Pancake Day marks an annual highlight on the foodie calendar and this year in particular, we feel it is only right for everyone to treat themselves with something special. What better excuse to break out of lockdown boredom than rustling up a stack of fluffy pancakes coated in gooey Nutella sauce or stuffed with salted caramel? Our boozy twist on tiramisu or tangy crêpes suzette are also great options for a grown-up dessert. Whatever the time of day, or indeed the day of the year, these six indulgent pancake recipes are an excellent way to treat yourself.
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When we think of indulgence, chocolate usually springs to mind. With these light and fluffy pancakes, the batter is flavoured with Nutella and cocoa powder, but they’re also drizzled in an irresistibly smooth and creamy hot chocolate sauce. If this double dip of pleasure isn’t enough, we also recommend adding a splash of booze to the sauce for extra kick! The nutty flavour of Frangelico or Nocino liqueurs work well. For step-by-step instructions on how to make this chocolatey tower of temptation, follow our easy video guide.
Also check out our other Nutella recipes for plenty more chocolatey bakes and desserts.
Another seriously satisfying combo, salt and caramel, makes a mouth-watering filling for these simple American-style pancakes. Although stuffing them may seem like a messy feat to pull off, it’s actually pretty straightforward. The trick is to make a thick pancake first, then drop a blob of caramel into the middle, then spoon over a little batter to cover that. Just be patient before flipping over. Serve with fresh raspberries and Greek yogurt for a satisfying treat the whole family will love.
Feast your eyes on more gooey delights with our collection of salted caramel recipes.
Lovers of the classic coffee-infused Italian dessert can now also delight in our perfect pancake rendition. This brilliantly boozy stack features fluffy coffee pancakes layered with creamy kahlua-spiked mascarpone, all covered in a sticky mocha syrup. Top with chocolate covered coffee beans for a super-sophisticated brunch or dessert to serve four.
Find more indulgent puds in our selection of tiramisu recipes.
Can’t get enough of this silky biscuit spread? We love swirling it through pancake batter, as well as generously dousing it on top. The deep, caramelised flavour of Biscoff pairs beautifully with sliced bananas and crunchy toasted pecans, elevating these pancakes to the dreamiest dessert levels.
Find more delicious ideas for using this biscuit spread with our Biscoff recipes.
Nutty, creamy and a little salty – who can resist the lure of the peanut butter pot? Among its many uses in sweet and savoury dishes, this versatile spread also makes the dreamiest of pancake toppings. Combine smooth peanut butter with a little honey and drizzle over a stack of buttermilk pancakes. In the name of all-out indulgence, we’ve also incorporated peanut butter in the batter. A topping of fresh summer fruits provides the crowning glory for this showstopping stack. It’s sure to be a popular one with kids and adults alike.
Discover more ways to use this spread in our collection of peanut butter recipes, from blondie fillings to creamy curries.
As much as we love fully-loaded American pancakes, sometimes you just can’t beat a classic crêpe. And when it comes to simple indulgences, this elegant French-style dessert demonstrates that less really can be more. Drenched in a boozy orange sauce, paper-thin pancake layers are a perfect texture for soaking up all the delicious juices. Serve with a dollop of good quality vanilla ice cream and you have yourself a plate of silky, citrussy bliss.
Check out more of our sweet and savoury crêpe recipes.