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Welsh Pancakes (Crempogau) for St David’s Day

Welsh Pancakes

Welsh Pancakes, aka crempogau, are delicious in their own right. Here they’re served with a savoury leek & mushroom chocolate sauce. But you can just as well drizzle them with maple syrup, a sweet chocolate sauce or fruit curd instead.

Occasionally, CT likes to explore his Welsh heritage. When we woke up this morning, he announced, “it’s the 1st of March, St David’s Day. Why don’t we have leeks?”. Well why not indeed. With Shrove Tuesday fast approaching, pancakes were on my mind and I’d been planning to make some for breakfast, so why not make them savoury. In fact, why not go one step further and make Welsh pancakes.

Welsh Pancakes or Crempogau

Crempog, as it is known in Welsh, is a small thick pancake resembling a Scotch pancake. It’s less sweet and fatty than its better known American cousin, but is normally served with sugar or golden syrup. Traditionally, Welsh pancakes or Crempogau are cooked on a bakestone, rather like Welsh cakes. Sadly, we don’t have one of those, so a frying pan had to suffice.

  Welsh Pancakes

CT reckons that the French crèpes and the English crumpet might be derived from the same word as crempog. As it happens, people often serve them on St David’s Day as well as on Shrove Tuesday, otherwise known as Pancake Day. Pancakes used to be made with yeast, but when bicarbonate of soda became widely available in the late 19th century, people switched over as this was more convenient to use.

Leek and Mushroom Chocolate Sauce

So, rather than sprinkling our crempog with sugar, I made a leek and mushroom chocolate sauce instead. I had a brand new frying pan and spatula to use for the occasion which was provided by Sainsbury’s. So I was looking forward to seeing how all this turned out.


The frying pan worked really well. I only needed a tiny bit of butter and nothing stuck – result! Although I made the crempogau rather larger than I’d intended, we were both very impressed with them. They rose well and were light and tasty.  They were also quite thick. We cut some of them in half and spread with my blood orange curd, which was a very enjoyable way to eat them indeed.

The leek and mushroom chocolate sauce was delicious too and also went very well with the pancakes. This made for a filling and fortifying brunch to set us up for our journey to Cotehele for Graft, Sow and Grow which is on today and tomorrow. Perhaps not the best way to celebrate a Saint who was no doubt into abstinence, but I defy St David himself not to have indulged if presented with a plateful of these crempogau.

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Welsh Pancakes with Leek & Mushroom Chocolate Sauce

Welsh Pancakes, aka crempogau, are delicious in their own right. Here they are served with a savoury leek & mushroom chocolate sauce, but can just as well be drizzled with maple syrup, a sweet chocolate sauce or fruit curd.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Standing Time30 mins
Course: Lunch, Main Course, Supper
Cuisine: Welsh
Keyword: chilli sauce, leeks, mushrooms, pancakes, savoury
Servings: 4 people
Author: Choclette



  • 125 g wholemeal spelt
  • 125 g white spelt
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda.
  • 2 medium eggs.
  • 200 ml sour milk (can substitute buttermilk or kefir)
  • a slither of butter


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 leek - finely sliced
  • 20 g butter ,
  • 2 cloves garlic - finely chopped
  • 6 chestnut mushrooms - chopped
  • 50 ml double cream
  • 50 ml milk
  • 50 g cheddar cheese - grated
  • a grating of nutmeg
  • 10 g of 100% chocolate + a little extra for grating
  • a few chives - snipped chives


  • Sift the flours into a bowl together with the bicarbonate of soda.
  • Make a well in the centre and crack in the eggs.
  • Stir from the centre out, gradually adding the sour milk until all is well mixed.
  • Cover the bowl with a tea towel and leave to stand for an hour.
  • Heat a non-stick frying pan to a medium level, add a slither of butter and drop in heaped spoonfuls of batter.
  • Allow to cook for a 3-4 minutes, then turn to cook the other side also for a 3-4 minutes.
  • Place on a warm plate and put in a low oven to keep warm until all the pancakes are cooked.


