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Beer pancakes | Celebrate Pancake Day 2020 with beerHow to make fluffy, bluebeery pancakes

Shrove Tuesday is coming up, so it’s time to get ready for some delicious pancakes. It’s the perfect opportunity to get creative and try out some new recipes. So why not bake some pancakes with beer this year?

The day of feasting

Shrove Tuesday is traditionally the last opportunity for indulging in a feast before the fasting season begins. Especially food items like eggs and milk, which are the essential ingredients for pancakes, were not allowed during the fasting period. Hence, these foods had to be used up and the tradition of eating pancakes before Ash Wednesday established.  This tradition is still very much present in the UK and Pancake Day is celebrated all over the country. 

Pancakes with beer

What else shouldn’t be missing at a feast? You got it: Beer! That’s why we tried some delicious pancakes with beer and it turns out that it’s actually a great ingredient. The carbonation of the beer makes the pancake light and fluffy. It also comes very handy if you want to avoid dairy, ran out of milk or are vegan. The recipe is very simple and the milk is simply replaced by beer.

The question arises, what beer to take? Different beers will give a different twist to the pancake. There’s not really a right or wrong. For blueberry pancakes, for instance, a Saison, like Oedipus Mannenliefde, pairs nicely. Another option would be the Sonnen Borgh from De Leckere. For lemony pancakes, you could go with a Belgian ale, such as the St. Feuillien Grand Cru, which will add a fruity touch. For pancakes with bacon, you could for instance add the Brewdog Elvis Juice or another IPA. Best (and also the most fun) is to try it yourself and just experiment!

For our recipe we used the Oedipus Mannenliefde. 


  • 1 mug of flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 egg (or 1 ripe banana)
  • 1 mug of beer (e.g. Oedipus Mannenliefde)
  • ½ cup of sugar
  • splash of salt


  • blueberries
  • maple syrup

First add all the dry ingredients together and then add the beer and egg (or banana). Mix them until there are no lumps left. Heat up a bit of oil in the pan (make sure to not use too much oil) and add a bit of batter on medium heat. Flip it after about 2-3 minutes on the other side. It’s normal that some pancakes will get messed up, so don’t worry about it too much. You will find the rhythm that works for you. Best is to serve the pancakes while they’re still warm. Just add the toppings and enjoy your beery pancakes!

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