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Top Tips for Pancake Day North East

13 February marks Pancake Day in the North East and we’re encouraging you to take part by following our expert guide, full of savoury secrets and trendy twists…

In celebration of this delicious holiday, we’re going beyond the basic batter to uncover innovative twists and mouthwatering recipes crafted by top chefs across the region.

Let’s roll up our sleeves and dive head first into exclusive Q&A sessions with culinary maestros as they reveal their secrets for crafting the perfect pancake masterpiece.

Pancake Day in the North East: Rockliffe Hall

Tips pancake day north east

Chef’s name:

Matthew Fletcher.

What is your favourite type of pancake, and why?

The classic lemon juice and sugar! 

What’s a unique twist you like to add to traditional pancakes?

Savoury pancakes are so good, I like them with either goat’s cheese, beetroot and rocket or spicy beef with cheddar and sriracha sauce. 

What’s your top tip for making pancakes?

Eat as many as you can!

rockliffehall.com

St Marys Inn

Chef’s name:

Ronald Robson.

What is your favourite type of pancake, and why?

The scotch pancake as it brings back many memories as a child!

What’s a unique twist you like to add to traditional pancakes?

Amarena cherries are fantastic with toasted pistachios and velvet white Valrhona chocolate.

What’s your top tip for making pancakes?

Plenty of rest in your batter mix and take your time, enjoy yourself!

stmarysinn.co.uk

Pancake Day in the North East: Ramside Hall

Chef’s name:

Jak Wardle.

What is your favourite type of pancake, and why?

It’d have to be Crepe. It brings back childhood memories and I used to love trying out different topping combinations.

What’s a unique twist you like to add to traditional pancakes?

I think a crepe with orange crème fraiche and marmalade is absolutely delicious.

What’s your top tip for making pancakes?

One of my top tips for this Pancake Day in the North East is to use equal ingredient quantities for a fail-safe recipe and make sure the pan is hot!

ramsidehallhotel.co.uk

Mantra Thai

Chef’s name:

Bunchuai Srida.

What’s your favourite type of pancake, and why?

I absolutely love Thai Pandan pancakes stuffed with sweet coconut and served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. They’re extra special when made at home with family.

What’s a unique twist you like to add to traditional pancakes?

My special pancake recipe has been passed down from my ancestors in Thailand. The secret is using rice flour and pandan to give the pancakes a unique Thai touch. The pandan adds a beautiful green colour and a delightful aroma that makes the taste even better. The flour gives them a unique texture that you won’t find in regular pancakes.

What’s your top tip for making pancakes?

The key to making great pancakes is using good ingredients like rice flour, young coconut, and pandan. You also need some practice to get the mixing and forming just right. And if you really want to take your pancakes to the next level, serve them with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. It’s the perfect finishing touch!

mantra-thai.co.uk

Pancake Day in the North East: Grantley Hall

Grantley Hall

Chef’s name:

Shaun Rankin, Chef Patron.

What’s your favourite type of pancake, and why?

Nothing beats the good old traditional pancakes!

What’s a unique twist you like to add to traditional pancakes?

For a unique twist, I like to add a dash of vanilla extract and a sprinkle of cinnamon to the batter for extra flavour.

What’s your top tip for making pancakes?

One of my top tips for this Pancake Day in the North East is to make sure your pan is evenly heated and lightly greased to prevent sticking. Don’t flip the pancake too early, make sure you wait until bubbles form on the surface before flipping it over!

grantleyhall.co.uk

Vermont Hotel / Above

Gainford Group

Chef’s name:

Mark Cave

What’s your favourite type of pancake, and why?

I love crispy smoked bacon and maple syrup pancakes.

What’s a unique twist you like to add to traditional pancakes?

Buttermilk!

What’s your top tip for making pancakes?

Try adding different fruits to the batter mix before cooking such as bananas, different berries, even chocolate drops and your favourite nuts crushed. Another one of my tips for Pancake Day in the North East is – always get someone else to make them so you can enjoy them!

gainfordgroup.com

Pancake Day in the North East: Dobson & Parnell

Dobson & Parnell

Chef’s name:

Troy Terrington.

What’s your favourite type of pancake, and why?

Buttermilk pancakes topped with chocolate ice cream, chocolate sauce, salt caramel and banana and toffee puree.

I prefer these to creps as they are more substantial and make it more ‘dessert’ like with their thickness.

What’s a unique twist you like to add to traditional pancakes?

Instead of putting oil in the pan, I put oil in the batter. Which is more of an American twist but it means no greasiness in pancakes.

What’s your top tip for making pancakes?

One of the best tips for pancake day is to make sure you use a good thick base frying pan as it holds the heat longer for more even cooking.

dobsonandparnell.co.uk