Hints and Tips for Pancake Day

Impress your guests this Shrove Tuesday with some hints and tips from the experts at our Oxford hotel

There’s nothing wrong with a dash of lemon juice and a sprinkle of sugar – after all, it is a classic. However, we want to step things up a little and have put our heads together to find the most unusual pancake recipes to tempt you into trying something different this year…

Mocha pancakes

Kick start your Pancake Day with a coffee flavoured treat to accompany your morning Latte. Simply add a few teaspoons of cocoa powder along with one level teaspoon of instant coffee into your pancake mix and stir until it turns a rich shade of brown. This mocha flavour works well with a sprinkling of cinnamon and nutmeg to spice things up. For the really brave? Try adding a drop of chilli extract for extra heat.

Rainbow pancakes

Beautiful, multi-coloured tiered cakes are a thing of the past. It’s time for Rainbow Pancakes to have their day. Something to impress the little ones (and most adults too!) these are a relatively inexpensive way to brighten up your Shrove Tuesday. Throw a little food colouring into each mix and stack your pancakes according to the colours of the rainbow.

If that’s not enough, try matching flavours to each colour for an added surprise. Think orange extract to the tangerine one, lime to the green one and lemon to the yellow one. Drizzle with maple syrup to complete this multi-coloured masterpiece.

Pancakes with whisky cream

Tickle those taste buds by adding your favourite tipple into this creamy topping for a sophisticated celebration. Make a batch of pancakes using the standard batter recipe and top them off with whisky cream. Simply mix together 200ml of whipping cream with one tablespoon of icing sugar, a dash of whisky, and stir until it thickens. Sprinkle with a handful of chopped nuts and a drizzle of honey to serve.

Beer pancakes

Beer has brought fish batter right up to date in recent years and it’s about time the same thing happened to pancakes. Very simple and easy to make, just substitute the milk for beer in your mix. The colour will be a little different as well as being slightly opaque, and as long as you haven’t whisked the life out of it, the beer’s natural carbonation will lift the consistency of your pancakes.

So there we have it. Some simple and unusual yet very tasty twists on your Pancake Day creations.


Looking for things to do in Oxfordshire this Shrove Tuesday? Why not head to our hotel where we will be serving up both sweet and savoury pancakes in one of the most relaxing restaurants in Oxford. Or why not try out our recipes at home – not forgetting to share pictures of your pancake-related family fun – and we will feature them in a gallery on our website.