Pancake Day might well be a distant memory now, especially since we’re practically into Easter, but, as I’ve said before, pancakes are just too delicious to only eat one day a year. Sweet and savoury, healthy and indulgent… this round-up of perfect pancake recipes from the last Family Foodies challenge is sure to get you reaching for your frying pan. Ready? Steady? Toss!
Let’s get started with some ideas for savoury pancakes.
Louisa from Eat Your Veg is first to dish up and she’s brought her homely Savoury Kale & Mushroom Pancakes to our pancake party. Louisa is forever trying to find new ways to encourage her children to eat kale and this was her latest experiment. The adults loved it; the kids weren’t so sure. But she’s going to persist with kale nonetheless…
Seasonal kale is also the star ingredient in these wholesome Little Green Kale Fritters from Shaheen at Allotment 2 Kitchen, spiced with chilli and garam masala and accompanied by a home-made sweetcorn-chilli relish. I am so very tempted by these…
Caroline from Caroline Makes has gone brilliantly retro with her tasty ‘Findus’ Style Ham & Cheese Crispy Pancakes. It’s so retro, her recipe even uses packet cheese sauce and tinned ham!
There’s more oozy, melty cheese and ham in these wonderful Crepes with Ham, Baked Leeks and Tallegio from Claire at Foodie Quine. They look delicious and I love the idea of topping them with pesto too.
Whenever I think of savoury pancakes, I start hankering after some Crispy Chinese Duck with Pancakes and that’s precisely what I decided to bring to the table. My children go crazy for these as well; there’s just something about food you’re allowed to eat with your fingers, isn’t there?
I have a thing for experimenting with beetroot and so my second savoury pancake offering comes in the form of these Beetroot & Carrot Pancakes with Herby Mascarpone. My kids love them and you’d be hard pushed to tell they contain and vegetable matter, which might be useful to know if you’re looking for new ways to sneak some veggies into yours.
So that’s our main course over. Anyone up for a sweet pancake or two (or three) for pudding?
Kate from the Gluten Free Alchemist is really out to spoil us with her beautifully indulgent and gluten-free Vanilla Buttermilk Pancakes with Berries & Freshly Made Chocolate Sauce. Don’t you just want to dive straight into that little stack?
More chocolate sauce smothered pancakes next as Choclette from Chocolate Log Blog (now relaunched as Tin & Thyme) dishes up her glorious Spiced Kefir Pancakes with Manuka Honey and Crème Fraîche Chocolate Sauce. Completely sugar-free and made with wholemeal spelt and buckwheat, these pancakes are as healthy as they are tasty. I’ve never tried kefir before. Choclette explains it’s a fermented milk beverage, similar to yogurt but easier to make, with its own distinctive taste and are regarded by many as a probiotic.
Spelt also makes an appearance in these Almond-Spelt Pancakes from Alexandra, The Lass in the Apron, created for the medieval characters of her sister’s novels, using ingredients that would have been available in that era. What a wonderful idea. Medieval food doesn’t look half-bad!
Elizabeth from Elizabeth’s Kitchen also features almonds in her lovely little Grain-free Almond Pancakes. Elizabeth pulverised whole raw almonds and coconut to make her very own flour. Just how clever is that?
I’m amazed at just how fluffy these Banana Oat Pancakes from Johanna at Green Gourmet Giraffe look considering they are vegan and therefore contain no eggs. I had no idea you could make pancakes without eggs. Definitely a recipe I’ll be testing out soon – I’m intrigued!
Johanna from Green Gourmet Giraffe has brought a second pudding in the form of Chocolate Pancakes with Berries and Chocolate Sauce. There’s no way I could refuse a plateful of these, and I’d be after seconds too.
I am rather partial to chocolate pancakes, which is probably why that’s what I also chose to bring some along to the pancake party. My Chocolate Pancakes with Berries & Rose-scented Yoghurt are so easy to make on the Aga hob, and are a staple weekend breakfast in our house.
I am particularly taken by the colour of these Orange Pancakes with Turmeric from Sudha at Spicy, Quirky and Serendipitous. Her family were all suffering with colds and so Sudha came up with the idea of incorporating cold remedies like orange juice, honey and turmeric into her son’s favorite pancakes. What an amazing concept. And her son loved them too.
We end this pancake party with something of a showstopper. Caroline from Caroline Makes brings us a fabulous Crepe Cake also known as a thousand layer cake. Caroline made this for her local Clandestine Cake Club – they were challenged to create something using Tudor ingredients. Since pancakes were popular in Tudor times, Caroline decided to make this monumental crepe cake, with an indulgent creme patissiere and sweetened cream filling between each layer. I am so impressed!
So there you have our 16 sensational ideas for sweet and savoury pancakes the whole family are sure to love. And now that Lent is nearly over, there really is no reason to wait til next Shrove Tuesday to start working your way through the list!
Thanks to all the bloggers who shared their perfect pancake recipes. I’ll be announcing the theme for April’s Family Foodies challenge very soon – watch this space!