Celebrate Pancake Day 2021 with an irresistible savoury topping

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Make sure these irresistible American-style, bacon pancakes drizzled in maple syrup are on the menu.

Pancake Day is just around the corner, marking the countdown to Easter – and after a long tough winter that’s something to celebrate.

So, what exactly is Pancake Day? Traditionally it’s a time to feast and use up ingredients not eaten during the 40 days of lent such as eggs, fats and dairy. Each year, Pancake Day falls on a Tuesday, this year it’s on 16th February, with the exact date depending on when Easter is. Ash Wednesday (the day after pancake day) marks the start of lent and culminates in Easter Sunday, which falls on 4th April this year.

With lockdown still set to last a while longer, this year’s Pancake Day is the perfect opportunity to indulge and have some fun in the kitchen. If you’ve got kids at home, making pancakes and inventing fun new toppings is a great activity for keeping everyone entertained and learning some new cooking skills. Make sure you pop to your local East of England Co-op to stock up on your pancake day essentials. Click here to find your nearest East of England Co-op food store.

With creativity and indulgence in mind, our Sourced Locally producers have been sharing some tips and recipe inspiration for sweet and savoury pancake toppings. Here you'll find an idea for an irresistable savoury topping, you can also find a recipe for an indulgent sweet topping here. Keep scrolling for a simple recipe for you to make to go with your toppings.

Pancakes topped with The Taste of Suffolk bacon

A delicious treat for breakfast or brunch all year round, make sure these irresistible American-style, bacon pancakes drizzled in maple syrup are on the menu this Pancake Day.


The Taste of Suffolk produces smoked meats using a time-honoured, natural oak smoking technique that has remained unchanged for many years. Available in selected East of England Co-op stores their high quality, locally produced, bacon is an ideal choice to pair with pancakes and drizzle with maple syrup for a salty yet sweet Pancake Day treat.

Pop into the East of England Co-op to see what’s on offer from our Sourced Locally range in your local store. Click here to find your local East of England Co-op.

A simple pancake for you to have with your favourite toppings

  1. Combine 100g of plain four, two large eggs, 250ml of milk, 1 tbsp of oil and a pinch of salt in a bowl and whisk (leave to sit for half an hour to an hour if you’ve got time).

  2. Melt a knob of butter or margarine in a frying pan on a medium heat until it starts to bubble.

  3. Pour the pancake mix into the pan and cook for approximately 1 min on each side until golden (place in an oven on low heat to keep warm as you go).

  4. Serve with your choice of toppings.

Tip: Did you know you can freeze leftover pancake batter or cooked pancakes (layered with baking paper and wrapped in cling film)?