The best tools for Pancake Day 2018

Need a new whisk, palette knife or frying pan? We’ve chosen the best tools for turning out perfect pancakes this Pancake Day. Say goodbye to cruddy crêpes!

The key to successfully making pancakes or crêpes begins with the right kit. Using our product review along with our step-by-step cooking guide for making the ultimate batch, you can whip up a tower of them in less time with no fuss.
 

Whisk

Whisk reviewKitchen Craft silicone-coated Magic Whisk

One thing guaranteed to ruin any pancake is a lumpy batter. Ensure your mix is velvety smooth with a reliable whisk. Just add the requisite elbow grease and you're away. This quick-to-clean and heatproof, silicone-coated whisk is perfect for making lump-free pancake batter. Available from Nisbets (£4.90).

Read our review of the best whisks.
 

Digital scales 

Zing scales on white backgroundZing kitchen scales

Having the wrong quantities of ingredients can lead to some fairly dodgy pancake results. Ensure precision with a set of modern digital weighing scales. These attractive scales from Zing are slimline and easy to store, plus they weigh up to 5kg (for anyone making a big batch). They’re a safe option for students or those pressed for space too. Available from Harbour Living (£8.99).

Read our review of the best digital scales
 

Mixing bowl set

Green stacked mixing bowls on white background

Joseph Joseph Nest 9 Plus

An essential all-year round, this impressive set of mixing bowls will come in handy for various bakes. The large mixing bowl is 4.5 litres, a good size for mixing together large quanties of pancake batter, then there’s a little bowl for your pancake topping. Neatly stacked inside, the sieve will also come in handy for making sure there are no lumps or bumps in your flour. Plastic is probably the best choice if you’re not a fan of kitchen clatter, and the whole set together, with cups and tablespoon measure, is ultra lightweight. Available from Joseph Joseph (£46)

 

Non-stick pan

Pancake panJohn Lewis everyday healthy non-stick frying pan

A good non-stick pan will save you the heartache of scraping ruined crêpes off a non-stick bottom. The shape of this particular pan will ensure quick heat distribution for a perfectly golden-brown pancake. Better start practicing your flipping skills now!  Available from John Lewis (£18)


Heart mould

Heart mouldsNorpro heart pancake/egg rings

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 use them again on Valentine's Day.  Available from Amazon (£5.99).
 

Palette knife

Palette knifeVictorinox rosewood palette knife

Whether you're a pancake expert or tentative beginner, a palette knife is ideal for achieving the perfect flip. Delicate crêpes tear easily, so this ultra-thin Victorinox palette knife with a snazzy rosewood handle is your perfect pancake partner. Available from Victorinox (£29).


Lemon juicer

JuicerJoie lemon juicer and mister

When it comes to pancake fillings, the classic lemon juice and sugar combo is always on the list of favourites – but you don't want pips in your teeth! To guard against that, you could try this lemon juicer that's simple to use and will bring a splash of colour to your utensils cupboard. It also comes with a mister nozzle to create a light spray of citrussy flavour. Available from The Gift Oasis (£6.99).

For more product picks, visit our reviews section and don't forget to check out our pancake recipes

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This review was last updated in January 2018. If you have any questions, suggestions for future reviews or spot anything that has changed in price or availability please get in touch at goodfoodwebsite@bbc.com. 
 

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