Pancakes and not quite 101 ideas, sweet and savoury to fill them
It’s Shrove Tuesday next week, the traditional day to use up everything that’s left before the arrival of Lent. Pancakes are one of those lovely things that can be paired with all manner of other things to make something delicious.
If you have the minimum of resources, you can make pancakes successfully with just flour and water. Lots of ideas for fillings in the pancake day recipe from last year. They need to be eaten straight away as they go a bit soggy if they are left to be reheated, but eaten fresh, I couldn’t tell the difference. Make your pancakes the usual way with eggs, flour and milk, and they will freeze beautifully, or keep in the fridge for a few days.
Here are a few more ideas for fillings, savoury and sweet. They are just a few from a cutting of 101 ideas that I’ve had for years and years.
They use 125g flour, 1 egg, 300ml milk and water mixed to make 8 pancakes. The calorie counts come from the magazine and I thought they might be useful, I haven’t checked them.
1. Sweetcorn and pepper.
Mix a tin of drained sweetcorn with 2 diced peppers and 150g natural yogurt. Season to taste and add 2 tblsp peanuts if liked. 145 calories a pancake.
2. Curried cauliflower and almond .
Dress florets of a cooked cauliflower with 2 tblsp lemon juice and a pinch of curry powder. Swirl with 150g natural yogurt or single cream and mix in 50g flaked almonds, toasted if you can. Season well. 150 calories
3. Sweet and sour vegetables.
Stir fry 500g of crisp veg such as celery, cauliflower, bean shoots and red peppers. Add 2 tblsp wine vinegar to the pan, a tsp of sugar or honey, 2 tblsp soy sauce, a handful of sultanas and 50g toasted cashew nuts. 150 calories
4. Artichoke hearts, lettuce and mushroom.
Mix a drained 425g artichoke hearts with shredded crisp lettuce and 125g sauted button mushrooms. Moisten with 3tblsp cream and flavour with lemon juice and chopped parsley. Serve pancakes with 150ml hollandaise. 180 calories
5. Creamy roots.
Peel and slice 500g root veg, carrots, parsnips etc. Cook in a splash of water with 50g butter. Season well and flavour with mixed herbs. Stir in 2 tblsp cream or curd cheese. 145 calories
6. Brown onion.
Peel and slice 500g onions. Sauté in 25g butter and 1 tblsp oil until golden brown. Stir in 2tblsp dry sherry and cook until any liquid has evaporated. Make 300ml white sauce flavoured with nutmeg. Top the pancakes with a little sprinkle of grated cheese. The sherry sounds good so I have included it here, although it would be just as good without. 185 calories
7. Creamy leek and bacon.
Slice 500g leeks and cook briefly. Mix with cubes of cooked bacon and 300ml well seasoned white sauce. 215 calories
8. Sausage and apple.
Mix 8 grilled and chopped frankfurter sausages with chunks of 2 tart apples and 2 tblsp chopped spring onions. Moisten with soured cream and a little mustard. 190 calories
9. Chicken liver.
Stir fry 250g sliced chicken livers with 500g sliced onions. Add a can of tomatoes, a tsp of mixed herbs, season and serve with natural yogort.
10. Creamy corn and crab or tuna.
Mix a 200g can of creamed corn with a 200g can of drained crab or tuna. Add cream or yogurt to moisten and a dash of hot pepper sauce. 150 calories
11. Chicken and mushroom.
Lightly fry 125g chopped mushrooms with a small finely chopped onion and a grated carrot in 2 tblsp oil. Mix in 250g chopped cooked chicken. Season well, add 1 tblsp Worcestershire sauce. Make up a white sauce with 600ml milk, 49g each butter and flour, then mix 4 tblsp into the chicken. Fill pancakes and fold. Spoon rest of sauce on top, sprinkle with breadcrumbs and grill until golden brown. 280 calories
12. Smoked mackerel.
Flake 375g smoked mackerel and mix with 150g natural yogurt and a tsp of horseradish. 210 calories. Think I would prefer soft cheese with this, rather than yogurt
13. Sardine and tomato.
Drain a can of sardines and mash the flesh. Mix with 2 chopped tomatoes, 3 tblsp salad cream and 2 chopped hard boiled eggs. Reheat or serve cold. 160 calories. This is an old article and I would use mayo rather than salad cream. But then I don’t like salad cream. Plus, I always use sardines in tomato sauce, so wouldn’t necessarily have extra tomatoes.
