The excitement of creating flour-filled masterpieces often gets us through the first few filling pancakes on Shrove Tuesday. However, there’s no doubt, failing to have any room for another bite can often leave us with a batch of unused mix.
If you’re left with a jug of leftover mix then do not fret as these simple recipes can help you create some yummy treats for everyone. There are some coffee recipes and pancake quesadillas are also a great alternative.
Research from UK coffee retailer Coffee Friend discovered six of the most popular options for how to get the best out of any leftover pancake mix. So let’s see the best ways to use that leftover mix before it goes to waste.
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Make A Coffee Cake
Making a cake from your leftover mix is an easy way to make something doubly as delicious.
You’ll need to add some baking soda, sugar, vanilla extract and oil to your existing mix to give it that cake feel and taste, then butter a loaf tin and preheat the oven to 180C.
Place the mix in the baking tin and top with a mixed combination of cinnamon, butter and crushed Biscoff biscuits to give your cake that crunchy topping before cooking for 30 minutes.
If the TikTok trend is anything to go by, many people have been inspired to make their own cereal from leftover pancake mix.
To make the latest viral sensation, just place your batter into an empty (and cleaned) ketchup bottle and squeeze small dollops into a hot, buttered frying pan. Flip when cooked. Each separate splodge should rise and cook into a tiny cereal piece.
Add milk or syrup to the mix once cooled down. There you have it, pancake cereal – which you can mix with chocolate, fruit or whatever you like.
Sunday’s Yorkshire Puddings
As most people know, pancake mix is effectively the same as what is used for Yorkshire Puddings – so this is an obvious decision.
Place your batter into the oiled holes of a baking tray and place in the oven for 20mins on 200C.
These are great for a Sunday roast or even a Toad in the Hole.
Give your pancake mix a Mexican twist by turning it into quesadillas. Create eight small, thin pancakes with the remaining leftovers and leave on the side.
Once cooled, place four of them in a greased baking tray or on baking sheets and scatter over grated cheese, sliced peppers and tomatoes. Top them with the remaining four pancakes.
Place in the oven for 5 mins until the cheese melts and top with avocado, salad and any other fresh ingredients you want to accompany your quesadillas with.
Similar to the quesadilla idea, your mix can be used as a pizza base. Use your leftovers to create thicker pancakes, whatever size and quantity that may be.
Make sure you cook one side fully until it browns and the other side for less time. Then remove them from the pan and add tomato puree, cheese and whatever toppings you might like to the lesser cooked side.
Then place them under the grill until the toppings are cooked and the cheese has melted (around five minutes)
Popcorn Pancake Chicken
This is probably the most creative idea. You’ll need some dry pancake mix or flour for this one.
Heat a generous amount of vegetable oil in a deep-sided frying pan. Meanwhile, cover the cubed chicken breast in the flour or dry pancake mix, shaking off any excess. Then dip the covered chicken cubes in the pancake mix.
Fry the pieces for two or three minutes on each side and remove from the oil and dry on some kitchen roll. Continue the process until all of the chicken is covered and cooked.
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