Anything you fancy – Pancakes

This week is Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of lights. We eat fried foods in memory of the oil (candle oil)  that lasted 8 days. Traditionally these fried foods included potato latkes (pancakes/rosti) and doughnuts. I decided to mix it up this year making not potato pancakes, but both savoury and sweet pancakes. I know – rebellious!
These are the simplest easiest pancakes!

Basic pancake recipe
1 cup self raising flour
1 cup milk
1 egg
pinch of salt

That’s it! whisk it all together and you have your pancake mix. Easy as. Now add any flavour you like. For my savoury pancakes I added wilted spinach, spring greens and spring onion. Add to a hot oiled pan and fry on either side for a couple of minutes or until golden.
You will be surprised at how many pancakes this mix makes!

A few savoury ideas:

  • Potato
  • Spinach
  • Corn
  • Tuna
  • Onion
  • Mushroom
  • Leek
  • Parsnip
  • Honey and mustard
  • Chives or other herbs
  • A base topped with cream cheese and smoked salmon

I also made some sweet pancakes. Use the same recipe as above including the pinch of salt and add a few tablespoons of sugar. I added grated apple and pear.

Please note, once I had added my grated fruit the mix was a bit wet from the water content in the fruit. If yours looks the same add a few more tablespoons of flour. Had I only added one fruit it probably would have been fine.

A few sweet ideas:

  • Apple
  • Pear
  • Cinnamon
  • Blueberries
  • Lemon juice
  • Maple syrup or honey
  • Bananas
  • Orange or lemon zest

These pancakes are great for a breakfast, brunch, a snack, glammed up as dessert or as part of a meal. They are also a basic Yorkshire pudding recipe.
As it is the season I’m sure you could use some Christmas leftovers the next day and turn it into something new. A Christmas pancake?

Enjoy :)

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55 thoughts on “Anything you fancy – Pancakes

  1. I just woke up and read this…think I will be making these for breakfast! My day is full of chores so an easy recipe like this is a nice welcome! I am starving now …. They look so yummy and crispy!

  2. We use the same recipe for our pancakes, but cook them plain then add the fillings on top, or fold them in the middle.
    Nutella and banana is my favourite, or cheese and mushroom for savoury :)

  3. I made something like this before, except I used rice flour which worked out really well – tasted like green onion cakes. I like your suggestion to use mushrooms! What type of cheese do you think could work? I’ve made pancakes with ricotta before, but do you think a cheddar would work? or would it be too melty?

    • Good question, cheddar might be too melty, maybe a bit of emmental as it doesn’t melt as quickly but it doesn’t have that lovely flavour? You could top them with a bit of pecorino or parmasan when they are out the pan but still warm? Let me know what you do any how it turns out! :)

  4. These look great! I was thinking the spinach pancakes looked great until I saw your sugar sprinkled sweet ones! Now I am going back and forth between both getting hungrier and hungrier!

  5. It’s just past 6am and I am now totally NOT satisfied with the apple I have for breakfast. Curse you, tasty pancakes!

    No, but seriously — these look awesome! Thanks for posting such a versatile recipe. :)

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  7. We used to eat those vegetable pancakes all the time in Korea. They’re awesome. It’s interesting how different cultures can have very similar recipes, but different takes on them.

  8. Happy Hannukah! And thanks for the inspiration – I make pancakes with the same mix of ingredients as you but rarely think to “fill” them! Think we may have some for supper tonight!

  9. This year I borrowed an idea from Ottolenghi and made leeks and goat cheese latkes…I was getting so bored of the same ones, fried in fat….yours look delicious! Will bookmark them for next year

  10. We have “breakfast for dinner” every Wednesday & it’s usually the standard pancakes or waffles. I am SO excited to try your basic recipe with the sweet varieties you mention – great idea! I can’t wait to see the reaction :)

  11. Great way to break it down–and a fantastic idea for using up leftovers! Whenever I buy too many leeks, this is what I do with them (using the Ottolenghi Plenty recipe).

  12. Yum! This recipe looks delicious and super easy to follow. I’m putting it on my list of tasty bites for the coming weeks. I noticed that you use self-rising flour. If I want to go with all-purpose (i have plenty in my pantry at the moment), how much baking powder/baking soda would I need to add? Thanks!

  13. this is a sweet break from the kind of pancakes i am used to! will surely try them.
    thanks for the like on my post!!

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