We love food-based holidays. Roast turkey and stuffing day, chocolate egg day, chocolate hearts day… it’s all gravy, baby (or at least the first is).

The most culinary (and competitive!) of them all is almost finally here: Pancake Day. Astound your family with your flipping skills, mourn the hundreds of thousands of wasted ‘first tries’, be blinded by errantly squirting lemon juice… or use our recipes, and have the BEST breakfast/brunch of year, just by adding coffee. And lots of it.

Espresso coffee pancake recipe

Ingredients:

  • 120g flour
  • 2tbsp sugar
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 1tsp baking soda
  • 1/4tsp salt
  • 240ml buttermilk (give it a shake)
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 shots Pact Coffee espresso
  • 1tbsp unsalted butter.

Method:

  1. Melt butter in the microwave and allow to cool
  2. In a medium-sized bowl, combine the dry ingredients (flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt)
  3. In a separate (smaller) bowl beat the egg, then add to this the buttermilk, coffee and butter
  4. Combine the wet and dry ingredients and mix. You’ll know it’s ready when the mixture is well-combined, but still slightly lumpy
  5. Heat a non-stick fry pan, and spray with oil. Once it’s hot, use a tablespoon to measure out batter on the pan
  6. Leave each pancake to cook for about 2-3 minutes before flipping
  7. Serve warm with a topping of your choice. Some pretty tasty additions include butter, maple syrup or chocolate sauce

Coffee-flavoured syrup recipe

It’s easy - 250ml of strong coffee, 220g of white sugar, 1-2tsp of vanilla essence. Heat the coffee and sugar on the hob, bring to the boil, then turn down and simmer for 15 minutes. Allow to reduce, add your vanilla essence and hey presto - a delicious coffee-flavoured syrup! Drizzle liberally…

Coffee whipped cream recipe

Even easier. Two cups of heavy cup, ½ cup of icing sugar, and 2tsp instant coffee granules (though we think espresso-grind fresh coffee could work!). Beat until there’s stiff peaks, and dollop on for a dreamily indulgent breakfast you’ll love.

Pair with a complementary coffee

It wouldn’t be complete with a cup of the hot stuff itself. We’d say couple it with something to suit the ‘I deserve nice things’ vibe, with rich chocolatey flavours. If you’re a filter drinker, go with a classic cup of Planalto- malt chocolate flavours and sugary sweetness working well with your meal. Espresso fan? Try Bourbon Cream Espresso. It tastes, you guessed it, like bourbon creams - deliciously biscuity, with chocolate cream vibes. Lush.


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