Rainbow Pancakes

11 February 2021

Why not create a rainbow this pancake day? This BBC Goodfood recipe provides a tasty little nod to thank all the NHS and frontline workers for their hard work over the past year.

Transform your pancake day with just a few drops of food colouring. Great for entertaining kids, creating photogenic food or simply just brightening up a winter's day.

What’s even better is that these super fluffy american style pancakes are deliciously moreish. The perfect treat!


  • 200g self raising flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp golden caster sugar
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 200ml milk
  • 3 eggs
  • 25g butter , melted, plus extra for frying
  • red, yellow, green and blue gel food colouring


Step 1
Put all the pancake ingredients, except the dye, in a bowl and mix well with a whisk until smooth. Divide the batter into 5 bowls or disposable cups. Use the food colouring to dye 4 of them a different colour, leaving one plain.

Step 2
Melt a small knob of butter in a large non-stick frying pan over a medium-low heat. Once foaming, put spoonfuls of the pancake batter into the pan and shape into 4-5cm circles with the back of your spoon, you should have enough to make 4 pancakes from each coloured batter. Cook for 2-3 mins then flip over and cook the other side for another minute or until cooked through and ever so slightly golden.

Step 3
Stack the pancakes so that everyone gets one of each colour. Serve with fresh fruit, cream or ice cream and a drizzle of maple syrup if you like.