It’s Pancake Day! Try our presenters’ favourite recipes…


It's time once again to whip out the frying pan, whisk up your batter mix and get flipping. And don't forget that all-important lemon and sugar.

But if you fancy trying something a little different on your pancakes, take a look at what our presenters like on theirs…

Alison Keenan

Alison Keenan"I have to admit I've never really got my head around the idea of a savoury pancake, or those rather strange half moon-shaped things that you put in the toaster and with some form of gooey cheese in them. But, all that aside, when it comes to pancakes I tend to stick to what I know. 

For me it has to be thin crispy home-made pancakes with fresh lemon juice (never mind the pips) and granulated sugar. I never roll them because they look smaller that way and take less time to eat. Maple syrup comes a close second, but never chocolate."

Dale Franklin

Dale Franklin We make simple pancakes with a traditional recipe like a Yorkshire pud mix. My daughter Ali loves Nutella and Jack loves honey or maple syrup. Here's a quick recipe for you to try…

0.5lb (220g) self raising flour
1 pint (500 ml) milk (semi/skimmed/full fat)
2 eggs
Pinch of salt
1.5oz (40g) lard or a healthier alternative
Lemon and sugar for sprinkling.

Simon Biagi

Simon Biagi "Being a diabetic I am a bit limited as to which pancake I can eat, but I do have a penchant for one with a little lemon juice and a tiny sprinkling of unrefined brown sugar. It gives it a lovely taste of somewhere more exotic than home.

My favourite of all time stems from a schoolboy trip to Paris when I tried Crêpe Suzette with marron glace, which is chestnuts candied in sugar and syrup. Haven’t had that in a long, long time but it is GORGEOUS!"

Dawn Bibby

Dawn Bibby "Pancakes are very popular in South Africa and on my recent trip I have become a little addicted to banana and caramel! I certainly know what we will be having in our house on Pancake Day. Why not try it yourself?

Prepare a chopped banana. After cooking your pancake place the banana on to one side of your pancake. Drizzle caramel sauce over the banana and roll the pancake. It's best served with vanilla ice cream. Yummy!

For a quick snack, I also love a plain pancake with cinnamon, sugar and a squeeze of lemon juice."

Anne Dawson

Ann Dawson "Pancake Tuesday conjures up great memories for me as a child. We didn't do the fancy crepe thing then, just good old fashioned thick scotch pancakes with loads of butter and syrup!

Nowadays, the Dawson household prefer the thinner version – warm, topped with blueberries, maple syrup and lots of whipped cream. Yum yum in my expanding tum tum!"

Anthony Heywood

Anthony Heywood "So here it is again, one of my favourite days of the year – Shrove Tuesday or as we more commonly know it, Pancake Day. I don't quite know why I find it so exciting, as since I've moved away from home there is no reason why I can't have pancakes any day I choose. I love them but only seem to eat them on this one day, although I do occasionally have them if I go snowboarding, which alas this year I won't be doing.

Anthony's pancakes There seems to be a bit of debate as to which is a better filling – sweet or savoury? For me it's got to be sweet. I have a few favourite fillings but no.1 has got to be sliced banana, Nutella, a sprinkling of coconut and cream on top – I could eat about 20 of them. Let's not forget the other classics such as lemon and sugar and maple syrup. Do you have a fave flavour?"

Have a happy Pancake Day!

1 Comment

  1. ELSIE GERNER March 10, 2010 at 1:39 am -  Reply

    Blueberries in the batter are wonderful. Squishy feeling in the mouth when bitten into. Any berry would work, though.

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