Pancakes on a plate with lemon wedges

Easy pancakes

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(184 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 20 mins Plus optional standing


Makes 12

Learn a skill for life with our foolproof crêpe recipe that ensures perfect pancakes every time - elaborate flip optional

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Healthy

Nutrition: per pancake

  • kcal61
  • fat2g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs7g
  • sugars1g
  • fibre0g
  • protein3g
  • salt0.1g
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  • 100g plain flour
  • 2 large eggs
  • 300ml milk



    One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a complete food. While cow…

  • 1 tbsp sunflower or vegetable oil, plus a little extra for frying
  • lemon wedges, to serve (optional)



    Oval in shape, with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile fruits…

  • caster sugar, to serve (optional)


  1. Put 100g plain flour, 2 large eggs, 300ml milk, 1 tbsp sunflower or vegetable oil and a pinch of salt into a bowl or large jug, then whisk to a smooth batter.

  2. Set aside for 30 mins to rest if you have time, or start cooking straight away.

  3. Set a medium frying pan or crêpe pan over a medium heat and carefully wipe it with some oiled kitchen paper.

  4. When hot, cook your pancakes for 1 min on each side until golden, keeping them warm in a low oven as you go.

  5. Serve with lemon wedges and caster sugar, or your favourite filling. Once cold, you can layer the pancakes between baking parchment, then wrap in cling film and freeze for up to 2 months.

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Drew Moore's picture
Drew Moore
4th Oct, 2019
This recipe works absolutely fine. This recipe is for thin style crepe pancakes. (See picture in the recipe) I got 9 pancakes using these measurements. If you can’t follow this recipe you are quite clearly a moron. :) That is all.
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Fly up high
22nd Sep, 2019
Great recipe - makes great British pancakes, and makes them a good size and nice and thin. Used it many times :)
Wibbly's picture
29th Aug, 2019
Amazing pancakes/crepes but NO WAY would this serve 12 - I'd say 4
Jose Antonio Martin Martin's picture
Jose Antonio Ma...
25th Aug, 2019
This is not a pancake, this is a crêpe.
9th Jun, 2019
delicious pancakes but the recipe makes 4, not 12.
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charlotte harris
29th May, 2019
the quantities are wrong, it made 3 pancakes not 12. Nice pancakes though!
gabriella moore's picture
gabriella moore
27th May, 2019
it was good
Cofton's picture
5th May, 2019
Easy. Made the batter in a Nutribullet and cooked in an omelette maker. Quick and no mess.
25th Mar, 2019
SO easy. Halved the quantities and served with just lemon and sugar. Can't get more simple!
7th Mar, 2019
Terrible recipe. Way too runny so after 2 failed attempts I added more flour which made the mix taste awful. I'll try the Be-Ro recipe next time which looks a lot better.


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Natasha Bailie
18th Apr, 2019
I have tried to make pancakes a few times before and I've just tried with this recipe, and every time I try to make them they don't cook properly. They start to burn before they become a solid disk and can be flipped. I've had this with two different hobs, different pans to cook them in and different recipes and I can't work out why they won't cook. Anyone have any ideas why?? Thanks
goodfoodteam's picture
19th Apr, 2019
We're sorry to hear that. Make sure the pan is well heated over a medium heat before adding your batter. You also need to use less batter for each pancake than is often thought. Add a small amount to the pan and swirl it around to cover the base. If the mixture is too thick, you won't get the light texture. Often the first pancake doesn't turn out as well as the ones that follow - a strange law of pancakes! We hope this helps.
5th Mar, 2019
Do we think the batter will keep a couple of days in the fridge?
goodfoodteam's picture
7th Mar, 2019
Thanks for your question - yes, it will.
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Inaaya Mughal Vlogs
10th Nov, 2018
What shall I do my pancakes mixture is too runny???
goodfoodteam's picture
14th Nov, 2018
If all the ingredients are weighed out as above, the consistency will be just right. However, if you do need to thicken your pancake batter, simply add more flour.
24th Feb, 2017
Urgent!: will this recipe still work the same if I used self raising flour instead?
5th Mar, 2019
Some difficulty
goodfoodteam's picture
3rd Mar, 2017
Thanks for your question. For this traditional type of pancake you need to use plain flour. Self-raising flour is used in American-style pancakes which have more volume, baking powder is also added in this instance:
25th Feb, 2014
Please could u tell me why this recipe is 'healthy'? ta


29th Sep, 2019
great easy every body loved them makes 4 regular pancakes or 12 small pancakes
5th Mar, 2019
I'd recommend having 2 frying pans on the go to 'double up' cooking and halve the time it takes to cook.
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Tom Pullar-Strecker
16th Jun, 2018
Not surprised people are having difficulties. This recipe would make genuinely thin crepes if you used a half/half mix of water and milk instead of all milk. Also you only need 1 egg for this volume of batter to get the pancakes to hang together. 1 egg would still be OK if you doubled the volume (which I would do). The batter needs to be really pretty thin. Also, you can forget the salt. I use about 55% water with normal milk (if you use skim milk might differ) and reckon that gives perfect consistency. Don't bother putting in a blender; just mix it well by hand and then sieve it - saves time & washing up. You will need teaspoon of butter to stop pancakes sticking even in non-stick pan + replace every couple of pancakes. They will seem to stick at first but as they cook they will loosen when you shake the pan and that's the signal to turn over/flip. Best to use a pretty high heat. My measures: 2 cups flour, 2.5 cups milk/water mix, 1 egg + if you reckon it's still a fraction thick you can add a small splash of water any time.
Souffle12's picture
18th Feb, 2015
Unless you are cooking in large portions or for many people, I suggest halving the recipe, as you get a lot of pancakes if you like them a bit smaller :)
11th Nov, 2017
OK ! That's really helpful thanks very much.
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