Top 10 pancake fillings - sweet and savoury

We know you'll be piling 'em high on Shrove Tuesday, but on which side of the filling fence do you fall? Maybe you satisfy your sweet tooth with simple sugar and lemon or perhaps buck the trend and go for often overlooked savoury favourites like classic cheese and ham?


However you pack your pancakes, our top 10 ideas will help you get creative in the kitchen this year, and maybe even inspire you to shun ever popular sweet for supper worthy savoury...

Choc chip, peanut butter and banana pancake1. Chocolate, peanut butter & banana

Perfect with a thinner base, this super sweet filling will pack out your pancakes, making them cost effective and great for sharing.

Try our choc chip, peanut butter & banana pancake recipe



Squash, goat's cheese and rosemary pancakes2. Squash, goat's cheese & rosemary

Proving your topping doesn't have to on top, these sophisticated fritters make a great brunch or even starter if you're celebrating in the evening.

Try our Squash, goat's cheese & rosemary pancake recipe

Souffle pancake Arnold Bennet
3. Arnold Bennett

Give the classic omelette a modern makeover with Gordon Ramsay's posh pancake recipe, which keeps the traditional haddock centre but transforms it into a stylish soufflé.

Try our Soufflé pancakes Arnold Bennett recipe



Crepe Suzette4. Crêpe Suzette

Keep things light with a low-fat favourite - this simple zesty classic is a quick way to please everyone. You could also add your own tropical twist by using sliced mango, tropical juice and fat-free Greek natural yogurt instead of traditional orange - or maybe treat yourself to a boozy brunch version with a splash of Cointreau!

Try our Crêpe Suzette recipe

Vegan tomato and mushroom pancake5. Vegan tomato & mushroom pancake

This vegan or veggie recipe makes for a satisfying brunch or starter. Or top with sliced banana, pecans and vegan ice cream for a dairy-free dessert.

Try our Vegan tomato & mushroom pancake



American blueberry pancakes6. American blueberry

The nation speaks - our most popular pancake recipe on the site is always a popular choice for Pancake Day. Thicken them up with baking powder and self-raising flour and get liberal with the syrup. There's no need to stick to blueberries either - grab yourself a selection of your family's favourite fruits and let everyone help themselves.

Try our American blueberry pancake recipe


Bacon and egg potato pancake7. Breakfast bacon and egg

Thin and limp not your thing? Throw mashed potato into the mix for chunky pancakes - you'll still get all the fun of the traditional prep but they'll be much nicer with a breakfast topping of bacon and egg.

Try our Potato pancakes recipe


Buttermilk pancakes with sticky bananas and Brazil nuts8. Buttermilk pancakes

Fast becoming a firm favourite of those who take their pancakes seriously - buttermilk is the secret ingredient in James Martin's indulgent delights, which are more than worthy of their five stars.

Try our Buttermilk pancakes with sticky bananas and brazil nuts

Vegetable fajitas9. Vegetable

Make a meal of your crêpes by setting out bowls of your favourite veggies, herbs and spices and getting everyone to wrap and roll - our spicy vegetable fajita recipe should give you some ideas to get you started...

Try our spicy vegetable fajitas recipe


Rhubarb compote with vanilla crème fraîche & pancakes
10. Rhubarb compote with vanilla crème fraîche & pancakes

Served as a dessert, this recipe is sure to wow your pancake party guests.

Try our Rhubarb compote with vanilla crème fraîche & pancakes

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13th Jul, 2015
Such very delicious food! I want to taste one at least one.
4th Mar, 2014
These are all brilliant ideas. Well Done!
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