Easy pancakes

Easy pancakes

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(32 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 the flour, eggs, milk, 1 tbsp oil and a pinch of salt into a bowl or large jug, then whisk to a smooth batter. Set aside for 30 mins to rest if you have time, or start cooking straight away.

  2. Set a medium frying pan or crêpe pan over a medium heat and carefully wipe it with some oiled kitchen paper. When hot, cook your pancakes for 1 min on each side until golden, keeping them warm in a low oven as you go.

  3. Serve with lemon wedges and 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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3rd Dec, 2017
Terrible. Not enough flour. Threw it away and used another recipe: 100g plain flour, 1 egg, 1/2 pint milk and generous amount of oil to fry each one.
Ted Lovesit
25th Nov, 2017
Recipe worked. However I used half the quantity and got 3 in a standard sized frying pan. So this recipe is in fact more likely to serve 4-6 (depending on size of pan and thickness poured). Worth noting the pan needs to be oiled between pancakes lightly and the pan doesn't want to be too hot, else the mix will stick and burn before it has a chance to congeal. Batter mix ratio itself it fine and reminded me of my childhood on shrove Tuesday.
14th Nov, 2017
Foolproof? Definitely NOT! Honestly, unless you are a genius at cooking DO NOT try these. They stick to the pan, the mix is not enough for five, let alone twelve, and they taste horrible. The recipe should say whether savoury or sweet because I did mine as a dessert and it was VERY embarrassing.
11th Nov, 2017
Great pancakes! I think I might have cooked them for too long though because the edges went all hard and drie. But that was my fault!
8th Nov, 2017
Tried cast iron pan and then non stick pan, and had to throw half of the mix away. Made 4 and a half.
14th Nov, 2017
I chucked more than half. Then the family says they taste bad.
22nd Oct, 2017
Did not work for me. Mix seems too liquid. Stuck to pan. I don't know if I'm doing something wrong but I'm a chef and I couldn't get this recipe to work
17th Oct, 2017
I was impressed with how easy this was! I normally have to make a few pancakes before I get a decent one. But with this recipe they came out perfect first time. Good amount of mixture too, I managed to make quite a few.
28th Feb, 2017
Made the pancakes, it was so easy, don't know why I've been using the packet mix all these years. I added a bit of cinnamon as well. They tasted so good.
28th Feb, 2017
Quick and easy, tasted good, I doubled the recipe to get a decent amount of pancakes though


24th Feb, 2017
Urgent!: will this recipe still work the same if I used self raising flour instead?
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: https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/4915/american-blueberry-pancakes
25th Feb, 2014
Please could u tell me why this recipe is 'healthy'? ta
goodfoodteam's picture
10th Mar, 2014
Hi there, the recipe is classed as healthy as it is low in fat, saturated fat, sugar and salt.
11th Nov, 2017
OK, thanks, I wondered that one too. TVM
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.