Basic Pancake Recipes

Basic Pancake Recipes


Pancakes are one of my favourite breakfast treats. Who wants porridge or cereal when you could have a mountain of pancakes covered in your favourite sauce and topped with fruit, or cream, or bacon and eggs! The possibilities are endless.

But, before we get ahead of ourselves and talk toppings, it’s essential you master the two basic recipes for pancakes: (1) the American style pancake that is thick and fluffy, perfect for soaking up maple syrup and (2) the traditional English pancake or crêpe as they are known in France. This variety is thin and light and tastes fab with a squeeze of lemon and sprinkling of sugar.

Topped pancakes

‘What’s the ratio of milk to flour in pancake batter’ and ‘should I use vegetable oil or butter for cooking pancakes’ are questions you’ll never need to Google again!  I’ve been using both of these pancake recipes for years and they will not fail you.

Both sets of pancakes can be frozen after cooking meaning you can batch cook and save them for another day. Or they can be heated hot straight out of the frying pan. The choice is yours. In my top 5 pancake fillings post  I’ve given you some inspiration for both sweet and savoury pancake fillings (I’ll be updating this list soon!). You could also try my summer fruit pancakes or cinnamon and apple pancakes with caramel sauce.

Thin English Pancakes / Crepes – Serves 8

Cooking time: 5mins a pancake – Difficulty: Easy


100g Plain Flour
Pinch of Salt
1 Egg
250ml Milk


Put your flour and salt into a large bowl and again make a well in the middle. Add the egg first and whisk to make a paste. Next add in half the milk and bring it into a smooth batter. Stir in the rest of the milk slowly and then whisk until it’s smooth and bubbly!

Get your pan piping hot and brush it with oil. You don’t want too much fat in the pan. Ladle a large spoon of batter into the pan and tilt the pan until the whole bottom is covered in a thin layer.

Allow to cook for 2 mins until crispy on the bottom. Flip and cook for a further 2 mins or until golden!

Repeat until you have used up all of the pancake batter.

Top tip: Place the cooked pancakes on a plate and put in the oven on a low heat covered with tin foil while you cook the rest if you aren’t going to eat them immediately.

American style pancakes – serves 8

Cooking time 5mins a pancake – Difficulty: easy


200g Self-raising flour
300ml Milk
1 Egg
1tsp Baking powder
Knob of Butter
Sunflower oil or butter to cook


Place your flour and baking powder in a large bowl and make a well in the middle. Mix your egg with the milk then pour into the middle of the well. Whisk vigorously to combine into a thick but smooth batter. Melt the knob of butter and then add to the mix. Whisk well again.

Heat your frying pan to a medium high heat and either grease with sunflower oil or another knob of butter. When this is hot pour a large tablespoon of the batter into the pan. You will be able to fit 3-4 pancakes per pan.

Cook for 2-3mins or until air bubbles begin to show through the mixture. Flip over the cook for another 2-3mins until golden all over.

Serve with your choice of topping!

Top tip: Place the cooked pancakes on a plate and put in the oven on a low heat covered with tin foil while you cook the rest if you aren’t going to eat them immediately.


With Pancake Day (or Shrove Tuesday to all the cook kids…) just around the corner, go out there and get flipping!

What will you top your pancake with?


    1. Awesome! I’ll have to check it out 🙂

      I’ve got an adorable valentines themed pancake recipe coming up later in the week so do keep your eyes peeled – there’s chocolate involved too!!!


    1. Hey Donna, glad you love it! Sounds like you’ll be flipping away for hours on pancake day if you have to make both kinds 😛

      I’ve never been to Belgium but it sounds like my idea of heaven. I bet the waffles are AMAZING 😀

  1. I prefer sweet pancakes – strawberries, with drizzled chocolate and a mountain of whipped cream looks like the perfect recipe for Valentine’s Day too!

    1. I’m with you there Maggie!!! You must have mountains of whipped cream 🙂 and I quite like little marshmallows too.

      I get like a child when topping my pancakes 😛 Do you have a favourite fruit to top them with? Mine is definitely strawberries!

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