Pancake Day, also known as Shrove Tuesday, is on March 4 this year (2014) because of a late Easter. But don't let the long wait catch you unawares - planning your recipes in advance can make Pancake Day really special for the family.
We all know the traditional British Shrove Tuesday pancake is served with a simple topping of sugar and lemon juice. But there is a whole world of flavour to be explored through the humble pancake. How about blueberry, or coconut or duck?
We've collected our favourite variations on the pancake for you to try out at home.
Basic pancakes with sugar and lemon
The original and best recipe for basic pancakes. Top with syrup, lemon and sugar, jam... whatever you fancy.
Banana and coconut pancakes
An exotic twist on basic pancakes from Paul Frangie - the chef behind This Dude Knows Food.
An American-style breakfast classic, perfect served in a fluffy stack with plenty of syrup. Recipe from our resident cooking queen Katie Bryson.
Strawberry, toasted almond and caramel pancakes
A sweet treat full of fruity flavours and a delicious nutty crunch. You can replace the strawberries with your favourite fruit.
French crepes with apples
Crepes always seem a bit fancier than pancakes, don't they? Luckily, there's nothing fancy about this easy-as-pie recipe.
Strawberry, blueberry and cinnamon pancakes
Fruity with a warming waft of cinnamon, these pancakes are a perfect way to say goodbye to winter and hello to spring.
Crispy duck pancakes with cucumber, peppers and hoi sin sauce
If your tastes run more to the savoury, you'll love this version of the traditional Chinese duck pancake. Kids will love to build their own helping.
Sweetcorn and red onion pancakes
Another savoury take on the pancake, this one packed with guilty-free crunchy veg and smothered in a lip-smacking sweet chilli sauce.
Spelt flour pancakes with rhubarb and cardamom
Tangy rhubarb and warm cardamom complement each other perfectly in this recipe.
Chocolate chip crêpes
These chocolate crêpes are a real treat. Follow the recipe with this handy video.