How to Make The Best Ever Pancakes

Best ever pancake ingredients

By Steve Smith at Michelin Starred Bohemia

Pancake Day is “crêping” up on us so we asked Head Chef Steve Smith from the Michelin Starred Bohemia in Jersey to share his tips on how to make the pancakes of dreams this Shrove Tuesday.

Steve’s 5 top tips for pancakes:

1.       Better Batter

Ensure that you have good batter by keeping all of the ingredients at room temperature. Mix the dry ingredients in one bowl and the wet ingredients in another. Incorporate the two bowls of ingredients by making a well in the dry ingredients and pouring in the wet mixture. Stir gently until all of the ingredients are combined and moist. Don’t worry about the lumps in the batter! Once they are on the griddle they will cook out fine. If you overwork the batter the pancakes will turn out tough and chewy.

2.       Rest the Batter

It may be difficult to resist but it is crucial to allow the batter to rest for a minimum of five minutes. This will give the gluten, which you have created from mixing the batter, time to relax and for the lumps in the batter to smooth out. This will give the pancakes a thick consistency and they will turn out fluffier. The rest period will give you time to clean up and prep your pancake toppings.

Pancake bater in a bowl

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3.       Add Flavour

If you are bored of your usual pancakes with lemon and sugar, add flavour into the batter instead. My favourite ingredients to add include spices, citrus zest, herbs, ginger, cinnamon, vanilla extract, chocolate chips, raisins, cheese or sweetcorn!

4.         Make it Fun

Make shapes with your pancakes by pouring the batter into a metal pastry cutter or mould. Alternatively you can pour the batter into a squeeze bottle and draw your design directly onto the pan.

 Pancakes in a heart-shaped mould

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5.       Keep Them Warm

Pancakes are best enjoyed fresh from the pan, but if you do make a whole batch at once keep them warm by arranging them in a single layer on an oiled cooking rack. Place them in a preheated oven at 80°C for a maximum of 15 minutes.

Steve in the Bohemia kitchen

Steve in the Bohemia kitchen

Bohemia Bar & Restaurant, Green Street, St. Helier, Jersey JE2 4UH, Channel Islands. For reservations please call: 01534 880 588 or visit

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Allison Hay

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