I love pancakes. I can’t think of a pancake day where I have never eaten pancakes. Classic lemon and sugar, chocolate sauce topped pancakes, fruit toppings, ice cream… I love it all.
Marks & Spencer are known for their amazing food – and let me tell you, the pancake collection this year certainly doesn’t disappoint!
Here’s an amusing pancake themed story for you… My hometown is Olney in Buckinghamshire, a market town made famous by its annual pancake race. (You’ll always see it on the local news). One year, when I was in middle school, I ran in the Olney children’s pancake race and at the end of the race an American lady asked to have a photo with me, I obliged but I remember modestly saying “but I didn’t win!” ..little did I know that over 10 years later the photo would resurface from across the pond and be placed in the local Phonebox magazine in a bid to track me down… true story. I ended up writing a little piece for the magazine saying “it’s me”, and myself and the lady kept in contact for a little while which was nice.
Anyways, back to the pancake goodies!
Sunday morning was a very delicious morning for sure. First of all we tried the blueberry pancakes, which we topped with the lemon, gin & tonic sauce and a few blueberries for good measure (see first image). Oh wow. What a combination of flavours. As soon as Ian opened up the packet he said “Wow! These smell amazing!” – they smelt just like blueberry muffins. Now I’m not a gin drinker myself, but I loved the lemon, gin & tonic sauce. It’s a lemon curd based sauce and has the texture of this too. It went so well with the blueberry pancakes.
This was then followed up with a rather fancy combination of buttermilk pancakes and Scottish heather honey and single malt whiskey sauce, to which we also added some fresh raspberries. Again, this was one gorgeous combination of flavours. The sauce smells quite powerful when you first open it, so we weren’t sure at first if it would be too much. However, we let it sink into the pancakes and didn’t pile it on. It was perfect. The raspberries cut nicely through the sauce too.
I think we did pretty well pairing these pancake flavours together!
Sunday was actually my dad’s birthday, so we took the rest of the pancakes we bought and the sauces over to my parents’ house to give it all a try.
Honestly, everything is so amazing! I sat there after trying all the pancake flavours, sauces and conserves and genuinely had no idea how to pick my favourites for this blog post. So if anything here takes your fancy, I’d recommend trying it as I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.
Other pancakes we tried…
Raisin and maple – so delicious. You can really taste the maple in this and the raisins are a very welcomed addition. I loved this with the sticky toffee sauce and the fruity raspberry sauce.
Scotch pancakes – you can’t go wrong with this classic. Perfect with the conserves or drizzled with the indulgent Belgian chocolate sauce.
Mandarin orange – I was so intrigued to try this and it was as yummy as I’d hoped! So good with the Belgian chocolate sauce, because you can’t beat a chocolate orange combo can you? This was definitely a favourite of both mine and Ian’s.
Other sauces we tried…
Blackberry bramble & gin conserve
Rhubarb raspberry & rose conserve – I loved both of these conserves, but I think the hint of rose flavouring in this one makes this one my favourite.
Sticky toffee sauce – a real favourite!
Belgian chocolate sauce – another favourite!
Really raspberry sauce – this is really fruity and lovely.
Besides all the deliciousness we tried… the pancake collection at Marks & Spencer doesn’t end there! In store you’ll find packs of pancakes with lemon sauce included, chocolate chip pancakes, buttermilk pancakes with butterscotch sauce, packs of mini pancakes (so cute!) and they even have “made without wheat” pancakes too!
Out of the pancakes we tried, some can simply be warmed up in the microwave (hello convenience!), some can be pan fried or toasted instead.
Do you live in the Leigton Buzzard area? Then you’ll be pleased to hear that Marks & Spencer are opening a brand new Foodhall in Grovebury Retail Park today! (Wednesday 20th February)
Apart from all their gorgeous food, the store will also provide us with the full range of clothing and home items via the Click and Collect service. There’s even an option for next day pick up if you order by 10pm, and returns to the store are free of charge – perfect.
Emma Wyeth, Store Manager said, “The team has been working so hard to get ready for the opening and it’s been brilliant to see the community turn out to support us today. The shelves are bursting with everything from lunches to go, to everyday essentials, to dinners perfect for sharing with family and friends. We’re excited to be part of the Leighton Buzzard community and we can’t wait to get to know our local customers.”
Store opening hours are as follows: Monday to Saturday 8am – 9pm and Sunday 11am – 5pm.
Head on over to the Marks & Spencer website to find out more.
*AD: This post is sponsored by Marks & Spencer, but all words and thoughts are my own as always.