Pancake Day – Easy Recipe and Topping Ideas

Pancake Day - Easy Recipe and Topping Ideas

Want a quick and easy pancake recipe?  I have just the thing.  I am giving you the recipe I use every year to make my pancakes, along with a list of my favourite SWEET and SAVOURY toppings and information on what you can do with LEFTOVER pancakes.

Pancake Day – Easy Recipe and Topping Ideas

Today is Pancake Day or Shrove Tuesday but Pancake Day sounds so much more exciting, at least it does if you love pancakes and I do!  At home we make our own pancake batter – it is so easy to make there is no need to buy anything special, after all the batter is basically just flour, eggs and milk.  The recipe I am sharing with you below is one I have used since first ‘helping’ my Mum cook pancakes.

Travel Adventures with Pancakes

Pancakes have also centred around some of our travel adventures.  We had the most amazing pancakes in Amsterdam at a place called The Pancake Factory and there were sooo many different flavours.

We also went on a fantastic river cruise on The Pancake Boat in Rotterdam – a cruise down the river with all you can eat pancakes and as many toppings as you wanted thrown in – what could be better – the kids still talk about that experience.

Fun for Families

To me, Pancakes are a real family occasion.  They bring us together for a fun eating experience where anything goes.

We like to set up a pancake topping station.  I make the batter and pop it in the fridge whilst we get the toppings set up.  We place all the toppings on the table and as soon as we are ready I start making the pancakes.  As each pancake is ready it is passed to the recipient and they can then top it with whatever takes their fancy and there are no rules.  Where my husband and I stick to the more traditional combinations, the kids love mixing and matching and have been known to have a little bit of everything on one pancake.

Sweet Pancake Toppings

We always have sweet toppings on our pancakes for Pancake Day and these are our favourites.
Pancake Day - Easy Recipe and Topping Ideas

Lemon juice and a sprinkle of sugar

Squeeze a fresh lemon or use Jif lemon juice and add a sprinkle of sugar to taste

Maple Syrup

Real maple syrup is expensive, we usually buy the cheaper version and it is still nice.

Melted Chocolate

Break up a bar of chocolate and melt in the microwave in 15 second bursts, stirring well in between. We like to have dark and white chocolate.

Chocolate spread

For a quicker version you can use chocolate spread.

Jam or lemon curd

The kids love a pancake simply with a spoonful of jam smeared over it.


For a healthier version I love to put thinly sliced bananas on my pancakes with a tiny bit of maple syrup.


You can, of course, use any fruit of your choice and even combine it with any of these sweet topping suggestions.

Ice cream

I am not an ice cream fan (it’s too cold, ha ha) but I am definitely in the minority in this house, so ice cream is usually part of the pancake station.

Squirty Cream

What more can I say, nice combined with any of the above toppings but not bad on its own either.


You can’t have pancakes without sprinkles.

Savoury Toppings

Not everyone is going to be a fan of sweet toppings, so here are my favourite savoury toppings.

Pancake Day - Easy Recipe and Topping Ideas - Savoury


On The Pancake Boat, in Rotterdam, they fried the bacon and then poured the pancake batter around the almost cooked, crispy bacon.  This led to a most delicious pancake.

Cheeses – Cheddar, Brie or Camembert

Absolutely any cheese goes with pancakes as far as I’m concerned.  My favourite is camembert and cranberry sauce.

Ham with or without cheese

A classic – ham and cheese – but ham, especially if it is smoked ham, is also nice on its own.

Chilli con Carne

A spoon of Chilli con Carne in the centre topped with a dollop of sour cream and then rolled up – gorgeous.


This one has to be my favourite.  I like to put a spoonful of Bolognese in the centre, fold in the sides to the centre and roll up.  Then place these in a dish suitable for the oven, top with some homemade cheese sauce and a sprinkle of cheese on top.  Bake until hot.


Should you have any leftover pancakes – you can freeze them! Just place non-stick baking paper in between each layer and place in a freezer bag.  They can then be easily reheated individually in a microwave or warm pan.

My Pancake Recipe – makes plenty of pancakes for a family of four

200g Plain flour

Pinch of salt

2 eggs

500ml milk

Tip 1* 

This makes quite a lot of batter, so you may want to just do half the amount.

Tip 2*

I also like to mix this directly into a jug (to save on washing up) and mix it with either a whisk or a hand blender with a whisk attachment.

Place the flour and the salt in the bottom of a large jug or bowl.  Give it a quick stir to disperse the salt.

Crack two eggs into the flour along with a little of the milk and begin to mix it.  Continue to add in the milk a little at a time until it is all mixed to a smooth batter.

Heat some oil in a frying pan and then add a ladle of pancake batter at a time.  Swirl the mixture around the pan and allow to cook on one side.  Once the pancake has browned slightly, is loose and can slide around the pan, you can attempt to flip it or turn it with a spatula.  Continue to cook until it starts to brown slightly or is cooked to your taste.  My husband likes his pancakes almost crispy – ugh!

Now you have the recipe, I have given you a list of my favourite toppings and you have a plan for how to deal with any leftover pancakes.  All that is left for you to do is enjoy your pancakes!

I would love to know what your favourite toppings are – let me know in the comments below.

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Pancake Day - Easy Recipe and Topping Ideas