Pancake Day 2023: super easy recipes and toppings

George Metcalf on 20 February 2023
A closeup of a large stack of crispy pancakes

Going to uni doesn’t mean you have to give up on traditions like Pancake Day.

Grab your housemates, get a bunch of the basic pancake ingredients and see what you could top them with from your cupboards. 

We’ll take you through the very basics in case you need it, as well as some ways you can use things you might already have in your kitchen.

How to make pancakes


  • 100g plain flour
  • 300ml milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • Butter/oil for frying


For ease of use, make the mixture in a jug. Combine the ingredients well. You’ll get the best results if you chill the mixture for 30 minutes before cooking. Heat the pan to medium heat. You can check if it's hot enough by putting a drop of batter in the pan, once it starts crackling and popping, you know it’s ready. 

Use a ladle to measure out each pancake. Wait for it to solidify before flipping - it’ll darken and take on a very slight translucent appearance. Once flipped, you can check the progress by lifting the side of the pancake up.

How to make vegan pancakes


  • 220g plain flour
  • 680ml almond/oat milk
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 5 tbsp neutral oil
  • Further oil for frying


The same as the non-vegan pancakes, but be sure to add the milk to the flour slowly.

What are easy pancake toppings?


This may seem like an obvious one, but if you gently heat it and mix it with some milk, you can make a moreish sauce. The same is also true for peanut butter and Biscoff spread.


You could totally just slice them up and put them on with the Nutella, but let’s get a bit fancy shall we. Put them in a small saucepan with a few tablespoons of sugar and cook them down for 10-15 mins to make a nice coulis/jam. Works best with berries, apples and stone fruits. Not so much with citrus or bananas.

Creamed/whipped honey

If time is no concern for your pancake day plans, get a whisk and beat the ever-living out of some honey. The flavour won’t change but it’ll take on a delightfully creamy and light texture.

Salted caramel

Again if time isn’t an issue for you, think about this delicious possibility. You may need to get some double cream for this but one ingredient extra isn’t a big deal. Heat up 200g of sugar until it melts. Then add 90g of unsalted butter. Once the butter has melted, slowly add 120ml room temperature double cream. Boil for 1 minute, then add 1 tsp salt and take off the heat.

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George  Metcalf
George Metcalf on 20 February 2023