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Pancake Day: Flip your own to make your cash go further

Published 4 March 2014 by

It’s Pancake Day! And if you’re thinking of just picking up a pack of readymade pancakes on your way home from work, why not make your own instead?

They’re much nicer and they’re cheaper too, plus you can get additional use out of the ingredients you have leftover – such as by cooking up some Yorkshire puddings or a toad in the hole. So, for the cost of a bag of flour, pint of milk, couple of eggs and some butter, you could get a LOT of pancakes and a couple of other dishes besides!

At thinkmoney, we’re committed to making your money go further. Our ‘jam jar’ personal account separates the money you need each month for bills like your mortgage or rent, utilities and debt repayments, and transfers what’s leftover into the card section of your account for you to spend as you please. It’s rather like having two jam jars – one with a ‘Bills’ label and one with a ‘Spending’ label.

In return for our single monthly management fee, we make budgeting easy by making sure the lid is firmly on the ‘Bills’ jar, and letting you know how much you have available in your ‘Spending’ jar. It really is as simple as that.

As it’s Pancake Day, we thought we’d help to save you money AND liven up your dinnertime by sharing our favourite jam-inspired pancake recipes with you. Let us know what you think - and don’t forget to share your favourite recipes with us on our Facebook, Google+ and Twitter pages.

Basic Pancakes (serves 8)

  • 100g plain flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 300ml milk
  • 50g butter or margarine
  • Pinch of salt

1. Sieve the flour and salt into a mixing bowl and make a small well in the centre, without pressing down on the flour.

2. Crack the eggs and pour them into the dent you’ve made. Gently start whisking the eggs, gradually taking in the flour mixture around them. Don’t worry if it’s a little lumpy at first.

3. Once the eggs are beaten, start to add the milk as you continue to whisk. Make sure you include any flour coating the sides of the bowl.

4. When the batter is smooth, runny and has the consistency of single cream, leave to stand while you heat up the butter. Add 2 tbsp. of this to the batter and whisk.

5. Once all of the butter in the pan has melted and the pan is hot, turn down the heat to medium. Add two tbsp. of batter to the pan and make sure it’s evenly spread across the pan’s base by gently dipping the edges of your frying pan from side to side.

6. Each side of the pancake will take just a minute or two to cook, so once it’s a golden brown colour remove it from the heat, pop on a plate and choose one of our jam-themed fillings below.

Jam and Eton Mess pancake

Danger: this recipe could get messy!

  • 1 carton fresh strawberries
  • 1 small carton double cream
  • 1 jar strawberry jam
  • 1 small packet meringue nests
  • Pancakes

1. Whip the double cream until it’s thick and forms peaks.

2. Separately crush the meringue and then add to the cream and fold in, being careful not to lose the thickness.

3. Cut up your strawberries into fine pieces and then fold these into the cream.

4. Once your pancake is cooked, spread with a thin layer of jam. Top this with your Eton Mess mixture.

5. Now for the messy part – gently roll the pancake until it resembles a loose Swiss roll.

6. Dig in - you’ll probably need to eat it with a knife and fork if you want to avoid a mess!

Jammy Dodger pancake

For this pancake you’ll need a jar of strawberry jam, some shortbread biscuits and a cookie cutter. It works best if you use smaller, thicker American-style pancakes – just follow our recipe below:

To make the pancakes:

  • 225g plain flour
  • 1tbsp. baking powder
  • 1tsp. sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 300ml milk
  • 50g butter or margarine
  • Pinch of salt


  • Strawberry jam
  • Shortbread biscuits

1. Follow the same steps as with the Basic Pancake Recipe but sieve the baking powder and sugar in with the flour before adding the eggs.

2. Heat a pan with a small base and once it’s hot, add one ladle of batter.

3. When the top side of the pancake starts to bubble, turn it over and cook for a further one minute. Serve, and the repeat to make a second pancake.

4. Place the first pancake on a plate and spread with strawberry jam.

5. Crumble up one or two shortbread biscuits and sprinkle around the inside edge of your pancake.

6. Take your second pancake and cut a circle from the centre using the cookie cutter. Place this pancake on top of the other and there you have it – a Jammy Dodger pancake!