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Batter up: simple pancake toppings from the UK’s best chefs

Batter up: simple pancake toppings from the UK’s best chefs

by Great British Chefs 24 February 2017

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Pancake Day has to be one of the most fun food-related events of the year – after all, when else do you get to throw what you’re cooking into the air? But with so much focus on the pancake itself (check out our guide if you’ve yet to master them) it can be easy to forget just how versatile they are when it comes to toppings. You might be a staunch traditionalists and see anything other than lemon and sugar as heathen, or maybe you prefer to get experimental, throwing something together from your kitchen cupboard to create something unique.

Taking inspiration from the professionals always guarantees good results, so we asked some of the best chefs in Britain to share their favourite pancake toppings. From the classic to the more outlandish, these six variations should give you some solid ideas for 28 February.

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Marcus Wareing

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If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it – that’s obviously Marcus Wareing’s approach to pancake toppings. Lemon and sugar are what the majority of us will be squeezing and scattering on top of ours, and with good reason; nostalgia aside, there’s something wonderfully clean and simple about the flavour combination.

Dan Doherty

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At the other end of the spectrum, Dan Doherty – the head chef of sky-high London restaurant Duck & Waffle – throws a mishmash of ingredients together to create a wonderful sweet and salty combination with plenty of explosive flavour. With a classic American base of peanut butter and jam, Dan takes his pancakes to the next level with fresh strawberries, crispy bacon and a dusting of crushed peanut brittle, with a light sprinkling of icing sugar on top. It’s a bombastic, in-your-face topping that’s perfect if you want to go all-out this Pancake Day.

Nathan Outlaw

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Nathan chose a savoury filling for his pancake and – unsurprisingly – it puts fish centre stage. He places curled slices of the best smoked salmon on a bed of plain yoghurt with plenty of freshly grated horseradish root mixed in, topped with little fronds of dill. If you can’t get a fresh horseradish root then a spoonful of creamed will do, although you will miss out on the wasabi-like white heat that makes this such a tasty combination. Squeeze a little lemon juice on top right before eating, and you’ll have a light luxurious pancake that’s perfect if you find the regular options a little too sweet.

Tom Aikens

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Fancy something tropical? Tom Aikens takes the zingy, fruity flavours of passion fruit, mango and lime to create a fresh pancake that’s bursting with colour. The passion fruit is made into a curd, which acts as a sort of sauce, while the diced mango and lime zest is piled on top. A few mint leaves add a splash of colour and refreshing finish, too. Serve it as a dessert or for breakfast – it’s guaranteed to put a smile on your face at any time of day.

Tom Kitchin

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Going down the seasonal, natural route, Tom Kitchin’s beautiful rhubarb pancake is enhanced with a scattering of orange zest and a few sprigs of lemon thyme, which just adds to the British credentials. Create some textural contrast by whipping up a quick compote and then placing some lightly poached rhubarb on top – the stalks are at their very best right now, so it’d be a shame not to make the most of them.

Vivek Singh

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Fragrant, heady aromas are at the centre of Vivek Singh’s Indian-inspired pancake, with dried rose petals and crushed pistachios scattered over the top of a few big scoops of pistachio ice cream. The pancake itself is flavoured with crushed cardamom seeds and coconut, too, and a light drizzle of palm jaggery sauce adds just the right amount of sweetness.

#FlipYourFavourite!

After you've taken a look at our chefs' favourite toppings, we want to see yours! Find out how you could #FlipYourFavourite to be in with the chance of winning a Mason Cash kitchenware bundle worth £80.

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