In much of the Christian world, pancakes are made to celebrate Shrove Tuesday. Traditionally as a reason to make use of all remaining flour and sugar, just before the season of Lent.
Whether you’re a fan of the European crepe-style, almost paper-thin filled pancake, or a simple sheet dusted with sugar and a hint of lemon juice, or the thicker, more bite texture of the American styled pancake (yes, those served with maple syrup and bacon) or the miniature sized Scotch pancakes, the perfection of a pancake lies not only in the batter mix, but also in a suitably heavy-bottomed, smooth surfaced pan.
Of course while pancake flipping is not strictly an essential skill or pre-requisite to the yummiest pancake, having just the right type of pan, makes flipping possible and even easy!
Perfect for the large varieties of pancake the crepe and the American styled, these pans offer a larger surface area that will allow for the spreading out of the batter for crepes, or a more controlled dispensing for the smaller sized pancake.
Le Creuset Cast Iron Crepe Pan, 28 cm (11.02-inch)
The Le Creuset crepe pan is a beautiful way to make crepes, and other sweet or savoury recipe pancakes. It retains heat longer given it is cast iron and will not react to acidic food. The enamelled cast iron surface provides even heating to ensure that the crepe or pancake cooks thoroughly and evenly. A traditional wooden batter spreader is also included to help make better crepes. As with all Le Creuset Cast Iron cookware, the phenolic knobs and handles are oven safe to 450°F/232°C, not that you need to would need to put the crepe pan in the oven.
- Le Creuset Cast Iron Crepe Pan 27cm
- Le Creuset Cast Iron Crepe Pan 32cm
Tefal Just Brownie Crêpière Pan, 34 cm (13.4-inch) – BIGGER
The Tefal Just Brownie comes in several sizes from small 25cm to the biggest 34 cm. It has a durable non stick coating with the pan made from aluminium and has an insulated handle. Not suitable for induction hob.
Mastrad Crepe Pan 28cm (11-inch)
Mastrad Crepe Pan is suitable for all types of hob including induction. The non-stick coating is highly resistant and the pan is made from hand cast aluminium for even heat distribution.
Also: Mastrad Crepe Pan 25cm (9.8-inch)
If you intend to only use the pans occassionally and do not wish to splash out on an expansive pan, these budget option may just be for you.
Made from hard anodised iron, the pan is dense, nonporous and highly wear resistant with a stainless steel handle for that professional look and performance. The patented non-stick cooking surface is reinforced with titanium which makes it great for non-fat cooking and easy clean-up. But the real advantage of the pan is the low rim, perfect for cooking pancakes and crepes, making flipping with or without a spatula easy. The pan is also oven safe to 500 degrees Fahrenheit but is not suitable for induction hobs.
Calphalon Contemporary Hard-Anodized Aluminum Nonstick Cookware, Square Griddle Pan 11-inch – SQUARE
This heavy-gauge, hard anodized aluminium square pan ensures that heat is spread evenly throughout. The pan has three layers of nonstick coating for even better durability and performance. This one of a kind square pancake pan that is not only suitable for pancakes but great for making French inspired Gateau Millie Crepes, pancake cake. The handle is made of stainless steel riveted to the pan and stay cool on the hob during cooking. Y0u can also use it as a griddle to cook fish or meat as the flat surface is large enough for several servings. Its slender lip is enough to contain liquids and fats while making it easy to flip the food with a spatula.
Scotch Pancakes for the Little Ones
For fans of the almost-bite sized Scotch pancakes also known as drop pancakes, Scotch pancake pans will allow up to 7 to be made in one go. Some even with the child-friendly option of smiley faces or snowflakes.
Norpro 3117 Cast Iron Plett Pan – SCOTCH PANCAKES
Waste no time at all with this cast iron pan that makes 7 small scotch pancakes at any one time. Each pancake mould measures 2.5-inches in diameter and as it is made of cast iron, y0u only need a slow fire and heat will be conducted and spread evenly to all the pan cakes. The pan measures 9-inches in diameter and the handle is 5.5-inches long. It is recommended that the cast iron pan be hand washed, rinsed thoroughly and dry with paper towel as oppose to soaking.
Nordic Ware Smiley Face Pancake Pan – SCOTCH PANCAKES
The Nordic Ware Smiley Face Pancake Pan has 7 different fun smiley faces to make 7 unique scotch pancakes great with kids and big kids. The heat relfective exterior ensures uniform browning. Non-stick coasting makes cleaning easy and it comes with a heat proof handle. The pan measures 17 1/2-Inch by 2 1/4-Inch by 10 1/2-Inch.
Nordic Ware Snowflake Pancake Pan – SCOTCH PANCAKES
Also from Nordic Ware but with a different mould, this time a more festive, Christmas Snowflake patters. There are altogether 7 different snowflake designs. Great for the season.