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Pont de la Tour, Tower Bridge – Crêpes Suzette 

Pont de la Tour, Tower Bridge – Crêpes Suzette

In true French style, Tony Fleming, Executive Chef, is paying homage to the traditional Crêpes Suzette with a brand-new menu of delicious seasonal flavours in the restaurant, with a different special each month. The flavour for March is Classic Orange.

Pahli Hill, Fitzrovia – The Indian Pancake  

Pahli Hill, Fitzrovia – The Indian Pancake

As die-hard Indian food fans, we can rarely resist a home-made paper Dosa. Head Chef Avinash Shashidhara has curated a table-sized paper Dosa with drumstick, turnip & carrot sambar, turmeric potato and chutneys for their winter menu. The perfect meal where you get a bit of everything in one.

Pancake Deliveries – enjoy a hassle-free night in 

Mindful Chef, Healthy Savoury Stacks 

Pancake Day with healthy food brand Mindful Chef allows for indulgence without any of the associated guilt. Stepping away from the typical lemon and sugar, Mindful Chef’s healthy yet delicious savoury specials include Kimchi Pancakes with Sustainably Sourced Marinated Smoked Salmon and Chickpea Crepe with Creamy Mushrooms. All offerings are in keeping with Mindful Chef’s promise to provide gluten, dairy and refined sugar-free meals.  

Pancake Day specials will be available for delivery from 27th February to 5th March, including options for one person, two people and a family of four.

At Home Recipes 

Frenchie Buttermilk Pancakes – Greg Marchand, Frenchie Paris, Covent Garden 

Frenchie Buttermilk Pancakes – Greg Marchand, Frenchie Paris, Covent Garden

Servings: 10 


1.5l buttermilk 

1kg flour 

150g sugar 

75ml sunflower oil 

25g baking powder 

10g baking soda 

10ml vanilla extract 

10g salt 

5 eggs 


1.       Combine all dry ingredients. 

2.       Combine all wet ingredients. 

3.       Mix all ingredients together. 

4.       Let the dough rest for 30min before use

Classic Crêpes Suzette – Tony Fleming, Executive Chef at Le Pont de la Tour 

Pont de la Tour, Tower Bridge – Crêpes Suzette


Crepe mix: 

250g milk 

125g flour 

15g caster sugar 

2 tbsp vegetable oil 

1 egg 

20g melted butter 


1.       Mix the dry ingredients together, then add the beaten egg and vegetable oil and finally the melted butter.  

2.       Heat a medium-sized non-stick frying pan until it’s really hot. 

3.        Add a little block of butter and add a ladle of batter to create a very thin pancake. Cook on medium heat then flip and cook on reverse side. 

4.       Remove from pan and cool on the side. Continue until all batter is gone. 

Ingredients for Caramel syrup:  

325g caster sugar 

½ lemon  

¼ vanilla pod  

Pinch of Maldon sea salt 

Zest from ½ orange (just peeled) 

140g butter 

450g orange juice 


1.       Make a light dry caramel using the caster sugar and add the salt. 

2.       Stir the caramel with the half lemon using a fork attached to the end of the lemon. 

3.       Add the zest and vanilla 

4.       Add the orange juice in 3 stages and bring it to the boil. 

5.       Add the butter last and pass through a fine sieve. 

Orange confit: 

Zest of 1 orange 

100g caster sugar 

100g water  


1.       Peel the skin with peeler trying not the peel the white bitter parts. 

2.       Slice to fine strips 

3.       Boil some water in small pan and add the orange skin. 

4.       Pass it through a strainer and cool it down with cold water. 

5.       Repeat this process 2 more times. 

6.       Bring the sugar and water to the boil add the orange skin and simmer until is candied. 

To plate one portion of the Crepe Suzette: 

25ml brandy 

5 x orange segments 

2 crepes 

150g caramel syrup per recipe above 

1 scoop vanilla ice cream topped with orange confit 


1.       Warm a shallow sauté pan and add the syrup. 

2.       Bring to the boil and add the two crepes, bring back to the boil and add the brandy. 

3.       Flambee the brandy using an open flame. 

4.       When the flames have disappeared carry on boiling to achieve a good syrupy sauce. 

5.       Drop in the orange segments to warm through. 

6.       Fold the crepes in quarters and arrange on a plate. 

7.       Spoon over the orange segments with the sauce and serve with the ice cream on the side 

Vegan Pancakes with Blueberry Compote – Dirty Vegan (Dirty Bones) 

Vegan Pancakes with Blueberry Compote – Dirty Vegan (Dirty Bones)

Buckwheat Pancakes (Makes 500g, roughly 10 pancakes) 

100g Buckwheat  

100g Plain Flour 

40g Rice flour 

1 x teaspoon Salt 

1 x teaspoon Baking Powder 

125g Almond milk 

30g Almond yogurt + extra to serve 40gr per portion 

25g Maple Syrup 

25g Apple juice 

5 g White wine vinegar 

50g Coconut oil 

Blueberry compote (recipe below) allow roughly 100g per serve 

Blueberry Compote 

500g fresh blueberries 

200g caster sugar 

200ml water 

Blueberry Compote Method: 

1.       In a heavy based pan mix the water and sugar together and bring to a boil. Boil for roughly 3 mins until it starts to turn a light brown colour. 

