What to do with leftover pancakes

How to use up leftover pancakes; what to make, how to store, how to freeze, and more...
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  • From lunchtime wraps to pancake bread and butter pudding, we've got plenty of ways to use up leftover pancakes and pancake batter.

    Pancakes are perfect at any time of year, not just Pancake Day. You might be used to eating them sweet, with a classic topping of lemon and sugar, ice cream, or melted chocolate – but with a bit of creativity, leftover pancakes can be used in a range of other dishes as a lighter alternative to bread, pasta or other bases.

    Serve along with bacon and eggs for breakfast, use them as an alternative for tortilla wraps or layer them with ricotta, spinach, and tomato sauce to make a ‘pancake lasagne’.

    For a really comforting dessert, we highly recommend making baked pear and caramel pancake pudding – created by Great British Bake Off star, Ruth Clemens.

    In this article, we look at the following:

    *What to make with leftover pancakes
    *Leftover pancakes: Breakfast
    *Leftover pancakes: Lunch
    *Leftover pancakes: Dinner
    *Leftover pancakes: Dessert
    *Leftover pancakes: Baking
    *What to make with leftover pancake batter
    *How to store pancakes
    *How to freeze pancakes
    *How to store pancake batter
    *How to freeze pancake batter

    What to make with leftover pancakes

    Leftover pancakes: Breakfast

    Breakfast pancakes

    If you’re a fan of a hearty fry-up you’ll be glad to know that pancakes are the perfect swap for a slice or two of toast. Opt for smaller, thicker pancakes and serve alongside poached egg, bacon medallions, chestnut mushrooms, and fresh cherry tomatoes with our delicious breakfast pancakes recipe.

    Pancake French toast
    Turn your leftover pancakes into a classic breakfast treat – French toast. It’s simple really; just make them as you would French toast. Dip your cooked pancakes into the egg, sugar, and cinnamon mix and pop on a pan, and cook until golden and delicious. Serve with fresh berries.

    Leftover pancakes: Lunch

    ham and cheese pancake rolls

    Pancakes make a great alternative to tortilla wraps. Grab a crepe-style pancake and load up with your favourite sandwich fillings – bacon, lettuce, and tomato, burrito-style with beans, or how about our ham and cheese pancake rolls (pictured above) the choice is yours. Wrap in tin foil or cling film and pop into the fridge ready for your packed lunch the next day.

    Leftover pancakes: Dinner

    Italian crespelle pancakes 

    Pancakes are so versatile they can be used in both sweet and savoury recipes. Italian crespelle pancakes are packed with garlic, onion, spinach, and ricotta and topped with a rich tomato sauce. Sprinkled with cheese and baked in the oven, this has to be one of the best ways to serve pancakes for dinner.

    Quesadillas or enchiladas are really easy to make with pancakes. You might always associate pancakes as a sweet dish rather than savoury but a sprinkling of cheese, a scoop of tomato sauce and plenty of veggies make one delicious dinner. Turn your pancakes into panchiladas in just a few simple steps.

    Leftover pancakes: Dessert

    Baked pear and caramel pancake

    Transform your pancakes into different desserts. Our favourites have to be pancake bread pudding, pear pancake pudding, and a classic trifle with a pancake layer at the bottom to create the ‘sponge’.

    If you’re looking for an indulgent way to transform your leftover pancake batter try whipping up our baked pear and caramel pancake pudding. The soft, sweetness of the pear and the richness of the caramel work wonders together. All wrapped in a pancake and you’ve got one mouth-watering dessert.

    Pancake bread and butter pudding
    For the bread and butter pudding, tear or cut up the pancakes into small pieces. We’d recommend using thicker pancakes for this dessert. Pour over your custard mix and top with raisins or chocolate chips. Bake in the oven on low heat (160-180C) for about 30 mins.

    Trifle with a pancake ‘sponge’
    For the pancake trifle, all you have to do is replace the sponge fingers or Swiss roll in the base of your favourite trifle recipe with pancakes instead. Leave smaller pancakes as they are but tear the bigger pancakes up to fill the base of the trifle. Delicious!

    Leftover pancakes: Baking

    Crepe cake

    If you’re up for a baking challenge this week, it’s time to roll up your sleeves and get creative with pancakes. This crepe cake is a great way to make the most out of your homemade pancakes. Our cake expert Victoria Threader guides you through making your own in our simple step-by-step recipe.

    Pancake S’mores
    Pancake S’mores are made pretty much like you would make classic S’mores except you’re replacing the biscuits part with pancakes instead. Sandwich with gooey marshmallow and your favourite chocolate bar and serve.

    What to make with leftover pancake batter

    How to make Yorkshire puddings

    There’s really no need to bin your leftover pancake batter especially as you can make so much with it. How about whipping up a batch of Yorkshire puddings using your pancake mix? They’re pretty much the same recipe – you just need a little oil for cooking.

    How to store pancakes

    How to freeze pancakes

    For cooked pancakes, leave them to cool before freezing. Once cooled, pop a few into a sandwich bag – depending on how many you’d want in one sitting or how many members of your family would want some when it comes to reheating. Store in an airtight container or Tupperware for up to 1 month.

    How to defrost and reheat pancakes
    To reheat, take the pancakes out of the sandwich bag – they might be stuck together so leave them to sit on the kitchen side for a while before carefully peeling them apart with a knife. Reheat in the toaster or in the microwave on low heat.

    How to store pancake batter

    How to freeze pancake batter

    When it comes to storing your leftover pancake batter, we’d recommend portioning your batter out. If you don’t think you’re going to use all the leftover mix in one go, separate it into a few sandwich bags.

    Tie and store these in an airtight container or Tupperware. Make sure you label them up so you know what they are. You could also store your leftover pancake batter in an ice cream tray – one ice cube will make a mini pancake.

    How to defrost and reheat pancake batter
    To defrost, your pancake batter, leave it in the fridge overnight or in a bowl of warm water on the kitchen side. Once the mixture has defrosted, cut off the corner of your sandwich bag and carefully pipe your pancake batter into a preheated frying pan and cook.

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