5 Easy Pancake Recipes From Around The World

We may not be able to physically travel at the moment, but we can at least do so with our tastebuds! Why not get a taste of exciting destinations through delicious international recipes?

Today just happens to be Pancake Day, so what better place to start than with a selection of recipes for this humble food created from simple batter?

We've rounded up some great variations that you can recreate in your own kitchens in anticipation of your next holiday with Brightwater. So, why not join us in a gastronomic journey from Iceland to Italy, as we go around the world in five pancakes.  

Iceland: Pönnukökur

If you've been to Iceland already, you might know that the locals like to start their day with a pönnukökur. Eaten for festive occasions as well as being an everyday food, the Icelandic pancake is similar to a French crêpe, but made with more ingredients and cooked in a traditional skillet that heats incredibly quickly and cooks the pancake fast. Gently flavoured with cardamom, it's easy to eat three or four of these in one sitting!


  • Plain flour
  • Sugar
  • Baking soda
  • 2 eggs
  • 1-2 tsp cardamom (or sub with vanilla)
  • Butter Milk

Find a great recipe here.

View our Iceland holiday here

Japan: Jiggly pancakes

If you frequent any food blogs or follow trends on social media websites, you may have seen videos of golden Japanese pancakes jiggling in trays over the past year. These pancakes have become incredibly popular and after sampling a few it's easy to understand why!


  • Self-raising flour
  • Baking powder
  • Golden caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • Milk
  • Vanilla extract

To make these yourself, try the BBC Good Food recipe here.

Browse our popular Japan itinerary here

Italy: Crespelle

Looking for a savoury version for Pancake Day? Well, how about Italian crespelle? These delicious pancakes are perfect for filling with ricotta and spinach, and rolling up in a baking dish before being covered with a rich sauce and popped into the oven - not unlike cannelloni!


  • Plain flour
  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Butter
  • Passata
  • Ricotta
  • Spinach
  • Nutmeg

For the full recipe, why not try Italy Magazine's crespelle here

Browse our range of Italy holidays here

France: Crêpes

A staple in many of our breakfast routine, the crêpe is incredibly versatile and can be filled with either sweet or savoury fillings. From bananas with dulce de leche to spinach and ricotta, there's nothing quite like a crêpe, and with a list of ingredients you may already have in your kitchen cupboard it's an easy treat to whip up at a moment's notice. 


  • Unsalted butter
  • Plain flour
  • Milk
  • 1 large egg

A recipe we love is from Nigella Lawson's fabulous book, Feast. Find the recipe online here

View our France holidays here

Nepal: Newari Bara

Should you find yourself in wonderful Nepal, we would recommend looking for these delicious little lentil pancakes on the menus you come across. 


  • Dried split black lentils
  • Minced ginger
  • Cumin powder
  • Salt
  • Pinch on turmeric
  • Plain flour
  • Milk 
  • 1 egg

There's a great recipe for these pancakes here

View our Bhutan & Nepal tour here

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5 Easy Pancake Recipes From Around The World was published on 15 February 2021