What’s not to love about Pancake Day?
One day a year we get to eat as many pancakes as we possibly can. After all, it’s tradition. We need to use up all the perishables in the cupboards before lent, of course. And if we need to pick up a few (or all) ingredients from the shop, well that’s fine, it’s Pancake Day.
If you’re feeling a bit bored of the usual pancake toppings (and a little adventurous), we have a couple of quick recipes for you. Click the quick links to jump to that section or scroll down to follow the stacked evening from start to finish.
One of which is a Pancake Lasagne. Yes, you did read that right. A pancake Lasagne. And for dessert we have light and crispy Blueberry Maple pancakes.
Pancake Day doesn’t need to be one huge pancake eating competition, though. We think it’s the perfect day for some pancake inspired games and activities, too. (Perhaps before the eating begins).
Many of us have work and school the next day, so we don’t have hours of preparation time. So our quick recipes, toddler activities and games for grown-ups (which includes a pancake flipping competition unlike any other – so don’t miss that), create a fully stacked pancake evening.
Recipes for Success
For a fully stacked pancake evening, both dinner and dessert must feature pancakes. If you don’t fancy an all-you-can-eat pancake event (where you’re glad not to see another pancake until next year), try these two quick recipes. Pancake Lasagne and Crispy Thin Blueberry Maple Pancakes.
Pancake Lasagne Recipe
Our Pancake Lasagne is inspired by the 5⭐ BBC Good Food Classic Lasagne. Where do the pancakes go, we hear you say? Well, this tried and tested family recipe has pancake layers instead of pasta. You’re going to be more than pleasantly surprised.
Prep the meat sauce and béchamel sauce ahead of time and freeze. (Reduces prep time to 10 mins.) 👍
1 hr 30 mins
What You Need
2 tbsp olive oil, plus a little for the dish
750g lean beef mince
200ml beef stock
half quantity of BBC White Sauce or 520g ready-made sauce
125g mozzarella ball (into thin strips)
2 large free-range eggs
200g plain flour
pinch of salt and pepper
ahead of time: make the sauces
- Heat 2 tbsp olive oil in a frying pan and cook the beef for about 10 mins until browned.
- Finely chop 4 slices of prosciutto and stir through the mixture.
- Pour over the passata and 200ml hot beef stock. Season with a little grated nutmeg, salt and pepper to taste.
- Bring to the boil and then simmer for 30 mins.
- Let the sauce cool and then freeze.
- Make your white sauce and freeze (if you’d like a homemade sauce).
- Give the sauces chance to defrost thoroughly on pancake day.
On the day: Make the pancakes
- Add the flour to a large mixing bowl. Pour in the milk and eggs. Give the mixture a whisk. Then add the flour slowly while whisking until the batter is smooth.
- Oil the inside of your frying pan. Heat the pan over a medium heat for about one min.
- Add a third of the batter to the pan and swirl it round the pan to get an even layer. Cook each side for about 40 seconds or until lightly brown. Use a spatula to turn (or flip it if you’re feeling adventurous!).
- Repeat step 3 to make three pancakes in total.
layer it up & bake
- Heat oven to 180C/fan/160C/gas 4 and lightly oil a large ovenproof dish.
- Spoon one third of the meat sauce into the dish, then cover with a pancake. Drizzle one third of the white sauce on top. Repeat until you have three layers of each. Make sure the remaining white sauce fully covers the top pancake.
- Top evenly with the mozzarella strips and remaining prosciutto.
- Bake for 45 mins until the top is bubbling and lightly browned.
Crispy Thin Blueberry Maple Pancakes
The evening wouldn’t be complete without something sweet. These light and crispy pancakes make the perfect dessert to enjoy after a big Pancake Lasagne.
View the recipe here: Crispy Thin Blueberry Maple Pancakes
Pancake Night: The Entertainment
As much as we love filling up on pancakes on this fabulously foody day, it’s not all about the food. For a fully stacked pancake evening be sure to try our games and activities.
Teen’s and Grown-Up’s Activities
Pancake Evening: When will we see you again?
After a stacked pancake evening filled with family activities and a delicious meal, you’ll be looking forward to next year.
Beats an all-you-can-eat pancake fest with the same old toppings, right?