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How do you like your pancakes?

Happy pancake day! Will you be indulging this Shrove Tuesday? If so, how will you be having yours? Share your pancake tips and favourites with us.

It’s pancake day already! And yes, it has crepped up on us all.

Now I’ve got that out of the way early, I thought I’d take the opportunity to write my first Which? Conversation since joining the team last week!

We’ve discussed our perfect pancake preferences in the past – but have you picked up any new tips since then or tried anything new?

I was recently in Amsterdam for a weekend away, where pancake restaurants and cafés are scattered all over. In fact, that’s probably why it’s one of my favourite cities in the world.

We went to a place a friend recommended as the top pancake place in the city. Word must have got out about a while ago – we had to queue just to get in.

On the up side, that gave us plenty of time to discuss what kind of pancakes we’d be having.

Sweet or savoury?

For me, it doesn’t matter what time of day it is, I’ll almost always go for a sweet pancake.

Some savoury options do look delicious, but something always seems to pull me back to the sweetness of nutella, ice cream and chocolate sprinkles.

But that’s not for everyone – my friend ended up going for the savoury option, which included ham, cheese and mushrooms.

Which side of the debate do you fall on? If it’s savoury, would you consider as many toppings as smoked bacon, chicken, ham, red and yellow sweet peppers, mushrooms, sweetcorn and cheese!? Because that’s exactly what I’ve encountered in one of London’s resaurants. Is that a bit too much?

Sweet or Savoury pancakes?

Sweet (56%, 66 Votes)

Either / No Preference (26%, 31 Votes)

Savoury (15%, 18 Votes)

Neither (3%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 118

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To make things a bit more complex, you could even combine sweet with savoury. Bacon and maple syrup, anyone?

Crepe or American style?

I’m a big fan of both of these but, if I had to choose, I’d go for crepes as they do seem to be more readily available in the places I’ve visited.

I suppose it’s because they’re slightly quicker to make and eat which makes them more convenient for outdoor events. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the best crepe I’ve ever had was in a café in Paris.

Crepe or American style

Crepe (54%, 37 Votes)

American (25%, 17 Votes)

No preference (13%, 9 Votes)

Neither (7%, 5 Votes)

Total Voters: 68

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American style pancakes with bacon and maple syrup have been delicious when I’ve tried them, but I haven’t seen them on many menus lately. Have you?

And what about the vegan options? Will anyone be making batter from a plant-based milk this year?

Anyway, I’ll stop waffling on (got to close with one, too!) and hand it over to you:

How do you like your pancakes? Which toppings will you be going for today? Let me know!


I’ll be using buckwheat flour instead of wheat flour only for the second time. The first time was on 2nd Feb, Candlemas, also pancake day. They were savoury pancakes and they were nice with an egg, mushrooms and grated cheese as a filling. Tonight will be sweet pancakes, because I do prefer them generally. I’m thinking of sugar and lemon juice, and melted dark choc as fillings, classics.

I think pancakes are flipping amazing! Glad pancake day is only once a year though because otherwise things could get out of hand…

I used to love Golden Syrup as a filling but that’s off limits now . . . but we still have a tin in the cupboard so it might sneak back if and when the opportunity presents. I am advised that pancakes are not on the menu today I am afraid.

I stand by 2013-Me… savoury.

“Although I have a penchant for the sweet pancake – banana and jam is a childhood favourite – I love savoury pancakes too. Pancakes are basically plain wrappers in the same vein as pasta, tortillas and bread. I love making (and eating) pancake cannelloni, rolling spinach and ricotta in pancakes, grating parmesan on top and crisping the rolls up in the oven. Delish. I’ve even made a savoury pancake gateau, layering lots of fancy ingredients with pancakes, which can then be sliced like a cake. What’s not to like?”


Although I’m considerably more lazy on Pancake Day than 2013-Me.

Hi Patrick – I hope life is treating you well since you left us.

I’ve been out today so will have my pancakes on another day. Besides, it’s good to be a non-conformist.