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Sweet Pancake Fillings

Sweet pancakes are one of the easiest desserts to make. Use different fillings to impress family and friends with your cooking skills. Bring the dish alive by serving hot with ice-cream, crème fraiche, thick Greek yoghurt or double cream and for that extra ‘yummy’ factor sprinkle with honey, syrup, mixed nuts, mixed spice, cinnamon or chocolate chips.

Use a basic pancake batter recipe using 110g all purpose flour; pinch of salt; 2 eggs; 200ml fresh milk. Prepare a non-stick frying or griddle pan by greasing with melted butter or vegetable oil. This should make 8 pancakes. This may vary depending on size of pancake.

Classic lemon pancakes with a difference

Add the zest of a lemon to the batter mixture before cooking. Sprinkle the lemon juice and a little sugar over the cooked pancake then fold in half, sprinkle with lemon juice and sugar over the half pancake and fold again. Sprinkle with the lemon juice and sugar a final time and serve with lemon wedges and a sprig of fresh mint to the side.

Banana pancakes with maple syrup

Pour 2 tablespoons of pancake batter into the hot frying pan, add 3 or 4 slices of banana to each and cook for 2-3 minutes. Flip over when the mixture begins to bubble between the slices and cook for a further minute. Serve by drizzling warmed maple syrup over them and for an extra treat, add either vanilla or pistachio ice-cream.

Pancake stacks with apple, walnut and maple syrup

Take 3 eating apples and peel and core them; cut into quarters and quarter each quarter to produce 16 slices. Heat 25g butter in a frying pan and cook apples until golden brown yet firm.  Stir in 85gms walnuts, chop or halve them and 17ml maple syrup and gently heat for 2 minutes. Cook pancake batter as normal by spooning 3-4 tablespoons of pancake batter into a hot frying pan. When the mixture starts to bubble, flip over for a further minute. To serve place one cooked pancake on a plate, add mixture then top with another pancake, add another layer of apple mixture and top with another pancake. Then repeat process making 3 or 4 pancake ‘stacks’. Serve with double cream or thick Greek yoghurt.

Apple and Calvados filling

As above but replace walnuts and maple syrup with 3 tablespoons calvados. Spoon the mixture onto one half of the pancake then fold over. Serve with vanilla ice-cream.

Honey, nuts, apple and cinnamon filling

Peel, core and then dice apples and cook as above apple filling recipes. When golden brown add 3 tablespoons mixed nuts, 3 tablespoons pouring honey and 1 teaspoon cinnamon with the apples. To serve, place one pancake on a plate and cover half of it with the mixture, fold over the other half of the pancake, drizzle a little more honey over the pancake and serve with thick Greek yoghurt.

Fresh Strawberry pancakes

Hull and wash strawberries and sprinkle lightly with sugar. Spread the fruit over half the pancake and then fold over. Serve with extra strawberries and fresh double cream.

Berry pancakes

Berry pancakes can be made at any time of the year either by using frozen, canned or fresh fruit. Defrost frozen berries, drain canned berries and wash fresh berries and sprinkle with a small amount of castor sugar. Use any sort of red or black berry fruits or for extra taste use a selection and spread on one half of the cooked pancake, fold over the other half, add a few berries to the side and serve with fresh cream, crème fraiche, yoghurt or ice-cream.

Peach and Grand Marnier pancakes

Fresh or drained, canned peaches can be used. Slice the peaches and add 2 tablespoons of Grand Marnier liqueur to the peaches. Spoon onto half of the pancake and fold over the other half of the pancake or alternatively layer the pancakes and peaches to make a stack. Serve with double cream, crème fraiche, yoghurt or ice-cream.

Hazelnut praline and ice-cream pancakes

Spread the pancake with the hazelnut praline (Nutella or similar), roll the pancake up and again serve with ice-cream, double cream, crème fraiche or thick Greek yoghurt. This is a firm favorite with children.

Black cherry pancakes with ice-cream

Drain a can of black cherries and gently warm them through. Spread on half of the pancake and fold over. Serve with vanilla ice-cream.

Create your own sweet pancake fillings by encouraging the family to make up their own favorite fillings for your next pancake day.