Perfect pancakes

Perfect pancakes

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(106 ratings)

Cook: 30 mins

Easy

Serves 8
A foolproof batter recipe and plenty of tips on how to make pancakes with flair, whether sweet or savoury

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Easily doubled / halved
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal107
  • fat5g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs12g
  • sugars2g
  • fibre0g
  • protein4g
  • salt0.1g
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Ingredients

  • 100g plain flour
  • 2 egg
    Eggs

    Egg

    egg

    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition, packed with protein and a…

  • 300ml semi-skimmed milk
  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil or vegetable, plus extra for frying
    Sunflower oil

    Sunflower oil

    A variety of oils can be used for baking. Sunflower is the one we use most often at Good Food as…

  • pinch salt

Method

  1. Blending in the flour: Put the flour and a pinch of salt into a large mixing bowl and make a well in the centre. Crack the eggs into the middle, then pour in about 50ml milk and 1 tbsp oil. Start whisking from the centre, gradually drawing the flour into the eggs, milk and oil. Once all the flour is incorporated, beat until you have a smooth, thick paste. Add a little more milk if it is too stiff to beat.

  2. Finishing the batter: Add a good splash of milk and whisk to loosen the thick batter. While still whisking, pour in a steady stream of the remaining milk. Continue pouring and whisking until you have a batter that is the consistency of slightly thick single cream. Traditionally, people would say to now leave the batter for 30 mins, to allow the starch in the flour to swell, but there’s no need.

  3. Getting the right thickness: Heat the pan over a moderate heat, then wipe it with oiled kitchen paper. Ladle some batter into the pan, tilting the pan to move the mixture around for a thin and even layer. Quickly pour any excess batter into a jug, return the pan to the heat, then leave to cook, undisturbed, for about 30 secs. Pour the excess batter from the jug back into the mixing bowl. If the pan is the right temperature, the pancake should turn golden underneath after about 30 secs and will be ready to turn.

  4. Flipping pancakes: Hold the pan handle, ease a fish slice under the pancake, then quickly lift and flip it over. Make sure the pancake is lying flat against base of the pan with no folds, then cook for another 30 secs before turning out onto a warm plate. Continue with the rest of the batter, serving them as you cook or stack onto a plate. You can freeze the pancakes for 1 month, wrapped in cling film or make them up to a day ahead.

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noni
10th Feb, 2016
When I made up the batter I thought I'd done it wrong as it looked far too runny but no it was perfect for traditional uk pancakes (like the photo depicts). If you are wanting a thick American pancake then this recipe is not for you. My 80 year old mum said it was the best pancake she's ever had and she's made plenty over the years being a mother of four! Enjoy!
roisindubh211
9th Feb, 2016
Fantastic recipe, easy to follow and get perfect pancakes.
melia
9th Feb, 2016
0.05
Pancake Day ... what a disaster! Recipe measurements are wrong. Very unhappy children!
blightyme
9th Feb, 2016
1.3
Far too runny! Didn't have the consistency of a slightly thick cream, more like just plain ol' milk. Had to add quite a lot more flour to get the consistency right - well, as I remember from pancake days past anyway. Will also leave for a couple of hours to thicken up as I think if I'd followed this recipe to the letter and used immediately like it states, pancake day would've been ruined!!
amy3971
9th Feb, 2016
5.05
The proportions for this recipe are perfect, though if you like slightly thicker pancakes I would suggest reducing the milk to 280ml as others have suggested. I like mine as thin as possible, so this works very well for me. If you are having issues with proportions, I would suggest you either can't read or can't cook. In case it wasn't blatantly obvious from the photo, this recipe is designed to make European style pancakes (crepes), not American style (thick) ones.
noni
10th Feb, 2016
I totally agree!
li_lei_xu
17th Jan, 2016
5.05
quick, easy recipe. works every time for me
hollyarr
23rd Aug, 2015
Proportions aren't off! These were literally the perfect pancakes. I don't have scale so I used just under one cup of flour (using the spoon and level method of measuring as flour can be tricky to get the right amount without scale) and 1c plus just under 1/4 c milk. I used whole milk. Don't use olive oil - the oil will burn before you can get the pan to the right temp. I used vegetable oil as suggested but I'd also like to try coconut oil. I started on medium low and found medium high was more accurate for the 30 second per side cook time. These made a perfect, thin yet fluffy pancake which made an ideal base for endless toppings. SO GOOD!
AGWF
20th Jun, 2015
The proportions of this recipe are completely off. I only used 2/3rds of the milk and already had to add more flour to get the right consistency.
catherine sue b...
28th Jun, 2015
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I feel your pain doll. As you can see from my comment below I too was unhappy with this recipe. We need to spread the word so less people will have to endure the heartbreak of not making the 'perfect pancake'.

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