Pancake toppings: 10 delicious sweet and savoury topping ideas to try

Published 25th Feb 2020
Updated 9 th Aug 2023

If you are planning to tuck into a feast of pancakes, there are plenty of tasty topping options to choose from.

Whether you are a savoury fan, or totally sweet-tooth, here are 10 delicious topping ideas to enjoy on your pancakes.

Eggs benedict

Give your pancakes a breakfast or brunch twist, and top with a poached egg and hollandaise sauce. You can add a couple of slices of streaky bacon too, if you want something extra indulgent.

Jam and cream

A scone loaded with jam and cream is a classic British dessert, so why not add a twist to the sweet delight and try it as a pancake topping instead?

And a generous layer of strawberry or raspberry jam to your pancake stack, and top with a dollop of clotted or whipped cream.

Bananas, salted caramel and chocolate

If you are something of a sweet-tooth, this melt-in-the mouth combination is sure to hit the spot.

Slice up some bananas and evenly distribute over your pancake stack, before adding a drizzle of salted caramel, chocolate and topping with some chopped hazelnuts for a bit of crunch.

Smoked ham and cheese

Give this tasty combination of smoked ham and melted cheese a try if you have a preference for savoury options. Add a dash of crushed black pepper, chives or chopped peppers for an added kick of flavour.

Mixed fruit

Offering a sweet rush without being too unhealthy, a mixed fruit topping can be just as satisfying as a helping of chocolate.

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Try a combination of strawberries, raspberries, blackcurrants and blueberries for a sharp flavour, and add a drizzle of fruit coulis, ice cream, or fresh cream to finish.

How do you eat yours? (Photo: Shutterstock)

How do you eat yours? (Photo: Shutterstock)


Who can resist the lure of Nutella on pancake day? Delicious on its own, or with the addition of chopped nuts, ice cream, or fruit, Nutella is a must for all chocolate fans.

Smoked salmon

Another brunch-inspired option, add some smoked salmon to your pancakes and top with cream cheese, a drizzle of lemon and a dash of dill or chives.

And if you’re feeling peckish, why not add a poached eggs and sliced avocado into the mix?

Lemon and sugar

It’s an old favourite, but popular for a reason. Simple and easy to prepare, just add a drizzle of lemon and a sprinkle of sugar to your pancakes or crepes for a delicious treat.

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Bacon and maple syrup

Bring a taste of American cuisine to your Pancake Day celebrations with this winning combination of sugary maple syrup and crispy bacon, that is sure to satisfy both sweet and savoury fans.

Chocolate orange

If you enjoy zesty flavours but want something a bit different to the classic lemon, why not try a drizzle of fresh orange, or orange syrup instead?

To balance the citrus flavour, add a sprinkling of melted chocolate and some chopped nuts for a delicious chocolate orange combination.

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