A just cooked pancake still in the pan, being held by the chef who is about to flip it.

Perfect pancakes recipe

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(119 ratings)

Cook: 30 mins


Serves 8

An easy pancake batter recipe with tips on how to make the best pancakes every time with sweet or savoury toppings

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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  • 100g plain flour
  • 2 eggs



    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


  1. Put the flour and a pinch of salt into a large mixing bowl. Make a well in the centre and crack the eggs into the middle. 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. 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.

  3. 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. Hold the pan handle, ease a palette knife under the pancake, then quickly lift and flip it over. Make sure the pancake is lying flat against the 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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3rd May, 2015
Love these! I added a little sugar too since we like ours sweet. This recipe makes lots of pancakes but I use half again just for my husband, me and our two year old son and they are all eaten since they are so delicious.
30th Mar, 2015
Halved the quantities for 2 of us. Served them with slightly sweetened blackcurrants - easy and delicious.
26th Mar, 2015
wow looks so simple yet seems like it taste so delicious. i would really love to try that. check this out. :) Datpiff Supplier
17th Feb, 2015
Made the best pancakes ever with this recipe very happy.
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12th Feb, 2015
Delicious! I reduced the milk to 280ml as recommended by others, which worked well. I put everything in a jug together and then whisked, but was left with floury lumps - so strained through a sieve and this was fine. Will use on pancake day next week (today was a dry run)!
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10th Feb, 2015
lovely pancakes... added cinnamon to reduce the flavor of the eggs which gave it an added flavor and glazed it with honey... served it hot off the frying pan... Cheap Datpiff Supplier
26th Jan, 2015
Perfect crepe style pancakes every time. Half the quantities makes 4 which is plenty for my son and I. I will never use another pancake recipe!
19th Jan, 2015
Try using them when making canelloni. They are much better than using the shop-bought stuff (crap!)
catherine sue b...
18th Jun, 2015
WATCH YOUR LANGUAGE my child could read this as they take an interest in a bit of light reading on cooking websites which I am sure is normal for a below average three year old! Yours sincerly, Catherine Sue Bakerchef.
7th Dec, 2014
lovely pancakes... added cinnamon to reduce the flavour of the eggs which gave it an added flavour and glazed it with honey... served it hot off the frying pan...


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