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Top 5 ways to use up pancake batter


Turn your leftover pancake batter into a sumptuous Italian family supper, moreish Mexican feast or stunning layered dessert with our expert guide.

Couldn’t battle your way through your pile of pancakes this Shrove Tuesday and have batter left to boot? Don't worry, you’re among friends, but we believe pancake mix is as precious as liquid gold and throwing it in the bin is tantamount to a serious crime. To save yourself from ignominy, try our top leftover pancake batter recipes, without a spoonful of sugar or squeeze of lemon in sight.


Whether you're all about the sweet stack or craving a savoury pancake supper, our pancake recipe collection has something for you. 

1. Pancake cannelloni

Pancake bake in dish and on plate

Like pasta? Like pancakes? This could be the recipe you’ve been looking for – combine Italian-style meatballs, fresh spinach and creamy ricotta and simply top with a gooey mozzarella layer. Dinner is done.

Pancake cannelloni

2. Quesadilla pancakes 

Quesadillas with dip on board

Bring a Mexican twist to your leftovers with these moreish quesadillas stuffed with savoury red peppers, cheese, spicy beans and avocado. They make a lovely lunch option to share with friends and are bound to be a hit with kids too.

Quesadilla pancakes

3. Crispy pancakes with creamy chicken & bacon

Pancakes on tray with slice

Turn some extra crêpes into a nostalgic dinner that kids and adults will both love. Stuff your pancakes with a deliciously creamy chicken filling and bake until piping hot and crisp. Serve with a simple salad or even a hearty helping of baked beans for a filling family favourite. 

Crispy pancakes with creamy chicken & bacon

4. Cheese & ham pancake roll-ups 

Cheesy pancake bake in dish

Got a little chef under your roof? Get them busy in the kitchen with this child-friendly recipe. Flip your pancakes as usual and scatter with ham, spinach and cheese then help small hands do the rolling to create a cheesy bake of pure perfection.

Cheese & ham roll-ups

5. Blood orange crêpe cake 

Crepe cake with orange slices on plate

If you’re entertaining after pancake day then this is a spectacular way to use up leftover mix, treat your friends to a citrusy orange pancake extravaganza, layered with orange custard and topped with caramelised fruit – they’ll be begging to visit again.

Blood orange crêpe cake

Enjoyed these dishes? Try our other pancake recipes...

How to make crêpes
Best boozy pancake recipes
How to make fluffy pancakes
Unusual pancake fillings and flavours


Do you have any top tips for using up pancake batter? Or have you tried any of our recipes? We'd love to hear your thoughts and ideas... 

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