Pancakes with butter and syrup on plate

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 15 mins


Makes 10

Our simple Scotch pancakes make a quick and easy breakfast the whole family will love. Serve with butter and maple syrup for the perfect brunch treat

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal121
  • fat3g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs19g
  • sugars3g
  • fibre1g
  • protein4g
  • salt0.5g


  • 200g plain flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
    Baking powder

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  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tbsp caster sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 large egg
  • 300ml milk



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  • vegetable oil, to fry


  1. Add the dry ingredients to a mixing bowl. Beat the egg and milk into the mixture with a handheld or electric whisk. Heat a non-stick frying pan over a medium heat and add some oil.

  2. Spoon in a small ladleful of batter to make a pancake about 10cm across. Fry for about 1 min until the edges of the pancake are firm and bubbles have started to appear on the surface. Turn over and fry for another 30 secs till golden on both sides. Serve with your favourite toppings.

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Kay Gutteridge's picture
Kay Gutteridge
6th Jul, 2020
My favourite go to pancake recipe now! You can change it up by adding banana or vanilla extract or whatever you want in them.
16th Mar, 2020
Would have been nice but ruined by the bitter taste from one tablespoon of baking power. I would suggest 1.5 is adequate.
sharon hiley
29th Feb, 2020
I just made these. What a perfect recipe. I did add a dash of vanilla extract too.
Arktix's picture
21st Sep, 2019
works well, though i would add more sugar
Julie Stenlake's picture
Julie Stenlake
3rd Aug, 2019
I was looking forward to trying this recipe because of all the 5 stars. The appearance of the pancake looks lovely but it tastes soapy because of the tablespoon of baking soda. I think it needs a lot of tweaking :(
Erin Smithwhite
5th Feb, 2017
These pancakes were absolutely amazing. They were by far the best pancakes I have ever made. They were light, fluffy and extremely moist. Thank you for this recipe!
8th May, 2016
I vegan-ed this up by replacing the milk with watered down Soya yoghurt and replacing the egg with mashed banana (or tablespoon of ground Chai seeds with 3 tbsp warm water) I did use a tablespoon of baking powder and I have to say they turned out great
26th Jan, 2014
Surely this should include a tsp of baking powder and not a tbsp! Also less milk is needed - otherwise pretty good.
13th Nov, 2013
Took my chances with a medium egg as I didn't have any large. Worked out fine, and made some yummy thick pancakes. Delicious with some maple syrup. Love the little kick of cinnamon.
4th May, 2013
Nice easy recipe! First time of making them! They were lovely with an egg on top. Would really go well with sweet treats as they are not sickly. Very impressed!
5th Aug, 2014
Like the other person said surely you must have meant teaspoons not tablespoons of baking powder. My granddaughter described it as tasting "chemically". Are you sure this is correct?
23rd Apr, 2016
The recipe will serve about three people - I found that it was too much for two people. I prefer it with an extra tbsp sugar and without the cinnamon - though that's very much personal preference!
21st Apr, 2014
These pancakes freeze well. Cook up a batch as normal, then allow to cool. Spread on a baking sheet lined with baking paper, making sure the pancakes don't touch. Give them at least 6 hours to freeze solid. I put mine in a freezer bag sealed with a clip once ready. They can be heated in the microwave for 1-2 mins (1 min 30 on 800w).
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