  • Sauté the leek in olive oil until soft.
  • Add the butter, garlic and chestnut mushrooms.
  • Continue cooking for a few minutes, stirring occasionally until the mushrooms look done.
  • Add the double cream, milk and cheddar and stir until the cheese has melted.
  • Grate in a good bit of nutmeg and the chocolate and stir until melted.
  • Spoon the sauce over the pancakes and scatter on some snipped chives and a little grated 100% chocolate.


I am excited to be entering these Welsh pancakes into Karen’s Cooking with Herbs over at Lavender and Lovage. It’s not often I get to combine herbs and chocolate. The specific theme is rosemary this month, but any herb is accepted so these chives will have to do.

I was sent a Sainsbury’s voucher to buy the ingredients for this recipe along with a frying pan and spatula. There was no requirement to write a positive review. As always, all opinions are my own. Thanks to my readers for supporting the brands and organisations that help to keep Tin and Thyme blithe and blogging.
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  1. Bintu @ Recipes From A Pantry

    1st March 2014 at 12:44 pm

    I love the idea of a leek and chocolate sauce. How brill.

    • Choclette

      2nd March 2014 at 8:34 pm

      Thanks Bintu – chocolate goes really well with mushrooms and the leeks were fine too.

  2. Alexandra Bellavista

    1st March 2014 at 2:18 pm

    Fantastic!love it!

  3. Angie Schneider

    1st March 2014 at 3:05 pm

    Chocolate sauce with leek and mushroom…what an exciting and fun idea!

    • Choclette

      2nd March 2014 at 8:35 pm

      You know how I like to push the boat out Angie 😉

  4. Heidi Roberts

    1st March 2014 at 4:07 pm

    Chocolate in a leek and mushroom sauce – would never have thought of that!

    • Choclette

      2nd March 2014 at 8:36 pm

      I try my best to surprise Heidi 😉

  5. belleau kitchen

    1st March 2014 at 4:42 pm

    You’re just so wonderfully brave with your chocolate and savoury ingredients. This looks so luscious. I could dig into that stack quite merrily!

    • Choclette

      2nd March 2014 at 8:37 pm

      It’s really not as strange as it sounds Dom and I guess it’s my job to expand those chocolate boundaries 🙂

  6. Karen S Booth

    1st March 2014 at 6:50 pm

    SO bold with your chocolate exploits, you are a TRUE pioneer of all things cocoa related,I admire that! LOVELY wee cakes too! Karen xxx

    • Choclette

      2nd March 2014 at 8:38 pm

      Thank you Karen, maybe I should rebrand myself as The Cocoa Pioneer.

  7. Karen S Booth

    1st March 2014 at 7:01 pm

    Forgot to say a BIG thanks for entering this into Cooking with Herbs too! Such an innovative entry!

    • Choclette

      2nd March 2014 at 8:39 pm

      Thank you for hosting it 🙂

  8. Janice Pattie

    1st March 2014 at 10:07 pm

    I was wondering how you were going to get the chocolate into that recipe! How intriguing, I’d never have thought of a chocolate and mushroom combo.

    • Choclette

      2nd March 2014 at 8:40 pm

      Oh chocolate and mushroom goes really well together Janice. Try mushroom and chocolate risotto – recipe is on the blog.

  9. Katie

    2nd March 2014 at 7:12 am

    What an interesting combination. When you said leeks and chocolate I was unsure, but I can really image the mushroom and chocolate working together. They look great

    • Choclette

      2nd March 2014 at 8:41 pm

      Thanks Katie, it was really the flavour of the mushrooms that came through and as you say they do work well with chocolate.

  10. Deena Kakaya

    2nd March 2014 at 8:54 am

    Chocolate on a savoury pancake that is impressively fluffy and perfectly light..,wow x

    • Choclette

      2nd March 2014 at 8:42 pm

      Thank you Deena, they were indeed fluffy and light and delicious.

  11. Sylvia F.

    2nd March 2014 at 9:31 am

    Wow they looks delicious! It must be a great combo chocolate with savoury ingredients 😉

    • Choclette

      2nd March 2014 at 8:42 pm

      Thanks Sylvia. I like experimenting with savoury chocolate concoctions.

