With less than a week to go until Pancake Day, many of us are eagerly anticipating which toppings to pick for our fluffy pancakes or deliciously-thin crepes.
Classic combinations such as lemon and sugar and Nutella and banana are fail-safe options, but in our opinion, you really can’t top a cheese-filled crepe.
From Stilton, mushroom and spinach to cheddar and bacon, cheeses bring a delicious savoury element to what’s often thought of as a sweet dish.
To help you compile your Pancake Day shopping list, we’ve come up with a list of our favourite cheesy fillings to pair with your stack.
We hope you have a flipping wonderful Pancake Day!
- Cheddar, bacon and caramelised onions
Few ingredients go together better than bacon and cheddar cheese, and we think the addition of caramelised onions really is the icing on the cake!
Lay down a base layer of a grated cheddar such as Keen’s Extra Mature Cheddar, before piling on strips of bacon and a generous portion of caramelised onions to ensure the cheese melts and you have the perfect gooey treat.
- Feta, roasted red pepper and pine nut
If you’re looking to go down the Mediterranean route this Pancake Day, we think roasted red peppers and pine nuts pair perfectly with a crumbly feta.
While plain feta would work well in this recipe, if you’re feeling indulgent we’d advise opting for a flavoured variety, such as Blackwoods Graceburn Truffle Cheese.
- Stilton, mushroom and spinach
It’s a tried and tested combination every Pancake Day, but you really can’t beat Stilton, mushroom and spinach.
We like to melt a Stilton-style cheese such as Bath Blue down with some garlic and cream, before adding the mushrooms and spinach and spooning the indulgent mixture over a fresh crepe.
- Dolcelatte, Parma ham and figs
Deciding between a sweet or savoury pancake can be a tricky decision, but a Dolcelatte, Parma ham and fig crepe could be the perfect compromise.
The soft blue and salty Parma ham pair beautifully with the sweet figs, while a light drizzle of balsamic glaze is the perfect finishing touch.
We tested this recipe with Cropwell Bishop Creamery’s soft Beauvale cheese, and it really was *chef’s kiss*.
- Brie, apple and walnut
As well as in savoury offerings, cheeses can be wonderful in sweet recipes – including this brie, apple and walnut combination.
Delicious on either fluffy pancakes or thin crepes, we like to caramelise the apple and walnut in brown sugar, before topping with an oozy brie-style cheese, such as Fen Farm’s Baron Bigod.