Pancake day might historically have been about using up the last of your store cupboard ingredients but these days it’s a great excuse to have fun and experiment with all sorts of ingredients and toppings.
If you usually stick to the classic French crêpe served with a squeeze of lemon and a sprinkling of sugar, try swapping plain four for buckwheat to make it a gallette, and serve with a savoury filling like cheese and ham or spinach. Alternatively add some baking powder to make fluffy American-style versions, then stack them high, with bacon and eggs layered inbetween, before drenching in maple syrup for a hearty brunch.
Whatever your style, we’ve got all your Pancake Day kitchen essentials sorted. So, with frying pan in hand, let the flipping commence…
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Twist and shout
We’re big fans of Joseph Joseph’s innovative kitchen creations and this one is no exception. It’s designed so that it can be stored flat, then when you’re ready to whip up some pancake batter simply twist to whisk. A space saver and a design classic – what more could you want?
Twist whisk £12.50 Joseph Joseph
A new squeeze
Ditch those concentrated lemon juices that come in squeezy bottles and opt for fresh instead.
This natty little gadget is far cooler than a standard juicer – just screw it into a lemon (or lime) to convert it into a ready-made spritzer so you can spray juice straight onto your pancakes.
Lukue citrus spray, two-piece set £15.95 Selfridges
Home and dry
There’s nothing like a new set of tea towels to refresh your kitchen – it’s a cheap and easy way to inject some colour and fun to the room and this Lemon, Sugar and Syrup set is just the ticket for a mini spring makeover.
Pancake day tea towels, set of 3, £10, John Lewis
Forget finding mouldly cling-wrapped lemon halves in the back of the fridge.
This funky sealable storage pod will keep them fresh and juicy, and prevent them absorbing any nasty food smells.
Lemon storage pod £2.95 Kitchen Buddies
This sunny yellow jug does two jobs in one. Use it both for making up your pancake mix, instead of a mixing bowl, then the added lip and handle makes it perfect for pouring straight into the pan. Anything that saves on the washing up gets our vote!
Batty large yellow batter jug £25 Habitat
It might look like something from a Wallace and Gromit movie but this helter skelter egg keeper will give your kitchen that country cottage feel, even if you don’t have your own chickens in the garden to lay fresh eggs for you.
Egg run £24.99 Not On The High Street
Allow this cheery chap to lend a helping hand with the flipping duties, keeping your precious pancakes in one piece if you’re a bit out of practise.
Tovolo smiley face turner £16.17 Amazon
Foodie gadget lovers will be clamouring to get their hands on one of these. Fill with your batter then squeeze the handle to release just the right amount into the pan to form a perfectly neat pancake.
You can also use it to fill individually portioned tins with cake mix.
Batter dispenser £13.49 Lime Homeware
All tied up
Roll up your sleeves and show everyone you mean business with a proper cook’s apron. We love the quirky design of this one by British illustrator, Victoria Eggs.
Baking Delight apron £19.95 Victoria Eggs
This Ceramica pan is too colouful to keep hidden away in a cupboard. Leave it out on display and choose from an array of shades to match your kitchen accent colour.
What’s more, the special coating makes it reliably non-stick so you can’t go wrong for a pancake-making extravaganza.
Ceramica green single size frying pan £11.99 Lakeland