How to make pancakes

How to make pancakes

Find out how to make pancakes the classic way. This recipe is great for sweet or savoury pancakes. Perfect for Pancake Day or just a special breakfast.

Each serving provides 317 kcal, 12.5g protein, 42g carbohydrates (of which 4g sugars), 10.5g fat (of which 3.5g saturates), 2g fibre and 0.5g salt.



  1. Put the flour and salt into a large bowl, make a well in the centre and pour in the milk and eggs. Give the liquid mixture a quick whisk before incorporating the flour. Continue to whisk until you have a smooth batter.

  2. Now add 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil and whisk thoroughly.

  3. Take a crêpe pan, or large frying pan, dip some kitchen paper in the oil and carefully wipe the inside of the pan. Heat the pan over a medium heat for 1 minute.

  4. Add just under a ladleful of batter to the pan and immediately start swirling it round the pan to get a nice even layer.

  5. Cook the pancake for 30–40 seconds. Use a palette knife to lift the pancake carefully to look at the underside to check it is golden brown before turning over. Cook the other side for approximately 30–40 seconds and transfer to a serving plate.

Recipe Tips

These pancakes can be eaten straight away or frozen after cooling - stack and wrap them in twos.

You can use this traditional pancake recipe to make sweet or savoury pancakes. For sweet pancakes, you can add a dessertspoon of caster sugar and the zest of an orange for a great flavour.

For savoury pancakes, you can add some finely chopped herbs such as dill and parsley, or perhaps some grated Parmesan.