4 portions. Maximum cost: £2.85 for fresh ingredients, 

Skill level: Easy, 

Total cooking time: 20 minutes, 

  • Prep time: 10 minutes (ideally make the pancakes the night before), 
  • Cooking time: 10 minutes,

Equipment used: 1 mixing bowl, 1 sieve, 1 whisk, 1 frying pan, 1 small saucepan, 1 bowl (that fits on top of the saucepan),

Original recipe: (BBC Good Food’s) Tiramisu topped pancakes


The original recipe includes sweet desert wine or sherry, however I’ve been looking for an excuse to use a recently purchased bottle of Madeira wine so used this instead. The end result is a boozy, creamy pudding with hints of bitter chocolate and espresso. It doesn’t take long for all the toppings to mush together which looks less pretty but tastes pretty damn good.

For this recipe (and others in the “5 ways” article), start with a basic pancakes recipe:


To prepare:

Sieve 125g plain flour into a large mixing bowl. Make a well in the centre and crack in 1 egg. Measure out 300ml of milk but only add a little to the flour and egg mixture to start and whisk. Continue adding the milk gradually whilst whisking to ensure that the batter has no lumps.  Cover and leave in the fridge overnight. (Don’t ask why, just do as you’re told)


To cook:

(original recipe in bold font)

Mix 150ml double cream with 50-75ml sweet dessert wine or sherry to taste, then whisk together until thick. Melt 50g dark chocolate and set aside. To serve, spread 4 pancakes with the cream, then fold. Drizzle each one with 1-2 tsp freshly-brewed espresso coffee and the melted chocolate, and dust each with a pinch of cocoa powder.



All prices from Sainsbury’s, Feb 2017

For the pancakes:

  • 300ml milk (£1 for 4 pints)
  • 125g plain flour (50p for 500g)
  • 1 egg (25p each)

For the topping:

  • 150ml double cream (60p)
  • 75ml sweet desert wine / sherry / Madeira
  • 50g dark chocolate (£2 for 100g of the fancy variety)
  • freshly brewed espresso coffee (I used instant)
  • cocoa pudding to dust


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