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Eight of the best Shrove Tuesday pancake fillings and toppings

Updated on March 6, 2012

The following are toppings for thin, English and crêpe style pancakes so you won't find any bacon or Maple Syrup here.

What's Shrove Tuesday all about?

Shrove Tuesday is the day before Ash Wednesday and marks the last day before Lent begins. This was the day in which the richer food was eaten before the Lenten fast began, and a tradition grew up in Britain of making pancakes to use up the eggs and sugar.

Today many people still observe "pancake day", with stores selling precooked pancakes, ready-made batter, dry mixes and lemons or their juice for flavoring, but it's quick and easy to make your own. Whatever you choose to do, these sweet and savory fillings will be a perfect accompaniment.

1. Lemon and sugar

This is the easiest and probably the most popular pancake accompaniment. It was certainly the only thing we ever had on Shrove Tuesday when I was growing up.


It doesn't get any easy than this. Simply squeeze lemon juice over the pancakes, roll into tubes and then dust with sugar.

2. Nutella and banana

Another extremely popular combination, but this can be a little too sweet if you go overboard on the nutella.


Spread your pancake thinly with nutella, then add the banana, sliced into coins onto one half. Fold the other half over to serve.

3. Strawberries and cream

This works best with the squirty cream you can get in a can at the supermarket, the kind you would put on an ice-cream sundae. It's indulgent but you might be fasting for forty days after all.


Slice the strawberries and place them on one half of the pancake. Squirt some of the cream on top and then fold over and have another squirt of cream on top of that.

4. Honey and nuts

Any nuts go great with honey and they add a really nice crunch to pancakes.


Roll the pancakes and then drizzle with the honey before sprinkling the nuts generously on top.

Wills and Kate tossing pancakes

5. Golden Syrup and icecream

Whilst I hail from a lemon and sugar household, my husband grew up having nothing but Golden Syrup on his pancakes. I like to add vanilla ice-cream, which is made more delicious as it melts and mixes with the syrup.


Fold the pancake into quarters and tuck a scoop of ice-cream inside. Then drizzle the syrup on top.

6. Cheese and ham

This is a classic savory pancake and requires minimal work for the filling. However, it is best you make your own pancakes instead of using the ready-made kind.


Sprinkle grated cheese and chopped ham onto the pancake whilst it's in the pan and place it under the grill. When the cheese is melted, fold the pancake in half to serve.

7. Garlic mushrooms

This is so simple and it tastes like it took more effort than it does. It's a nice, quick dinner, not just for "pancake day".


Slice button mushrooms and fry them in garlic butter (or butter with a clove of crushed garlic). When they are soft, add a splash of cream to create a sauce from the butter and the juices from the mushrooms, and then serve in a folded pancake.

8. The trashy pancake

Not just for Shrove Tuesday, this savory pancake is a great way to use up a vegetables or scraps of meat. The key to this is lots of melted cheese because no matter how bored I am of leftovers, everything tastes good in the melty, greasy goo that cheese becomes.

Preparation: Grate cheese directly on to pancake whilst it's in the pan. Then top with whatever is in the fridge and grill. Fold in half to serve, with ketchup for dipping.

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    • Silja Paulus profile image

      Silja Paulus 

      6 years ago from Bristol, United Kingdom

      Never heard of garlic mushrooms before. Will keep that in mind when next making pancakes because it sounds like a great one.

    • Hayley Richardson profile imageAUTHOR

      Hayley Richardson 

      6 years ago from London, UK

      Kate and Wills do seem like a nice couple. I'm not exactly a monarchist but I do quite like all the younger generation of the royal family.

      Shrove Tuesday is my favorite day in the Easter calendar. Any excuse for pancakes!

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      Nancy Hinchliff 

      6 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      Hayley, I loved your hub and the Kate and William video. They are so cute together and seem like genuinely nice people. I'd heard of Shrove Tuesday, but didn't know why it was celebrated. The various pancake toppings sounded really tempting. I'll have to try one or two...or maybe ever three. :=)

    • Hayley Richardson profile imageAUTHOR

      Hayley Richardson 

      6 years ago from London, UK

      I've never had syrup on potato pancakes- we just used to butter them and eat them when I was a kid. Yummy!

    • rjsadowski profile image


      6 years ago

      An interesting selection of toppings. We just used simple syrup seasoned with vanilla over potato pancakes.

    • RustyRubySlippers profile image


      6 years ago from Mobile, AL

      I love some of these suggestions, I think my daughter will love trying them out!

    • Hayley Richardson profile imageAUTHOR

      Hayley Richardson 

      6 years ago from London, UK

      The mushrooms are my favorite savory filling. I can't wait until next Tuesday to have some!

    • rob_allen profile image


      6 years ago from MNL, PH

      Yummy pancake filling!Love it. I think I will have Garlic and Mushroom at home :) Thanks for sharing


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