Whether you're preparing for Shrove Tuesday or simply craving crêpes, we’ve devised the ultimate list of everything you need for making pancakes.
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Say goodbye to catastrophic crêpes and hello to perfect pancakes. We’ve discovered the top tools for pancake day (and beyond!), including the best crêpe pan, hand whisk, mixing bowls, lemon squeezer and spatula, to ensure your Shrove Tuesday is flippin’ fantastic!
1. Non-stick pan
John Lewis non-stick pancake pan
A good non-stick pan will save you the heartache of scraping ruined crêpes off a non-stick bottom. The winning pancake pan in our review, this sleek, sturdy pan is not only an ideal weight for pancake flipping, it's also the right shape and thickness for good heat distribution, is super non-stick and suitable for all hob types.
OXO Good Grips balloon whisk
One thing guaranteed to ruin any pancake is lumpy batter. Ensure your mix is velvety smooth with a reliable whisk. We’ve tried plenty of manual whisks but this is our favourite – the shaped silicone handle is extremely comfortable to hold, the whisk head is sturdy and it’s good value.
3. Weighing scales
Zing kitchen scales
Using the wrong ingredient quantities can lead to less than perfect pancake results. Ensure precision with a set of modern digital weighing scales. These attractive scales from Zing are slimline, easy to store and have a capacity of up to 5kg (great for anyone making a big batch). They’re a safe option for students or those pressed for space.
4. Mixing bowl
Joseph Joseph Nest 9 Plus nesting bowl set
A year-round kitchen essential, this impressive set of mixing bowls will come in handy for all kinds of bakes. The large mixing bowl has a capacity of 4.5 litres (ideal for mixing large quantities of pancake batter) and the smaller mixing bowl is ideal for pancake toppings. Neatly stacked inside are a sieve (handy for ensuring there are no lumps in your flour), measuring cups and a strainer. The whole set is ultra-lightweight and great for storage.
Victorinox rosewood spatula
Whether you're a pancake expert or a tentative beginner, a palette knife or spatula is ideal for achieving the perfect flip. Delicate crêpes tear easily, so this ultra-thin Victorinox spatula with a snazzy rosewood handle is your perfect pancake partner.
6. Lemon squeezer
Waitrose Home lemon squeezer
We’re yet to find an easier way to juice lemons than one of these ‘Mexican elbow’-style squeezers. Just cut your lemon or lime in half, put it in cut side down, and squeeze! Minimum effort is required – the pips are caught inside and the juice comes out. Perfect for lemon & sugar lovers.
7. Squeezy bottles
Clear squeezy sauce bottles
So you've mastered basic pancakes, how about trying your hand at some pancake art? Use one of these squeezy bottles to create shapes with your batter in the pan – check out our guide for tips and tricks, as well as ideas for shapes and patterns. If the nozzle feels too small, just cut with scissors.
8. Pancake moulds
Norpro heart moulds
Everybody knows that one of the best ways to show your love is through cooking – and with this bit of kit, there'll be no mistaking your feelings. Get creative with pancake moulds and build your own heart-shaped stack. The best part? You can also use them on Valentine's Day – you can make heart-shaped fried eggs with them too!
9. Fancy plates
‘Are we having pancakes?’ side plate
Could there be a more ideal plate for Shrove Tuesday?! This hand-drawn, pancake-loving badger design plate is the right size for pancakes at 23cm.
10. Sugar pot
Sugar bowl with bamboo spoon & lid
Are you a classic lemon & sugar lover? Keep and serve sugar in this cute little (350ml) pot, complete with bamboo spoon for easy sprinkling.
Pancake recipes and tips
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