FA Student Foodie: Flippin’ up 21 pancake recipes for Shrove Tuesday ’21

By Gabbie Wright |

Celebrating this year’s Shrove Tuesday, we have compiled a collection of the 21 best pancake recipes for you to enjoy with family at home or with your housemates at university. Wherever you find yourself, make sure you take the time to try out some of the truly incredible recipes now circulating in crépe cuisine. Vegan? Gluten-free? No problem, we have included a huge variety of never-tried-before delights as well as our favourites to suit both those wanting a health kick and a serious Mardi Gras binge… If it’s not been made clear thus far we’ve got Pcake-day well and truly covered, having done all the research for you, so there is no excuse to miss out on this year’s celebrations *cue Jack Johnson’s ‘Banana Pancakes’*.

1. The French Crépe

First and fore-most, the traditional take on pancake day coming to us straight from the Paris Mardi Gras itself. The crépe is light, thin, and often too big to eat nicely. Here’s a recipe if you like to stick to tradition:

Ingredients

Typically makes 6 crépes.

  • 1 cup of plain flour
  • 2 medium-sized eggs
  • 1 cup of milk
  • A pinch of salt
  • A knob of butter
  • Vegetable oil
  • Icing sugar for topping
Method
  • Using a hand whisk combine plain flour, milk, eggs and a pinch of salt until a thin batter is smooth in consistency.
  • Heat a large frying pan (or crépe pan if you’re really prepared) on high and add a small drizzle of vegetable oil.
  • Once the oil has settled around the pan, ladle the batter into the centre and spread it to the edges slowly, rotating the pan.
  • Allow the crépe to sizzle on medium-high heat for a couple of minutes, taking a spatula to the edges to ensure its not sticking.
  • After, flip the crépe over onto the other side and allow it to cook for a further minute or two until light golden brown.
  • Serve up with a small knob of butter and a little sifted icing sugar.

2. American all-butter pancakes

The other popular pancake is usually smaller in diameter but big in height. Fluffy and thick, the American all-butter isn’t the healthiest option out there, but they definitely don’t disappoint taste-wise and surprisingly use almost exactly the same ingredients as the rival crépe.

Ingredients

Typically makes 6 American pancakes.

  • 1½ cups of self-raising flour
  • 2 medium-sized eggs
  • ½ cup of milk
  • A knob of butter for cooking, another for topping
  • Vegetable oil
Method
  • Using a hand whisk first combine the self-raising flour and eggs until a thick paste.
  • Slowly add the milk, a stir with plenty of air until smooth in consistency.
  • Heat a frying pan on high with a drizzle of vegetable oil, then once the oil has dispersed turn the heat down slightly and add a small knob of butter to the pan and allow it to spread, turning the pan to prevent it burning.
  • Once the butter has also fully dispersed, ladle the batter into the very centre of the pan and refrain from spreading it, instead allow it to cook at its ladled height for a minute or so.
  • Flip the pancake over, and you should see it gain some thickness as it browns on the underside.
  • After a another couple of minutes, plate up.
  • Serve up the stacked pancakes with another knob of butter to melt over.

3. Classic Lemon and Sugar

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Now we’ve covered the basics, using either of the recipes above mix it up topping-wise with a classic bitter-sweet combo of lemon juice and sugar. You can put it inside the crépe and roll it up, or just top each pancake individually. Either way — the lemon and sugar combo is an essential go-to for pancake-lovers everywhere.

4. The Traditional Vegan Alternative

Veganuary may be over, but vegan pancakes are more popular than ever. If you would like an animal-friendly alternative this year, check out this tried and tested recipe from @nora_cooks_vegan_ on Instagram below:

5. Nutella and Hazelnut Crépes

Ingredients
  • 1 cup of plain flour
  • 2 medium-sized eggs
  • 1 cup of milk
  • Vegetable oil
  • Nutella chocolate spread or alternative chocolate sauce topping
  • Crushed hazelnuts
Method
  • First combine plain flour, milk and eggs using a hand whisk until a thin batter is smooth in consistency.
  • Heat a large frying pan on high and add a small drizzle of vegetable oil.
  • Once the oil has settled around the pan, ladle the batter into the centre and spread it to the edges slowly, rotating the pan.
  • Allow the crépe to sizzle on medium-high heat for a couple of minutes, taking a spatula to the edges to ensure its not sticking.
  • After, flip the crépe over onto the other side a allow it to cook for a further minute or two until light golden brown.
  • Serve up with a dollop of Nutella chocolate spread, allow it to melt a little, and then sprinkle crushed hazelnuts over the top.

6. Crépes Suzette

For those of you feeling a little more “crépe chef”, Gordon Ramsay’s famous Crépes Suzette is available here for you to tackle:

7. Almond pancakes

For the tastiest Almond pancakes, see @choosingchia’s gluten-free and grain-free recipe on Instagram below!

8. The Bacon and Maple Syrup Stack

Using the trusted all-butter American pancake recipe above, why not add a little *spice* to your fluffy stacks of heaven with some streaky bacon and a generous drizzle of maple syrup — talk about indulging… This is sure to be a hit with the dad’s that can’t let go of their full English.

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9. Oatly Breakfast pancakes

Whether you’re a hungry vegan craving a delicious new pancake recipe, or just a uni girl with a lot of oat milk going spare in the house fridge, My Vegan Minimalist is a fab vegan lifestyle blog and has one of the best Vegan Oat Milk Pancake recipes to offer!

