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Pancake Day - Pancake Recipe

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Traditional British Pancakes

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Pancake Day aka Shrove Tuesday here in the UK and Ireland. This is the day for eating traditional pancakes.  The traditional pancake is thin and crepe-like and the true pancake of this day. Much as American pancakes, Welsh pancakes known as Cremog et al are lovely, it is the traditional which wins on Pancake Day..

As Shrove Tuesday is the day before Ash Wednesday and the start of Lent, pancakes were a way to use up any stocks of milk, butter and eggs which were forbidden during the abstinence of Lent.

Making pancakes is so quick, easy and cheap,  but make sure you make plenty, they are always very popular.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Resting time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: Depends on size of pan


  • 225g / 8 oz plain or all-purpose flour
  • Pinch salt
  • 2 large, fresh eggs
  • 600ml / 2½ cups milk
  • 2 tsp melted butter plus extra melted butter for cooking


Makes 12 pancakes

  • Sieve the flour into a large baking bowl, add the salt. Make a well in the centre of the flour and add the eggs. Beat well until smooth and lump free.
  • Add half the milk and the 2 tsp of butter, beat well. Add the remaining milk and stir.
  • Leave the batter to rest for 15 minutes.
  • Lightly grease a pancake pan or frying pan with a little melted butter. Heat until very hot and add a ladleful of batter so it evenly and thinly coats the base of the pan. Cook until set and lightly golden.
  • Using a spatula or if you are really brave try tossing the pancake in the air,  and cook on the other side for approx 30 seconds.
  • Slip the pancake from the pan onto a warm plate. Cover the plate with a tea cloth and keep warm.. Continue as above until all the batter is used up.

To Serve

On Pancake Day, pancakes are traditionally eaten sprinkled with sugar and a squeeze of lemon. However, serve as you like with jam, Golden Syrup, honey, chocolate spread; whatever takes your fancy.


Pancakes from Around the World

If you love British pancakes, you may want to try some of the many other types of pancake made around the world, take a look here.

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