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Beer and bacon pancakes

Beer for breakfast? Yes, you heard that right! The popular beverage is used here in place of milk to bind the batter. It gives the pancakes a savoury, malty flavour, which goes perfectly with salty bacon and sweet maple syrup. Obviously, this recipe is for adults only — for the child-friendly version, simply replace the beer with milk.

Serves 6


Pancake batter:

200g smoked bacon lardons/diced pancetta

160g self-raising flour, sifted

1 tsp baking powder

1 egg, separated

60g dark brown sugar

Pinch of salt

250ml beer

3 tbsp melted butter, plus extra for frying

To serve:

12 slices of fried smoked streaky bacon

Maple syrup


Begin by frying the bacon lardons/diced pancetta in a dry frying pan — it will release sufficient oil as it cooks to prevent it sticking, so there’s no need to add any extra fat to the pan. Remove the bacon from the pan and put on paper towels to let any excess fat drain. Set aside.

To make the pancake batter, put the flour, baking powder, egg yolk (save the egg white), dark brown sugar, salt and beer in a large mixing bowl and whisk together. Add the melted butter and whisk again. The batter should have a smooth, dropping consistency. Stir in the cooked bacon lardons/diced pancetta.

In a separate bowl, whisk the egg white to stiff peaks. Gently fold the whisked egg white into the batter mixture, using a spatula. Cover and put in the refrigerator to rest for 30 minutes.

When you are ready to serve, remove your batter mixture from the refrigerator and stir gently, then cook it in batches. Put a little butter in a large frying pan set over a medium heat. Allow the butter to melt and coat the base of the pan, then ladle small amounts of the rested batter into the pan, leaving a little space between each. Cook until the underside of each pancake is golden brown and a few bubbles start to appear on the top — this will take about 2–3 minutes. Turn the pancakes over using a spatula and cook on the other side until golden brown.

Serve the pancakes with extra fried streaky bacon and lashings of maple syrup.


Beetroot pancakes with goat’s cheese, onion relish and walnuts

Beetroot pancakes with goat’s cheese, onion relish and walnuts


The beetroot adds attractive colour to these savoury pancakes, as well as a hint of earthy flavour. A little rye flour is used in the batter here too for its deep, strong taste, but it can be easily replaced with plain flour. 

Makes 16 pancakes


For the cake batter:

2 eggs

220ml whole milk

75g plain flour

25g rye flour

Pinch of salt

55g cooked beetroot, finely chopped

1 tbsp olive oil, plus extra for frying


300g frozen spinach, thawed

300g soft goat’s cheese

2 tbsp freshly chopped basil

50g chopped walnuts

6 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese

Onion relish:

2 tbsp olive oil

3 onions, thinly sliced

2 tbsp balsamic vinegar

2 tbsp soft brown sugar

Sea salt and freshly ground

black pepper

To serve:

Rocket, fresh basil leaves and Parmesan shavings


Start by making the onion relish. Heat the olive oil in a saucepan over a low-medium heat. Add the onions and a little salt and pepper and cook for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until they are really soft and golden.

Add the vinegar and sugar and cook for a further 5–10 minutes until jammy in consistency. Leave to cool.

To make the pancakes: Place the eggs, half the milk, the flours, salt and chopped beetroot in a food processor and blend until the beetroot is puréed and the mixture is smooth. Add the remaining milk and the oil and blend again. Transfer to a jug and leave to rest for 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, make the filling. Squeeze out all the excess water from the thawed spinach and chop finely. Place in a bowl and beat in the goat’s cheese, basil, walnuts and grated Parmesan. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Lightly stir the pancake mixture once. Heat a frying pan over a medium heat, brush with oil and swirl in about 60ml of the pancake mixture, making sure it covers the base. Cook over a medium-low heat for about 1 ½ minutes until the base is golden. Flip the pancake over and cook for a further 1 minute until dotted brown.

Remove the pancake from the pan as soon as it is ready and keep warm while you cook the remaining batter in the same way.

When you are ready to serve, spoon the goat’s cheese mixture down the centre of each pancake. Top with a few rocket leaves, fresh basil leaves and a spoonful of the onion relish. Roll up and enjoy.

Serve the pancakes with extra relish and shavings of Parmesan cheese.


Extracted from Modern Pancakes published by Ryland Peters & Small Photography (c) Ryland Peters & Small

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