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Holy crêpe! It’s pancake wars

23 Feb 2017

Pancake Day’s fast approaching and there’s a battle royal brewing as big as Trump V the rest of the world. The French crêpe is getting some serious competition from the American stack. I’m no cook. I know, shocker. But I do try and flip a pancake from time to time (usually ending in me flipping out by 5.37pm). The result? A burnt, crumpled uncooked mess. The kids walk off hungry and bored by the time offer up a vaguely edible example onto their plate. Wafer thin of thick and fluffy, Natalie, owner street food business Hack The Stack, is firmly on Team USA, here she tells us why…

For decades, pancakes have been a staple meal for Americans. Every diner in the states has stacks on their menu and can be ordered at any time of the day – and they’re always served with maple syrup and butter. American pancakes are thick and wholesome yet light and fluffy. Their texture provides an amazing foundation for a range of sweet and savoury toppings. As crêpes are thin and less stable they can only really handle a few toppings. American stacks traditionally come with 3 pancakes, giving you 3 levels to get creative with different combinations of flavours and textures! It’s stacks all the way!

Hack The Stack prides itself in using quality ingredients to ensure that, not only do the pancakes taste amazing, but nutrition is at the forefront of our products. Buckwheat flour is an ancient grain that is naturally gluten free and easier for the body to digest. Added sugar is not required in the pancake mix as the toppings is where you can add the sweet or savory element. Pancakes are very much like the bread, what you put on top is what will make it healthy or a bit naughty.

If you fancy trying your own, here’s the recipe. I can’t give you my exact mix. It’s a closely-guarded secret and I may have to kill you.

Before you start, make sure you:

  1. Use the best quality flour, eggs and the best vanilla extract you can afford
  2. Make the mix the night before, pour it into any bottle that has a screw top cap and leave overnight. When you open the cap in the morning, it will fizz and that’s your signal to start cookin’ pancakes!


1 Cup Buckwheat Flour

1 Cup Self Raising Flour

1 ½ Cups Milk

4 Eggs

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp bicarbonate soda

2 tsp vanilla extract

2 tsp cinnamon


It’s so tough to choose one! There are so many flavours we’ve put together for our menu. I’ll try to narrow it down to 2: Taste of Paradise: mango, kiwi, and passion fruit served with coconut yoghurt, pistachio granola and passion fruit coulis; and Monkey Nuts: caramelised banana, peanut butter, chocolate chips drizzled with Belgium chocolate.

If you want to sample Natalie’s epic stacks, you’ll find Hack The Stack at lots of different street food markets, pop-up events and festivals across the south. Visit, or follow Hack The stack on Facebook, twitter and Instagram for up to date info as well as mouth -watering pictures of the latest creations! Oh, and if you love in the Reading and Caversham area you can use Deliveroo and a stack delivered straight to your door. (Now you’re talking!)


1 comment on “Holy crêpe! It’s pancake wars”
  • Jenny February 23, 2017

    I was lucky enough to try one of Hacks the Stacks pancakes whilst I was out of town in Oxford travelling. When are you coming to Essex please ? they were simply the most delicious pancakes we had ever tasted . Cant wait, wont wait !…


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