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The best pancake recipes

by Lottie Huckle

published on 7 February 2024

You just can’t beat a big pile of pancakes for breakfast (or lunch or dinner, for that matter). Whether you’re in the mood for simple crêpes, a pillowy Dutch baby, a stack of American-style pancakes studded with blueberries, or buckwheat crêpes with mushroom and egg, you’ll find a recipe to suit every possible craving on this list of sweet and savoury pancakes.

Still keen to nail the fundamentals of a good pancake? Be sure to check out our step-by-step guide on how to make perfect pancakes.

Best sweet pancake recipes

Crêpes

Lemon and Sugar Crêpes

Lemon and Sugar Crêpes

by Victoria Blashford-Snell

The classic. Nobody can refuse a stack of crêpes drenched in freshly squeezed lemon juice and sprinkled in caster sugar. This failsafe recipe will help you create perfect crêpes, every time.

Mary Berry’s Cinnamon Crepes

In this simple but comforting recipe, Mary adds a cinnamon twist to classic crepes and serves them with a squeeze of lemon and a sprinkle of sugar.

Tahini, Carob and Cinnamon Honey Pancakes

by Meliz Berg

Give your crêpes a Turkish cyrpriot twist with this recipe from Meliz Berg, topped with tahini and carob.

Blueberry and Honey Pancakes

Blueberry and Honey Pancakes

by Catherine Hill

Take your crêpes to the next level with this recipe, complete with a fruity blueberry and honey compote to add just the right amount of sweetness.

American-style pancakes

Fitwaffle’s Easy 3-Ingredient Pancakes

by Eloise Head

This super easy recipe for perfectly fluffy American-style pancakes uses just three basic ingredients for the batter. All that remains is to choose your favourite toppings.

Melissa Hemsley’s Blueberry Ricotta Pancakes

Using ricotta in your pancake batter is an inspired way to give them a cloud-like texture. Melissa also studs the batter with plump berries and serves her pancakes with thick yoghurt and maple syrup.

Blueberry Cream Cheese Pancakes

Blueberry Cream Cheese Pancakes

by Chrissy Teigen

For extra light pancakes, make like Chrissy Teigen and incorporate cubes of cream cheese into the batter.

Blender Banana Pancakes

Blender Banana Pancakes

by Megan Gilmore

Looking for an excuse to eat pancakes for breakfast every day? We’ve got you covered. These pancakes are not only quick to make, but they’re also packed with protein and healthy fats. If that’s not a reason to swap out your cereal, we don’t know what is.

Alternative pancake recipes

Harry Styles’s Dutch Baby with Cinnamon Rhubarb

Harry Styles’s Dutch Baby with Cinnamon Rhubarb

from Flavour

A billowing centrepiece of a pancake from Ruby Tandoh, this Dutch Baby makes for an indulgent dessert, breakfast or brunch. Serve with a sweet and sharp rhubarb compote.

Malpua: Ghee-fried Pancakes Soaked in Syrup

by Asma Khan
from Ammu

These light, syrup-soaked pancakes are traditionally served during Holi but make for a beautiful breakfast or dessert year-round.

Arabian Pancakes with Orange-Flower Syrup

Arabian Pancakes with Orange-Flower Syrup

Complete with a fragrant orange-flower syrup, Nigella Lawson’s Arabian pancakes would be the perfect dessert following a Middle Eastern-style feast. 

Lace Heart Pancakes

Lace Heart Pancakes

by Emma Marsden

For the star bakers out there, try these lace heart pancakes. Inspired by a Great British Bake Off technical challenge, they make a pretty and delicate dessert.

Shredded Austrian Pancake (Kaiserschmarrn)

Shredded Austrian Pancake (Kaiserschmarrn)

by Michael Zee

Give your pancakes an Austrian twist with this recipe for Kaiserschmarrn. These light and fluffy shredded pancakes are best served with sharp red berries and plenty of powdery icing sugar. 

Best savoury pancake recipes

Rick Stein’s Buckwheat Crepes with Eggs and Mushrooms

Rick Stein’s Buckwheat Crepes with Eggs and Mushrooms

Rick Stein’s savoury buckwheat crêpe is a taste of France, packed with mushrooms, oozing cheese, and a runny cooked egg. 

Spinach, Mushroom and Blue Cheese Pancakes

Featuring both Blue and Parmesan, these extra cheesy pancakes are finished under the grill to achieve the perfect oozy texture.

Coconut Pancakes with Bacon and a Poached Egg

by Giggling Squid

These pancakes are extra creamy thanks to the addition of coconut milk in the batter. Topped with a poached egg and bacon, they’re the ultimate savoury stack.

Smoked Salmon & Chive Potato Pancakes with Horseradish Cream

Smoked Salmon & Chive Potato Pancakes with Horseradish Cream

Simon Hopkinson’s smoked salmon and chive potato pancakes are fried in clarified butter and served with a peppery horseradish cream. Not just for Pancake Day, these indulgent pancakes would also make an excellent dinner party starter.

Crêpes et galettes (Pancakes and Buckwheat Pancakes)

Crêpes et galettes (Pancakes and Buckwheat Pancakes)

Originally from Brittany, crêpes and galettes (made with buckwheat flour) have been adopted as France’s national snack, and tiny booths serving them with a choice of toppings can be found on virtually every Parisian street. If you’re eating them the traditional way, they should be washed down with a glass of Breton cider.

Classic Pancakes Stuffed with Spinach and Ricotta (Panzerotti Tradizionali)

Classic Pancakes Stuffed with Spinach and Ricotta (Panzerotti Tradizionali)

by Michaela, Emanuela and Romina Chiappa

The Chiappa sisters put a twist on the classic spinach and ricotta cannelloni with these delicious Panzerotti. “We loved these as children and would help Mum stir the mixture and roll them up – we called them ‘roly-polys’.”

Rice Flour Pancakes

Rice Flour Pancakes

Eaten for breakfast or as a snack food, this recipe from Madhur Jaffrey is served with chutneys and pickles. You can also wrap them around any vegetable dish of your choice and serve them at lunch with a salad. 

Turkish Spinach Galette

Turkish Spinach Galette

by Rachel de Thample
from FIVE

Galettes are great carriers for all manner of filling, including lots of fruit and veg. This recipe is packed with lots of fresh spinach, punchy harissa and a runny egg yolk in the middle for dipping.

Baked Pancakes with Gruyère

Baked Pancakes with Gruyère

by Raymond Blanc

Raymond Blanc’s baked pancakes are stuffed with spinach, mushrooms and plenty of Gruyère cheese. Prepare the stuffed pancakes a day in advance and wake up to a ready-to-go breakfast.

Okonomiyaki (Japanese Pancakes)

Okonomiyaki (Japanese Pancakes)

by Michael Zee

Loaded with tuna, bacon, dashi stock and egg, these okonomiyaki-inspired pancakes are as savoury as it gets. Once you’ve got the hang of SymmetryBreakfast’s recipe you can customise this recipe to include your favourite ingredients. 

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