat pancake or little pofferjes from the Netherlands. So there is no need to stick with tradition, there are plenty of ways to think outside the box!
Pancake Toppings and Sauces
It isn’t just the basic pancake that you can vary. You can take the most basic of pancakes recipes and mix things up by varying the toppings. From fruit coulis, compotes, jams and sweet sauces to savoury toppings and stuffings.
Some of my favourite sweet options are:
- Ginger & Peach Compote
- Vegan Mango Coconut Ice Cream
- Chocolate Fudge Sauce – Charlotte’s Lively Kitchen
- Butterscotch Sauce – Charlotte’s Lively Kitchen
- Vegan Chocolate Sauce – Fuss Free Flavours
- Figs with White Chocolate Sauce – Farmersgirl Kitchen
- Rhubarb, Lemon & Vanilla Jam – Fab Food 4 All
- Honey Roasted Nectarine Ice Cream – Fuss Free Flavours
- Simple Strawberry Sauce – Kitchen Sanctuary
And here are some of my favourite savoury options:
- Creamed Mushrooms with Oregano
- Sausage Gravy
- Asparagus with Prosciutto & Poached Eggs
- Baked Beetroot with Honey – Farmer’s Girl Kitchen
- Sausage & Mushrooms with Cider & Mustard – Charlotte’s Lively Kitchen
I am personally a huge fan of just sugar or golden syrup on my traditional British Pancakes. Of course sugar and lemon juice is traditional but I’ve never enjoyed the lemon addition.
And then I like to douse my American or Scotch pancakes with maple syrup. Ideally I’ll have them with bacon and eggs too! For a more savoury options, I serve my Sweet Potato Pancakes with Avocado and Bacon for a great Everyday Brunch Feast.
Basic Pancake Recipes
These recipes are the Best Basic Pancake Recipes. There are simple and classic British pancakes, drop scones, American pancakes, ones with buttermilk, cute Dutch pancakes, dairy free almond pancakes and ones stuffed with pumpkin puree.
All you have to do is decide on your choice of topping!
Fruity Pancake Recipes
Whether you are trying to hit your 5-a-day target or simply love fruit, pancakes are a wonderful and versatile vehicle with many options.
All of these pancakes in my Fruity Pancake Recipe selection add fruit to the batter and use it as a garnish. Targets hit no problem!
Chocolate Pancake Recipes
Sometimes only chocolate will do. These are my favourite Chocolate Pancake Recipes where chocolate really is the main ingredient.
Make sure to keep scrolling for some other chocolate chip options too.
Fun Pancake Recipes for Kids
I couldn’t not include these fab recipes. I mean how cute are those farmyard pancakes!
By the way, when I say “kids” that does not mean that childless adults cannot quite rightly make themselves a sheep shaped pancake. There is no upper age limit on fun.
Sweet Pancake Recipes
All of the recipes in this selection of Sweet Pancake Recipes not only provide you with the recipes to make the basic pancake but also a sweet topping too.
Nutella might well be a classic but I cannot wait to try making the Sticky Toffee Pancakes. Pure simple genius. (Sticky toffee cake really is my fave!).
Savoury Pancake Recipes
Savoury pancakes are a hugely underrated dish. I still come across people who are surprised that its even a thing! But I might even prefer them to sweet pancakes. No thats a lie, but it is a tie!
The recipes I’ve included here only really scratch the surface of savoury pancake options. And there really is something for everyone, whether you want vegan, veggie, meaty or fishy pancakes!
Gluten Free Pancake Recipes
Many of the other recipes can easily be made gluten free by subbing the flour for a gluten free blend like this one from Free From Fairy. But these recipes are already gluten free!
Chocolate, fruity or plain, the choice is yours!
Vegan Pancake Recipes
Vegan pancakes can be a little trickier as eggs and milk form the basis of most recipes. But these recipes are ideal. There are sweet and savoury options too.
So now I’ve told you what my favourite pancakes are, I want to hear how you eat yours! Head to the comments section below and let me know!
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