golden pancake in a frying pan

Perfect pancakes recipe

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Prep: 5 mins Cook: 25 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

    Sunflower oil is made from pressing sunflower seeds and extracting the oil. It's usually…

  • pinch salt


  1. Put 100g plain flour and a pinch of salt into a large mixing bowl.

  2. Make a well in the centre and crack 2 eggs into the middle.

  3. Pour in about 50ml from the 300ml of semi-skimmed milk and 1 tbsp sunflower oil then 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Heat the pan over a moderate heat, then wipe it with oiled kitchen paper.

  6. 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 the mixing bowl, return the pan to the heat.

  7. Leave to cook, undisturbed, for about 30 secs. If the pan is the right temperature, the pancake should turn golden underneath after about 30 secs and will be ready to turn.

  8. 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.

  9. 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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29th Oct, 2017
Surely some mistake. It's way too runny even with 200g flour and 4 eggs to 300mL milk.
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Hester Davies
1st Jul, 2018
Then add less milk
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Lauren Harrison
13th Feb, 2018
It's for british pancakes, which are thin, like crepes
18th Oct, 2017
wow! I have always bought pre made pancake mix because I didn't know how to make pancakes, long story short I fancied pancakes, I love bbc good food recipes, so searched it. honestly these are the best pancakes I have ever had! I cannot wait to surprise my two boys in morning with this delicious recipe I am going to be a top mum with this!
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Lincoln Phipps
3rd Oct, 2017
The recipe says "serves 8" but I managed to make 9 pancakes for breakfast and hungry people (wife and 2 of our teen kids) eat 3 each. Will be trying it for the next week as breakfast for our early risers.
18th Jun, 2017
I did this recipe for my dad on fathers day and he LOVED IT! It turned out a beautiful golden colour and it is great with sweet or savoury fillings. Definitely try this recipe because it great for birthday mornings or just a sleepy weekend morning. I love this recipe and use it ALL the time! They turn out thin and crispy and even my nanna loves them! Defo 5/5.
2nd Jun, 2017
28th Feb, 2017
Lovely pancakes every time.
28th Feb, 2017
I have been using this recipe for a number of years now, its perfect every time and my 3 boys love it
21st Dec, 2016
When I was cooking mine, I poured the mix in to the hot pan, then poured off any excess liquid back in to my jug. This gives lovely thin pancakes. I judged when to flip the pancakes by the edges cooking and lifting away from the sides of the pan. Happy children having a treat for Christmas holiday breakfast!!


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