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Basic Pancake Recipe


Veg HT DP 30mins

This basic pancake batter is suitable for both sweet and savoury pancake recipes.

Yield: Serves 4 Total time 30 mins Keywords: Hot   Vegetarian  Dessert  Pudding  Pancake Day  Shrove Tuesday


100g/4oz Plain Flour
A pinch Salt
2 Eggs
300ml/10fl.oz. Milk
Vegetable Oil for frying
Sugar to serve
Lemon or Orange juice to serve
Wedges of Lemons or Oranges to garnish



1. Preheat the oven to very low to keep the first lot of pancakes warm whilst you're cooking the remainder.


2. Place the flour, salt, milk and egg in a large bowl and whisk until smooth and lump free.  Transfer the batter to a measuring jug.


3. Heat the oil in a frying pan until very hot, then pour most of it into a heatproof container, leaving just enough oil to coat the pan.


4. Pour in a little of the batter, tilting the pan to evenly cover the base with a thin layer. Fry over a moderate heat, shaking the pan gently so it doesn't stick, until the underside is golden. This will only take 1-2 minutes.


5. Using a palette knife, turn the pancakes over and cook the other side until golden.


6. Remove to a plate , cover with foil and place in the warmed oven whilst you cook the remaining pancakes in the same way.


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Serving Suggestions


Sprinkle each pancake with sugar, squeeze over fresh lemon or orange juice roll, or fold in four and garnish with lemon or orange wedges.

Spread with Jam and roll or fold in four.

For other dessert serving suggestions use the search form and type in  DESSERT PANCAKES or visit our Pancake Recipes page.



Key techniques required to make this recipe

Bake - To cook in an enclosed oven

Beat To introduce air into a mixture using a utensil such as a wooden spoon, fork or whisk, in order to achieve a lighter texture.



Interleave pancakes with parchment paper, wrap well in clingfilm and freeze. Defrost thoroughly before using.


Make ahead

Can be made up to 2 days ahead. Keep refrigerated


Tips, Options and Substitutions


Add 2 tablespoons of Cocoa powder for chocolate pancakes

Special Equipment required to make this recipe


Wooden Spoon or whisk

Large mixing bowl or jug

Large frying pan


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