2.       Drop in the berries and simmer for 30 seconds, stirring so all the berries are coated. Remove from the heat and leave to cool to room temperature. 

Buckwheat Pancakes Method: 

1.       Sieve the flours, salt and baking powder into a large mixing bowl. Make a well in the middle. 

2.       Mix together the almond milk, yogurt, apple juice and vinegar. 

3.       Pour this mixture into the well and using a wooden / plastic spoon bring the mix together to form a paste. 

4.       Melt the coconut oil in a pan and cool slightly, pour into the mix, drizzle in the maple syrup and use a whisk to beat the mixture to a smooth consistency.  

5.       Heat a non-stick pan till hot and add a very fine coat of vegetable / sunflower oil. Cook the pancakes in batches using roughly 50gr of mix per pancake for 2 mins on each side. The aim is to slowly pour the mix into the pan, so you have a raised pancake. 

6.       Keep warm. 

7.       When ready to serve stack the pancakes in a tower of 3, top with almond yogurt and the blue berry compote. 

8.       Enjoy! 

The Ultimate Chocolatey Peanut Pancake Stack – Mindful Chef 

Mindful Chef – Manilife Pancake


300ml oat milk 

200g Mindful Chef Organic Scottish Porridge Oats 

2 tbsp of coconut sugar 

2 large eggs 

2 tsp of baking powder 

ManiLife Rich Cocoa peanut butter 


Fresh mint 


1.       Start by blending your oats into a fine flour. 

2.       In a bowl, mix the flour, eggs, sugar, milk and baking powder till smooth. 

3.       Heat a pan on a medium/ low heat with 1 tsp of oil. 

4.       Ladle the mixture into the pan a couple of pancakes at a time, turn after to 2-3 mins, then flip again for 1 more minute till golden and fluffy. 

5.       Repeat till all your mixture is used up. 

6.       Drizzle over 1 tbsp of ManiLife, then garnish with berries and a sprig of mint. 

Rye pancakes with rhubarb compote and vanilla ice cream – Luke French, JÖRO 

Serves 4-6 

90g organic rye flour 
110g organic white flour 
1 tsp baking powder 
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda 
1 pinch table salt 
250ml Jersey milk 
2 free-range eggs 
60g melted butter 
Vanilla ice cream, to serve 

For the rhubarb compote 
250g rhubarb, chopped into 2cm pieces (stalks only) 
85g golden caster sugar 
25g water 


1.       Place the rhubarb, sugar and water in a saucepan over a low heat, stirring occasionally, until the rhubarb breaks down to a marmalade-like consistency. 

2.       When the mix has cooled, transfer it to a container and keep in the fridge until needed. 

3.       To make the pancakes combine and mix the dry ingredients in a bowl, then gradually whisk in the milk, eggs and half of the melted butter to a smooth batter. Leave it covered and rest in the fridge for half an hour. 

4.       When you’re ready to cook the pancakes, heat a heavy-based non-stick frying pan over a medium-high heat. When hot, use enough of the melted butter to coat the pan, then add a good spoonful of the pancake batter and gently spread it out into a circle with the back of the spoon. Cook for about 2 min on each side, until golden. Repeat this process until you have used all the batter. 

5.       Arrange the pancakes on serving dishes, and top with some of the rhubarb compote and some of the ice cream. 

Shaun Rankin’s American Style Pancakes with Honey, Greek Yoghurt & Pecan Nuts – Shaun Rankin at Grantley Hall 

The beauty of these pancakes is that you can pre-cook them and then just flash them for 20 seconds in the microwave to reheat when you’re ready to eat them. Perfect if you’ve got a busy family or many mouths to feed! 

Ingredients – Serves 6 (makes 12) 

2 eggs 

220g caster sugar 

180g unsalted butter, melted 

340g plain flour, sifted 

½ tsp baking powder 

450ml milk 

1 tsp vanilla essence  

To serve: 

Pecan nuts 



Plain yoghurt 


1.       Whisk the eggs and sugar together in a large mixing bowl 

2.       Add the butter, flour, baking powder, milk and vanilla essence. Mix well, making sure there are no lumps 

3.       Heat a dry non-stick frying pan and pour in half a ladle of batter, immediately tilt the pan to spread the batter evenly  

4.       Cook until the edges begin to colour and you small bubbles appearing all over the surface, and then flip the pancakes over 

5.       Cook for a few moments on the other side before sliding onto a plate 

6.       To serve, top with pecan nuts, honey, blueberries and natural yoghurt 

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