14. Spinach and herby cheese.
Drain half a small tin of spinach, or use the equivalent of frozen. Make up to 300ml with milk then yes as the basic pancake batter. Serve hot spread with soft cheese mixed with a title garlic, or use Boursin. 160 calories
15. Turkey and cranberry.
Stir fry 375g diced turkey with a finely chopped onion. Add 2 tblsp cranberry sauce and seasoning. Serve with dollops soured cream. 130 calories
16. Red Pepper and Walnut
Use the topping of this tart inside your pancakes
17. Roasted Squash & Feta
18. Celery, Swede & Chickpea
Use this in your pancakes, perhaps topped with cheese
19. Chickpea, Mango & Coconut
This curry would be fab as a pancake filling
20. Tomato and Almond
This pate would work beautifully as a pancake stuffing
21. Beetroot Ragu
Any of the ragu used as an alternative lasagne layer would work just as well in a pancake
22. Carrot & Swede
I would mix some cheese in with the vegetable mash, or top the pancakes with grated cheese
23. Mushroom Ragu
Use just the ragu layer inside your pancake. Top with cheese if you like
24. Lentil Ragu
Use just the ragu layer inside your pancake. Top with cheese if you like
25. Lentil Pate
1. Cherry spice.
Drain the juice from 2 x 425g cans, or equivalent bottled cherries. Heat the juice with 1/2 tsp cinnamon and 1 tbslp brandy. Thicken with a little cornflour, then stir in the cherries and heat through. Serve with a little cream poured over. 135 calories. I think I would prefer this without the cinnamon, and of course, the brandy is optional.
2. Ginger and strawberry cream.
Whip 300ml double cream until soft peaks. Fold in 150g strawberry yogurt and 50g grated crystallised ginger. Sweeten to taste. 180 calories
3. Crepes georgette.
Stir a can of chopped and drained pineapple into 300ml sweetened vanilla flavoured whipped cream. Fill into pancakes, fold or roll up then flambé with 2-3 tblsp warm rum
4. Maple syrup.
Simply fold hot pancakes into quarters and trickle over maple syrup. Serve with whipped cream. 220 calories
5. Pancake eclairs.
Roll up pancakes with sweetened whipped cream and brandy inside. Stack and pour over a chocolate sauce made by melting a 100g bar over a pan of hot water and thinned down with a little liquer of any flavour, or a little milk. Milk, white and dark chocolate bars would all give their different flavours. 310 calories
6. Plum and marzipan.
Stone and quarter 8 fresh plums. Place on pancakes and grate over some marzipan. Fold up and re heat in a warm oven, covered, for a few minutes. Serve with cream and toasted almonds. 290 calories
7. Creamy dried fruit and hot lemon sauce.
Beat 250g curd cheese with some sultanas and chopped dates, to taste. Spread the filling over the pancakes. Dissolve 250g sugar in 300ml water and simmer for 10 minutes. Stir in the zest and juice of a lemon and thicken with a little cornflour. Spoon the sauce over the pancakes.
8. Caramel custard
Fill pancakes with 600ml cold, thick, custard and fold. Make caramel sauce by gently heating 75g soft brown sugar, 2 tblsp golden syrup, 25g butter and half a 170g evaporated milk. Do not boil. Pour over pancakes. 265 calories
9. Apple and blackberry
Cook 500g peeled and sliced apples with 250g blackberries. Sweeten to taste. Serve hot with custard or cream. 135 calories. Got any blackberries in the freezer?
10. Syrup and raisin
Gently heat 2 tblsp golden syrup with 165g raisins and the juice of half a lemon. Pour over pancakes. 269 calories. I would add the zest of the half lemon as well to this one
11. Chestnut cream
Whip 300ml double cream with 2 tblsp sugar until thickened. Beat half a 225g can of sweetened chestnut purée then fold into cream with 2 tblsp treated chocolate 290 calories
Fill each pancake with a tblsp of mincemeat, some nuts, if liked, and a little chopped apple. Fry pancake parcels gently in a large pan with a little butter. Serve hot with whipped cream or brandy butter 340 calories
13. Prune and walnut
Gently stew about 250g soaked dried pitted prunes. Purée with a little of the soaking liquor. Sweeten if liked. Mix with 125g chopped walnuts and spoon onto pancakes 215 calories
14. Cottage cheese and raisin
Mix together 250g cottage cheese with sugar to taste, an egg and 50g raisins. Spread over pancakes and sprinkle with cinnamon 145 calories
15. Mango and strawberry
Peel and slice a fresh mango. Mix with 250g chopped strawberries. Spread pancakes with cream or curd cheese. 245 calories
16. Kiwi and Strawberry.
As above, replacing the mango with 3 peeled and sliced kiwi fruits. In place of cheese, trickle over some fruit flavoured yogurt. 240 calories
17. Gooseberry and cream cheese.
Spread pancakes with 250g sweetened curd or cream cheese. Spoon some cooked and sweetened gooseberries into the centre of each. 150 calories. Lots of other fruit compotes can be used here of course
18. Apple and sultana
Cook together 500g apples, 25g each of butter and sugar to form a thick purée. Mix in 125g sultanas. Use to fill pancakes together with 300ml whipped cream, if liked, and serve with apricot jam. 210 calories
So, there we have it. Lots of ideas, and I hope, some inspiration.