Follow our simple step-by-step pancake recipe to make classic, thin pancakes. Top these crêpe-style pancakes with lemon and sugar.
Traditionally made on Pancake Day, British pancakes are similar to French crêpes. They’re thin and often rolled or folded with a sweet filling inside. This pancake recipe uses just four cooking essentials; flour, salt, eggs, and milk. These sweet pancakes would make a great dessert option too topped with ice cream, drizzled in chocolate sauce, and finished with whipped cream.
- 60g plain flour
- Pinch of salt
- 1 medium egg
- 175ml milk
- Oil, for frying
- Tip the flour into a bowl and stir in the salt. Lightly beat together the egg and milk. Pour over the flour mixture, a little at a time, whisking it well, to give a smooth pancake batter.
- Heat a frying pan and very lightly grease the base of it with a piece of kitchen paper dipped in oil. Pour a thin layer of batter over the base of the pan. Cook it until the edges start to curl back. Either toss the pancake or use a palette knife to loosen it around the edges and then use the palette knife to help flip it over.
- Cook the pancake briefly on this side, then slide it out onto a plate. Place a sheet of kitchen paper on top. Cook the rest of the mixture in the same way.
- Keep the pancakes warm if serving hot and choose your favourite pancake fillings. (opens in new tab)
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Top tips for making this pancake recipe
To test the frying pan is ready, drop a little bit of the mixture onto the heated pan. You want make sure the pan is at a medium heat so the pancakes and the pan itself doesn’t burn.
To freeze basic pancakes for up to 2 months, interleave them with kitchen paper and wrap them with clingfilm storing them in a freezer bag. Defrost in the fridge before using and reheating again. You can reheat your pancakes in the microwave in just a few seconds.
Leftover pancakes can be stored in the fridge for up to 2 days served hot or cold. You can also keep the leftover batter in the fridge for up to 1 day. Just cover with clingfilm in a bowl or jug. Make sure you whisk the batter vigorously before cooking with it again as the mixture may separate.
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