The classic pancake

The classic pancake

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Prep: 10 mins Cook: 20 mins Plus resting


Makes 12
This basic batter recipe for crêpes and pancakes is a versatile foundation for either sweet or savoury fillings

Nutrition and extra info

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Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal84
  • fat4g
  • saturates2g
  • carbs10g
  • sugars1g
  • fibre0g
  • protein3g
  • salt0.06g
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  • 140g plain flour
  • 200ml whole milk
  • 2 eggs



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  • 25g unsalted butter, melted, plus a little extra for greasing


  1. Sift the flour with a pinch of salt into a medium-size bowl and make a well in the middle. Mix the milk and 100ml of water together. Break the eggs into the well and start whisking slowly. Add the milk and water in a steady stream, whisking constantly and gradually incorporating the flour as you do so.

  2. Whisk until the batter is smooth and all the flour has been incorporated. Set the batter aside to rest for 30 mins, then whisk the melted butter into the batter.

  3. Heat the pan over a medium heat. Very lightly grease the pan with melted butter. Using a ladle, pour roughly 2 tbsp of batter into the pan and swirl it around so the bottom of the pan is evenly coated. You want to use just enough batter to make a delicate, lacy pancake. Cook the pancake for about 45 secs on one side until golden and then using a palette knife or fish slice, flip the pancake over and cook the other side for about 30 secs until it freckles.

  4. Slide the pancake out of the pan and either serve immediately or stack on a plate with baking parchment in between. Continue until all the batter is used up.

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Comments (42)

Julie B's picture

If you like sugar and lemon on your pancakes try adding some lime juice too. Delicious!!!!

jjandollie's picture

Best pancake mix and used for both savoury and boys were very happy! ;)

sharpie1314's picture

I halved the ingredients ('cause it was just me) . I used a 10 (ish) inch pan and got 3 perfectly cooked thin pancakes. Great recipe - easy peasy :)

fionamckay's picture

I like thin crepes, not the thick, doughy, American-style ones, and this recipe is perfect. I'm using a 7inch pan, and it wouldn't make 12 of those, so probably sized for a tiny pan. I doubled the mixture to get the right amount of pancakes.

dr_pep's picture

I prefer to add a pinch of salt

phseok's picture

This recipe was wonderful, made some for breakfast. This turned out to be more like crepes but was still delightful, I'd recommend adding some sugar and vanilla extract to the batter as well as a pinch of salt. The Husband loves this, and am making more at the moment! Highly recommend!

rachy606's picture

Amazing... I keep making them because they're so addictive! :)) gorgeous with fruit and squirty cream and treat sauce :)

princesshebe's picture

great pancakes, easy to make and we all loved them

whits37's picture

First time I have ever made pancakes and they work really well, will be using this recipe in the future.

lyraverde's picture

Great pancakes, came out perfect every time. I got lots of praise from my friend who said they were beautifully lacy. The reason I have given them four stars and not five is that I only got eight pancakes out of the mix and they were not particularly large or thick.

wooz's picture

Have just made this recipe, and it was probably the best pancakes I've done. To make it even easier I didn't do all the mixing, I put it all in a tall jug and mixed it with a hand blender.

kateshort8's picture

Super pancakes but do make sure your melted butter is a little cooled before you add it to your mix or you get lumpy bits - still tasted fine!

bobthecarman's picture

Surely the diameter, and therefore the amount of the pancakes is governed by the size of the pan you use.

The person who said they got less than 12 either had a very large frying pan or made extra thichk pancces

lanceredhead's picture

In prep for the big day on Tuesday I've been trying out all sorts of pancake recipes since January (my family deserve only the best!!!) and this, sadly, does not rank as my highest. Maybe it was my over-eager tossing that landed in most of them being stuck to the ceiling...and so, alas, my stack of 12 rapidly turned into three. The three I was able to eat were surprisingly tasty, particularly with sugar and lemon on top. Thus, my suggestion is to gently toss them and to make them less sticky!

lizleicester's picture

Halved quantities and only got 3 pancakes but they were delicious and certainly didn't take 1 hr to do - more like 10 effortless minutes!

quincepip's picture

Love these, added chopped spinach and feta with a squeeze of lemon juice over the top. Highly recommended!

blondenurse's picture

Halved this and didn't bother letting it stand. Made 6 perfect little pancakes!

residentethel's picture

Rediculously easy and some of the best pancakes I've had. Fantastic recipe.


Questions (2)

em_my_lo's picture

if were to add honey to this recipe how much should I add

goodfoodteam's picture

Hi em_my_lo Thanks for getting in touch. The pancakes could burn and not cook properly if you add honey to the batter before cooking. Instead, try drizzling a little honey over the cooked pancakes when you serve them, start with half a teaspoon and add more as you like.

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