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Stacks of soft, fluffy pancakes and golden filled crêpes are a favourite on menus throughout the year. Sweet or savoury, they can be loaded up with a wide range of tasty toppings which makes them a versatile base for chefs to create treats for all-day breakfast, brunch or decadent desserts.

As Shrove Tuesday is nearly upon us, now is the perfect time to home in on pancakes and whip up some creative concoctions to add to your menu – whether you’re a pub or café, a street food outlet or a cost sector kitchen.

Pancake prep

A classic American pancake batter is a low-cost combo of milk, flour and butter. Short on time? Instead of melting butter to add to the batter, use a butter alternative, such as Original Whirl, which can be poured straight into the mix. Check out our pancake recipe.

Fresh, homemade pancakes are quick and easy to make from scratch, but can be labour intensive at busy times. So, why not batch cook your pancakes in advance? Ready-made pancakes take minutes to defrost and warm up.

Pimp your pancake

Pancakes provide the perfect base to try out new flavours and recipes. Below are some ideas and inspiration for your menu.

Sumptuous soufflé

Bouncy, jiggly Japanese pancakes are an Instagram sensation. Their deep, soufflé-like texture makes them a filling menu addition. Go for a simple topping of Greek yoghurt, fresh berries, slices of banana and maple syrup.

Light lunch

Go Scandi and serve savoury crêpes filled with slices of gravadlax and cream cheese, sprinkled with dill. For a spicy kick, add a drizzle of sweet chilli sauce.

Tasty treat

Stack up layers of fluffy American-style pancakes, sandwiched with chocolate sauce and whipped cream. Top with lashings of salted caramel sauce, a scoop of vanilla ice cream and chocolate sprinkles for the ultimate dessert.

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