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Pancake Day is the perfect excuse to tuck into a stack of fresh pancakes, but there are many other fillings and toppings other than the classic lemon and sugar.

From sweet to savoury, here are some pancake recipes from around the world to take you from dinner to pudding.


Crêpes are thin, large pancakes made by smoothing batter over an oiled pan. Cover in caster sugar, fresh orange juice, orange zest, lemon juice, butter and Grand Marnier or Cointreau for a classic Crêpes Suzette recipe.


A Dutch baby pancake, sometimes called a German pancake or a Bismarck, looks more like a Yorkshire pudding – and is derived from the German "pfannkuchen". It is made with eggs, flour, sugar and milk and seasoned with vanilla and cinnamon, also occasionally with fruit. It is generally served with lemon, butter and powdered sugar.

A Dutch baby pancake with powdered sugar Wiki Commons


Roti jala are savoury pancakes that often include turmeric to create their yellow colour. Served as a side dish, they are poured using a ladle with holes in the bottom to create a "net" pattern. Serve alongside a curry. Try this recipe on for the perfect roti jala.


Spice up Shrove Tuesday with a savoury pancake filling made from potatoes, green lentils, chilli and ginger. This BBC recipe takes 30 minutes to cook and feeds four people.


American pancakes are thick and fluffy, compared to French crêpes. You need three large free-range eggs, 115g plain flour, one heaped teaspoon of baking powder, 140ml of milk and one pinch of salt, according to a recipe by Jamie Oliver. Top with bacon and maple syrup or blueberries for a delicious meal.

American-style pancakes served with blueberries Wiki Commons


Potato pancakes are shallow-fried pancakes of grated or ground potato, flour and egg, often flavoured with grated onion or garlic and seasoning. Called placki ziemniaczane in Polish, they are also found in other eastern European countries. They are often covered in meat stew, goulash or mushroom sauce, and covered in sour cream.


You can use crêpes or shop-bought normal pancakes to create a wonderful Italian savoury dish for Shrove Tuesday. Rather like traditional cannelloni, top the pancakes with meatballs, spinach and ricotta and roll into a tube. Cover in mozzarella and bake.