Classic pancakes

Classic pancakes

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(33 ratings)

Ready in 20-30 minutes


Makes 8 pancakes
You can use this foolproof classic batter recipe to create a base for sweet or savoury pancakes

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal117
  • fat7g
  • saturates4g
  • carbs12g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre0g
  • protein3g
  • salt0.2g
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  • 100g plain flour
  • 1 large egg



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  • 300ml milk



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  • oil or melted butter, for frying


  1. Sift the flour and a pinch of salt into a bowl. Make a well in the centre with the back of a spoon then break in the egg and pour in half the milk. Whisk together, gradually incorporating the flour to make a smooth thick batter. Beat thoroughly to remove any lumps, then stir in the rest of the milk.

  2. Heat a little oil or butter in a medium frying pan, then tip off the excess into a bowl. Pour about 2 tablespoons of batter into the pan, tilting the pan as you pour, until the batter thinly coats the base. Cook over a moderate heat for 30 seconds to one minute until golden brown on the underside.

  3. Flip over the pancake with a palette knife, and cook the other side until it is golden brown. Slide the pancake out of the pan on to a plate, heat a little more oil or butter and cook the remaining pancakes one at a time in the same way.

  4. If preparing in advance, cook and stack the pancakes. Reheat in the microwave on Medium (750W) for about 2 minutes. Alternatively, heat the oven to 180C/gas 4/fan 160C. Wrap the pancakes in foil and warm them through in the oven for 10 minutes.

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23rd May, 2010
this recipe sounds great and i want to try it as soon as possible! i just need to know how long they last in the freezer
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4th Jul, 2009
I love pancakes but never quite got the mixture right always tasted eggy or bland, tried this recently and they were delicious. . . best ever! I like the tradditional sugar and lemon although my daughters like to add ice cream, cherries or chocolate spread, have made another batch, stored them in the fridge ready for breakfast in the morning :o)
12th May, 2009
FAB U LOS pancakes! I love these. I make my kids pancakes every Sunday and occasionally try different receipes. This one is a hit with the whole family. No more big thick pancakes yay :-) And they are just right for breakfast or pudding - we've had both lol!
10th Apr, 2009
yum better than any pancake ready made pancake mix. What sort of topping is nice?
25th Feb, 2009
I made this recipe last night. Went down a storm with my lot. nice classic recipe, not too eggy. Very nice.
25th Feb, 2009
Used this recipe last night - pancakes were just right... I used skimmed milk and this worked really well too!
21st Feb, 2009
Yummy, I love pancakes and just a bit of lemon and sugar is all they need, unless you want to go the whole hog and throw on banana, chocolate sauce and ice-cream, or blueberries cooked with maple syrup with a dollop of cream! For the earlier comment, the calories are per pancake assuming you get the mixture to make 8.
19th Feb, 2009
just made these pancakes for the kids, they went down a treat, delicious!!
19th Feb, 2009
This has been the standard way of making pancakes for the last 50 years at least! Why change the recipe now, using so many eggs - good though they may be for us - but we all need to cut down on our food consumption. I use pancakes both sweet and savoury - chicken, mushrooms and leeks with a little sauce or of course a fish pie mix is also good!
31st Jan, 2009
not bad but i found them not thick enough (living in Switzerland and noticed the difference)!


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