Pancakes on a plate with lemon wedges

Easy pancakes

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(325 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 20 mins Plus optional standing


Makes 6

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


  • 100g plain flour
  • 2 large eggs
  • 300ml milk



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

  • 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…

  • 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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4th Jul, 2020
This recipe comes out nicely - but the calorie estimate of 61 per pancake is a way off. Closer to 100 or so.
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Mohsin Salim Habiya
3rd Jul, 2020
I noticed the too runny part as well, so to counter this, in the second time I made pancakes following these instructions, I used two eggs, added 1/4 cup wheat flour and adjusted for the other additives accordingly. I also added about 3 drops of vanilla essence and 1tsp vanilla powder. I got my desired consistency and also recieved an extra 'oomph' from the vanilla in there. I served with a boiled and then cooled mix of water, vanilla essence and strawberry jam (Sort of a quick homemade strawberry squash). I've literally impressed my date with this. Its why I made em the second time with the adjustments. Try it, its worth it xD
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Michael Murray
27th Jun, 2020
Many found the recipe "too runny." When I saw how runny the batter was I whipped in about 20 grams of psyllium husks and, I think, that made the difference. Can I mention that I, first, split the batter in two, then added savoury ingredients to one and sweet to the other. The result: two large savoury (to accompany a few fried streaky rashers) and two sweet pancakes stuffed with pre-stewed, cool, summer fruit. Okay, there were a few embellishments: spring onions, cut lengthwise and laid on a lightly oiled pan to soften, over which, the savoury batter, a pinch of turmeric added, was poured. A tiny sprinkle of coconut sugar and some lemon juice added to the sweet pancakes to serve. Thanks for posting the original recipe, which gave me the broad template.
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Sheetal Gaware ...
22nd Jun, 2020
Very easy recipe. Have made it loads of times. My daughter loves it. I usually top it up with berries and drizzle choc sauce on top. I have also tried this recipe with wholemeal flour.
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Logan Fyfe
20th Jun, 2020
I had to add quite a lot of more flour and it was yet still runny
16th Jun, 2020
Not a good recipe - needed more flour
Logan Fyfe's picture
Logan Fyfe
20th Jun, 2020
Then add more
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Poppy Smith
11th Jun, 2020
These pancakes are delicious I made them and there we so tasty really recommended
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Eoghan Leahy
24th May, 2020
really bad recipe not enough flour and very bad intsructions do not try this recipe
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Frankie Cox
23rd May, 2020
Looked like scrambled eggs and wouldn’t set. Ended up throwing my mixture in the bin and having toast for breakfast instead. Would not recommend.


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Logan Fyfe
20th Jun, 2020
I’ve added more flour yet it’s still runny?
lulu_grimes's picture
28th Jun, 2020
Hi, This batter should be runny enough to pour and swirl around a hot pan. There's a video in the recipe tip under the recipe where you can see how runny the batter should be. I hope this helps. Lulu
25th Feb, 2020
I like this simple recipe. Anybody know why the first side is nice and evenly golden but the second side is 'spotty '?
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Barney Good Food
26th Feb, 2020
Hi, That's the way it is with pancakes. The bubbles that are created when you first ladle the batter in the pan come into closer contact with the pan when you flip the pancake making leopard print patterned spots. Hope that explains it. Barney
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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.


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Laura Burnett
4th Apr, 2020
The calories and nutrition are wrong - the total mix has about 800 kcal in, so if you make 6 pancakes they are 133 kcal each.
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Lewis White
11th Mar, 2020
do not put a pinch of salt in put 2 in
Lewis White's picture
Lewis White
11th Mar, 2020
do not put a pinch of salt in put 2 in
XxKitKatxX's picture
21st Nov, 2019
If you let the pan heat up first before you start cooking it makes your first one perfect
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.
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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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