10 weirdly wonderful pancake toppings
When we think of Pancake Day toppings, we immediately think of the classics; sugar and lemon, chocolate spread, or savory cheese and ham. But what about trying something new?
We thought it was about time to get a little more creative in the kitchen with some deliciously different toppings and recipes – even better – it will definitely keep the kids entertained.
1. Chocolate chilli pancakes
Chocolate and chilli is one of those combinations that shouldn't work, but somehow does. Add cocoa power and chopped chilli to the batter, then drizzle with a little melted chocolate. You can also use chilli powder if you have any to hand.
2. Chicken satay
Add an Asian twist to your Shrove Tuesday by topping pancakes with creamy satay sauce and tender chicken pieces.
3. Jaffa Cake pancakes
Make thicker, American-style pancakes by adding baking powder and buttermilk to your base, then spoon on lashings of marmalade and melted dark chocolate when cooked.
4. Pretend pizza pancakes
This is a brilliant recipe for the kids to have fun with. Use jam and marshmallows as substitutes for tomato and ham, then finish with a sprinkle of desiccated coconut. Why not try adding a Hawaiian twist with slices of pineapple.
5. Peanut butter and jam
Combining crunchy and smooth, this taste and texture combination could just be your new favourite. Simply spread this stateside classic on your pancakes, fold, and tuck in.
6. Millionaire shortbread
Simple, but indulgently delicious. Crumble up shortbread and dollop generous amounts of tinned caramel on your pancake. To finish, drizzle on warm melted chocolate.
7. Lemon meringue
Whip double cream into soft peaks, then gently fold in two crumbled meringue nests. For the sharp lemony kick, mix in 3 tablespoons of lemon curd, and then finish with a dusting of icing sugar.
8. Strawberries, balsamic vinegar and cream pancakes
It may seem odd but adding a splash of balsamic vinegar to strawberries is a great way to bring out their flavour and colour. Layer them on to your pancake with a good dollop of cream.
9. Veggie pancakes
Fry onion, cauliflower florets, chickpea and spinach in a little olive oil until they turn soft and golden. Then cram your veg into pancakes with natural yoghurt, just like fajitas.
Famously loved by northern England, gravy is a great simple addition to savoury pancakes. Go one step further by adding chopped onions and sausages, after all, it's the same batter as Yorkshire puddings!
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Your toppings need a tasty base, so why not discover how to make the perfect pancake in our article.