Easiest-ever pancakes

Easiest-ever pancakes

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Cooking time

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 20 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Makes 8 medium pancakes

Step-by-step guide to making the perfect pancakes for Shrove Tuesday - or any night of the week

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Can be frozen (pancakes only)
  • Easily doubled
Nutrition info

Nutrition per pancake excluding topping

kcalories
128
protein
4g
carbs
11g
fat
7g
saturates
1g
fibre
0.4g
sugar
2g
salt
0.1g

Ingredients

  • 100g plain flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 300ml/½ pint semi-skimmed milk
  • 1 tbsp vegetable or sunflower oil, plus extra for frying

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Method

  1. Put the flour in a large bowl and make a well in the centre. Crack the eggs into the well, pour in a splash of the milk and, using a balloon whisk or wooden spoon, start to stir from the centre of the bowl, drawing the flour into the eggs and milk. Beat the mix until smooth (get any lumps out now while it’s thick), then stir in the rest of the milk until it’s the consistency of single cream. Stir in the oil. The batter will keep covered in the fridge for up to a day at this point. Stir well before you use it.
  2. Put a non-stick frying pan or crêpe pan (one with a 20-23cm base is ideal) over a medium heat. Pour 1cm oil into a heatproof jug and keep it to hand. Add a drop of oil to the pan, swirl it around, tipping any excess back into the jug. Pour in a ladleful of batter, tilting the pan and swirling the batter to give a thin, even layer. Leave the pancake alone for 30 secs, no prodding, or until it starts to colour around the edge. Don’t crank up the heat if this takes longer – as you’ll scorch the bottom of the pancake and it won’t flip well.
  3. With a fish slice or palette knife, ease the edge of the pancake away from the pan, then loosen underneath. Check that the bottom is golden, then turn it over in one quick movement or give it a flip. Cook for another 30 secs before turning out onto a plate. Eat straight away. If you’re making ahead, stack the pancakes on a plate and cover with cling film. Pierce the film, then reheat in the microwave on High for 1 min or until piping hot.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, February 2006

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Kisrah's picture

Nice and simple recipe with delicious results. :) I did find the finished mixture rather thin, however, and the first couple of pancakes tore when I tried to turn them over. Tried it again today with less milk and no oil in the batter, which worked out much better for me.

wendytarpley's picture

I used this recipe after the website changed, and this one DOESN'T work out the same as the recipe called "The classic pancake". I had problems getting them to flip without tearing. Maybe I'm just used to the other one being slightly thicker, as it has more flour and less milk.

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I made this for New Year's Eve dinner and it was a success. It is very easy to make (though preparin pancakes is a tad time consuming), but the results were astounding and a change from the usual pud. Would certainly prepare this again in future.

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