You can find the full recipe on the My Vegan Minimalist blog:

10. Dutch Mini Pancakes – Poffertjes

If you’ve had the Marks & Spencer Dutch Mini Pancakes, you’ll know the feeling of childish delight when they finally have them in stock again after searching high and low most of the year. If however you’d rather give them a go yourself for pancake day, you can make the little pancake puffs with a Poffertjes pan and some patience.

The height of the puff in the mini pancakes is attributed to yeast, so there is a waiting time whilst this batter rises. You’ll also need some other slightly different ingredients for these babies compared to a standard American pancake, so don’t try and wing it Tuesday morning. Here are a couple of bits to buy beforehand:

  • Buckwheat or all purpose flour
  • Wheat flour
  • Powdered or icing sugar

A full recipe for Poffertjes can be found here:

11. Traditional Savoury Crépe

The savoury crépe is simple enough to make, and is perfect for anyone who’s not got a sweet tooth but still wants in on the Shrove celebrations. Following from a French tradition, savoury crépes are often enjoyed with a fried egg, ham, and lots of cheese.

Ingredients

To make one savoury crépe.

  • ¼ cup of plain flour
  • 2 medium-sized eggs
  • ¼ cup of milk
  • A pinch of salt
  • A knob of butter
  • Vegetable oil
  • Roasted ham
  • Cheddar cheese, grated
Method
  • Using a hand whisk combine the plain flour, milk, one egg and a pinch of salt until a thin batter is smooth in consistency.
  • Heat a crépe pan on high and add a small amount of vegetable oil.
  • Once the oil has settled around the pan, ladle the batter into the centre and spread it to the edges slowly, rotating the pan.
  • Allow the crépe to sizzle on medium-high heat for a couple of minutes, taking a spatula to the edges to ensure its not sticking.
  • In a second pan, fry the other egg as needed, then set aside on a low heat.
  • Flip the crépe over onto the other side and allow it to cook for a further minute or two until light golden brown.
  • Add your fried egg to the open crépe, top with ham and a handful of grated cheese.
  • Flip over the corner of the crépe to close, then plate up.
  • Serve up with a small knob of butter and a little more grated cheese on top.

12. Boujee Blinis (Russian Pancakes)

These tiny pancakes are usually served as a savoury entrée if you really fancy making a meal out of pancake day, and James Martin’s BBC Good Food recipe which includes a classic smoked salmon topping is a sure source of success.

You can access it at the following link below:

13. Vegan Apple Pancakes

Yep, ANOTHER fab vegan-friendly recipe for insane apple pancakes… Using their own unsweetened almond milk, check it out on the @califiafarmsuk Insta!

14. Banana Pancakes

Perhaps my favourite of all, the fluffy banana pancake is just that little bit better than a traditional. With the option to either mash banana into the mix pre-pan in place of standard flour, or just add chopped banana pieces to standard pancakes whilst frying to make a more chunky batch, the banana pancake outcome never disappoints when topped with melted Nutella and a sprinkle of icing sugar.

15. Springtime Lemon Poppyseed Pancakes

For anyone and everyone craving the summer we hope we get this year, these lemon poppyseed pancakes seem to be bursting with that fresh spring feeling so desperately needed. The full recipe is available at the link on @choosingchia’s Instagram post below.

16. Pumpkin Pancakes

Yep, Pumpkins exist beyond Halloween and they are particularly tasty during this holiday. Pumpkin pancakes have become incredibly popular for their gorgeous colour and spiced winter feel. To make some yourself, take a look at the full recipe below.

17. Chinese Scallion Pancakes

If you’ve not got a sweet-tooth, or fancy something different from the usual pancake celebrations, the Chinese Scallion Pancakes are a savoury naan-style flatbread that would make an excellent lunch or dinner snack still keeping in with the pancake tradition. What’s more, if you aren’t up for making this oriental speciality yourself, most takeaways will offer them on their menu… Who said pancake day couldn’t just be an excuse for a cheat day?

18. Strawberry Crépes with Ice Cream

Using the traditional crépe recipe above, you can make some seriously good Strawberry Crépes using only a couple of ingredients as follows:

  • Freshly cut British strawberries to top
  • Strawberry jam or compote to spread inside the crepe or drizzle over

And don’t forget to top with some Cornish vanilla ice cream, or even clotted cream.

19. Healthy Greek Yoghurt Pancakes

We’ve got an excellent take on pancakes using Greek yoghurt from the Eating Bird Food blog. Focussed on healthy staples, Brittany’s Greek Yoghurt Pancakes are no exception to her blog’s conscious diet. Plus, they’re packed with protein! So these are perfect for anyone who swore they were going to workout at home this new year, despite the gyms remaining closed.

20. Refined Oatmeal Pancakes

“These Vegan Oatmeal Pancakes are made with 8 simple ingredients and are perfect for a healthy breakfast or brunch!

Jessica Hoffman/Choosing Chia

Another great and easy-to-follow recipe from Choosing Chia online, the refined oatmeal pancakes are super healthy and gluten-sensitive. Take a look at the full recipe on Jess’s blog accessible below:

21. The Peanut Butter Stack

Last but certainly not least, who says a pancake stack needs to be a guilty pleasure? These peanut butter babies are plant-based, low-carb, and keto-intuitive… Almost too good to be true, plus you can top with a whole forest of fruits or chocolate chips to make them something seriously special.

Kind & Keto have published the full recipe here for you to enjoy:

Hopefully one of these recipes floats your boat for Pancake Day 2021, but if you can’t see your favourite here let us know what it is!