Pancakes are the quintessential weekend breakfast, particularly on relaxed Sunday mornings.
I always turn to my trusted and easy buttermilk pancake recipe, but what are the best toppings to serve? Read on for 12+ of the best toppings to serve with pancakes!
Whether it's for a special occasion, pancake day (Shrove Tuesday), or just a lazy weekend breakfast, serving pancakes to your family will always get you in their good books!
I use buttermilk in my usual pancake batter to ensure my American style pancakes are light and fluffy, but sometimes I prefer to serve thin crepes, especially on pancake day!
Best Pancake Recipes
Before we discuss what to put on top of your pancakes, here are my three favourite pancake recipes that work every time!
FAQs on Pancakes
Scotch pancakes are slightly sweeter than American-style pancakes, with a small amount of sugar in the batter mixture. In contrast, American pancakes generally contain fat as part of the batter mixture, usually melted butter, whereas scotch pancakes do not.
Pancake Day, also known as Shrove Tuesday, is a traditional Christian holiday that falls on the day before Ash Wednesday. It is a day of feasting before the start of Lent, a period of fasting and reflection leading up to Easter.
The tradition of making pancakes came about to use up all the 'forbidden' foods before Lent in order to avoid spoiling and wasting food.
If you can allow the pancake batter to rest for at least 5 minutes (up to 30 minutes if you have time) it will relax the gluten and ensure you get those fluffy, soft pancakes you've been dreaming of!
Heat a frying pan on a medium heat and lightly grease with oil or butter. Pour the batter to form pancakes of whatever size you like. Cook on the first side until small bubbles form on top (it should take between two and three minutes), then flip and cook on the other side for between one and two minutes.
Some popular toppings for Pancake Day pancakes include lemon juice and sugar, golden syrup, Nutella, whipped cream, and fruit.
What to serve with pancakes
Some of the best pancake toppings!
- Golden Syrup or Maple Syrup
- Lemon Juice
- White or Brown Sugar
- Chocolate Chips
- Peanut Butter
- Fresh Berries
- Banana Slices
- Greek Yogurt
- Fruit Compote
- Blueberry Syrup
- Sour Cream
- Fresh Blueberries
- Strawberry Syrup
- Orange Zest
- Dulce de leche
- Ice Cream
- Toffee Sauce
- Fruit Curds
Pancake Topping Recipes
What toppings do you serve on your pancakes?