  12. Jacqueline Meldrum

    2nd March 2014 at 10:39 am

    They look wonderful. I would like them hot with butter, mmmmmmmm!

    • Choclette

      2nd March 2014 at 8:43 pm

      Haha, is that a polite way of saying you’d rather not have the leek and chocolate sauce Jac?

  13. Nayna Kanabar

    2nd March 2014 at 3:45 pm

    I had to read this post twice Leek mushroom and chocolate??? Very innovative I wonder how they taste.

    • Choclette

      2nd March 2014 at 8:44 pm

      Well, we both thought they tasted good – lots of umami.

  14. Katharine

    2nd March 2014 at 4:21 pm

    So impressive – your crempogau look light and wonderful and I love the speckled effect you get from the spelt flour. As for the sauce, I can only echo other comments – wow! So inventive and yet totally delicious. Yes, I’m sure that St David would have wolfed them down as would I !

    • Choclette

      2nd March 2014 at 8:46 pm

      Thanks Katharine – I expect you know what they are really meant to be like. But I was happy with them anyway. I like to use either spelt or wholemeal in my bakes so I feel I’m getting something that’s good for me somewhere 😉

  15. London Unattached

    2nd March 2014 at 5:14 pm

    tee hee, pancake selfies! what is the world coming to!!!

    • Choclette

      2nd March 2014 at 8:47 pm

      I am mostly bemused by it all Fiona – I’ve only just cottoned on to what a Selfie is 😉

  16. ManjiriK

    2nd March 2014 at 5:29 pm

    just love how FLUFFY the pancakes look Choclette, one query will butter milk do instead of sour milk or am being a klutz and its the same thing?Would never have imagined combining chocolate into the sauce!

    • Choclette

      2nd March 2014 at 8:33 pm

      Thank Manjirik. No sour milk isn’t the same thing as buttermilk, but it has the same affect as buttermilk, which I think is what the original recipe stated.

  17. bangermashchat

    3rd March 2014 at 6:54 am

    Wow! I’d never have thought of leek and mushroom in a chocolate sauce – not quite sure I’d dare…

    • Choclette

      3rd March 2014 at 7:43 pm

      Dare? And you a chilli head? Of course you would dare Vanesther.

  18. Tina Anand

    3rd March 2014 at 1:29 pm

    I love how you manage to create savoury dishes with chocolate. These welsh cakes look delicious.

    • Choclette

      3rd March 2014 at 7:44 pm

      Thanks Tina, I do like to explore different flavours with chocolate.

  19. GG

    3rd March 2014 at 5:18 pm

    This sounds great. I often add chocolate to savoury dishes, but I’d never thought of adding it to a mushroom sauce. GG

    • Choclette

      3rd March 2014 at 7:45 pm

      Chocolate and mushrooms work really well together. I’ve used the combination a few times, especially good in mushroom risotto.

  20. Jane Sarchet

    3rd March 2014 at 9:46 pm

    Really? It sounds totally bonkers! So bonkers in fact I may have to give it a go 😀
    Janie x

    • Choclette

      4th March 2014 at 10:50 am

      Thank Janie, I’m happy with bonkers 😉

  21. Lou, Eat Your Veg

    4th March 2014 at 2:50 pm

    I was planning on making savoury pancakes tonight for the monsters tea BUT they ended up with them for breakfast and at school, so may just be a pancake overload! Great idea turning welsh cakes into a pancake stack with a savoury sauce (which sounds delish btw!), totally yum!

  22. Morgan @ Peaches, Please!

    4th March 2014 at 5:17 pm

    Lately I’ve been thinking about how to incorporate chocolate into some savory recipes. This is certainly an interesting and unique application!

  23. Helen @ Fuss Free Flavours

    5th March 2014 at 8:03 pm

    Lovely pancakes. I am off to dine at the Hotel Chocolat restaurant tomorrow so I am looking forward to being inspired

  24. prwilson

    6th March 2014 at 3:01 am

    Looks amazing.

  25. Isa Bel

    8th March 2014 at 6:17 pm

    Talking about pancakes, i have tried to make some this morning, made of bananas and seemed to have some difficulty to flip it. Pretty catastrophic 🙂 check my blog x x


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