Monday, 3 March 2014

Pear, Cinnamon and Walnut Pancakes

Frying pans at the's Shrove Tuesday and Pancake Day! 

Today traditionally marks the beginning of Lent, a time of abstinence. Cooking a batch of pancakes enables indulgent ingredients such as butter, flour and eggs to be used up in one glorious flip of the pan. Perhaps it's just as well a period of self-restraint occurs shortly after Shrove Tuesday; one of the earliest pancake recipes, from 1544, calls for a magnificently rich ingredient list including four to five egg yolks and two or three spoonfuls of ale with ginger and cinnamon. 

Last year over 40% of us flipped our way to pancake perfection using over 52 million eggs in the process. Here are a few tips to ensure you don't spend today pushing soggy lumps of lemon-drenched half-cooked pancake mixture around your plate....


After a few years of enjoying the more traditional, thin crepe-like pancakes, this year I thought to make fluffy breakfast American-style pancakes, complete with cinnamon, pear and walnut. And with a very generous pouring of maple syrup of course.


Breakfast Pancakes with Cinnamon, Pear and Walnuts

135g self raising flour
½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tsp ground cinnamon
30g light brown sugar
1 large egg
250ml milk
1 pear, peeled and grated

A knob or two of butter for the pan

A handful of walnuts and maple or golden syrup to serve

1. Sift the flour, bicarbonate of soda, cinnamon, sugar and a pinch of salt into a large bowl.
2. In a jug, lightly whisk together the egg and milk.
3. Gradually pour the milk mixture into the dry ingredients, whisking continuously to form a smooth batter. Stir in the grated pear
4. Let the batter stand for a few minutes.
5. Heat a non-stick frying pan over a medium heat and add a knob of butter. Carefully wipe away any excess butter with a piece of kitchen towel. Add a ladle of batter, cooking each pancake for 2-3 minutes until the top is bubbly, before flipping over. The pancakes will be fluffy and golden in colour when ready. They can be kept warm in a low oven while cooking the remainder.
6. Serve with a sprinkle of roughly chopped walnuts and a generous pour of maple syrup

Baker's notes...

  • The batter can be prepared the night before and stored in the fridge
  • Instead of pear, grated apple would work just as well
  • Happy flipping!


  1. Wished I had had these for breakfast. Will have to wait now until I get home from work. Love the addition of grated pear.

  2. These look SO delicious. Whenever I have thin pancakes, I decide that they're my favourite until I have fluffy pancakes like these and I change my mind. There's a need for two pancake days.

  3. Gorgeous photos Kate, that drizzling syrup looks far too tempting! Happy Pancake Day for tomorrow!

  4. Your pancakes looks delicious :-) I will try them out later in my little kitchen. Kirsten

  5. Pear pancakes are one of my favourites! I make mine with a little drizzle of brown butter although I don't know what came over me this morning, I had porridge!

  6. not THEY look like some mean pancakes... I must say with a lot of pancake recipes around it's been hard to see the wood for the trees but these really look very special... love how thick they are!

  7. Oh yes please, as you know I love my pears and did a;leo think of combining them with walnuts and as for the maple syrup, it is an absolute must! Have a top pancake day Kate x

  8. Pears are so overlooked.
    These pancakes look delicious!

  9. They look scrumptious indeed Kate. I've used apple and banana in pancakes, but never pear adding crunchy walnuts is a brill idea. I had chocolate, banana and cinnamon pancakes for breakfast with nectarines and maple syrup - they were pretty good too ;-)

  10. Phil- I couldn't agree more, let's have two pancake days! There must be a petition to sign somewhere...

  11. Thank you all so much for your lovely comments, it sounds as though everyone had a delicious pancake day! Roll on next year....

  12. I love the flavour combination here! I prefer the American style pancakes although I won't say no to a traditional pancake with lemon and sugar!

  13. Lovely - they always look so attractive stacked up!


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