What’s the best pancake topping?

Strawberry and blueberry pancakes

Happy Pancake Day!

In the UK, we celebrate in style with pancake parties, pancake tosses and even pancake races! After all, it’s the one day of the year where these tasty treats get the love and attention they deserve.

But, when it comes to the eating, your choice of dressings can be as controversial as whether you put the jam or the cream on a scone first.

So, we’re offering up our favourite toppings for debate and inspiration this Shrove Tuesday.

Lauren – “All you need is syrup.”

I keep it simple when it comes to pancakes. Why mess with perfection?

My go-to is a crêpe (the thinner the better) doused in syrup. I usually opt for maple – and lots of it – but golden syrup and others like it work well too.

If you want to take it to the next level, add a few dollops of ice cream on the top *chef’s kiss*.

Narelle – “For me, it has to be bacon.”

Bacon-topped pancakes

I looove the combination of sweet and savoury.

So, when it comes to pancakes, it has to be American-style, fluffy pancakes topped with bacon and maple syrup.

And I’d definitely recommend the ones from Baker Street Kitchen on Albert Road – wow!

Michelle – “I’m old school, so it’s classic lemon.”

Taking your pancakes from dessert to breakfast is as easy as adding fruit.

I’ve never come across a fruit that doesn’t go well with pancakes – strawberries, blueberries, banana, kiwi – so you really can’t go wrong.

My favourite is lemon with a dusting of sugar. It’s low effort and high reward and reminds me of my childhood. 

Dave – “Try chocolate spread.”

Chocolate-covered pancakes

Any dessert with chocolate has my attention.

So, pancakes coated in thick chocolate or Nutella are a winner for me and the kids.

Plus, the spread creates the perfect consistency to decorate with extras, like mini marshmallows or fruit chunks.

Our favourites at Talking Teesside are fairly mixed, with sweet, sour and savoury toppings. But, they’re pretty popular choices. If you’re looking for something a little different, why not try curry, ham and cheese, or pizza pancakes? Yes, they actually exist!

Tell us which pancake toppings we should try in the comments.

And, if you’re a Teesside University accommodation resident and don’t fancy making your own, pop along to the Cornell Quarter reception area this Pancake Day between 9.30am-11.30am for our pancake morning.


Author: Lauren

Since completing her undergraduate studies in Journalism at Teesside University, Lauren has taken on the role of Communications Assistant (Content Production). She knows a thing or two about student life, as she’s currently working towards achieving her master’s degree at the University.

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