Basic pancakes

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By: Tamasin Day-Lewis From: Tamasin's Weekends

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This recipe is classed as easy

Rating 3.21 / 5 (374 votes)

Prep time:
15 min, plus standing
Cook time:
15 min
Makes 8 pancakes

A basic pancake recipe is all you need to whip up a treat - now just pick your topping!


1. Sift the flour into a bowl and make a well in the centre. Add the eggs and beat with a whisk or fork. Gradually beat in the milk, drawing in the flour from around the edge, until you have a smooth batter.

2. Cover and leave to stand in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.

3. Heat a little oil in a 18cm heavy-based frying pan, tilting the pan to spread the oil evenly.

4. Pour in just enough batter to thinly coat the base of the pan. Cook for 1-2 minutes until golden on the under side. Flip over, and cook the other side until golden.

5. Transfer to a plate and keep warm.

6. Repeat with the remaining batter to make eight pancakes.


  • 120 g plain flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 300 ml milk
  • vegetable oil, for frying

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This recipe is great. We made piles and piles of pancakes with this and it worked every time - apart from when we flipped them to the floor!

Tom_Good_Food Tom_Good_Food  Posted 12 Feb 2013 4:40 PM

Anna -Good Food Anna -Good Food  Posted 12 Feb 2013 12:02 PM

I made several batches to make 40 of these pancakes last night, they came out perfectly. This is my go-to pancake recipe.

Anna -Good Food Anna -Good Food  Posted 12 Feb 2013 12:02 PM

This recipe works out every time, I substitute gluten free flour and soya milk as I am gluten and lactose intolerant. I can't make them faster enough for my granddauger.

ChristineS29879 ChristineS29879 Posted 07 Oct 2012 8:10 AM

Just made it now! Love it

I added some of my favourite Jam on top Smile

BluLad BluLad Posted 27 Sep 2012 12:40 PM

try lovly straberry bannas and chopped apples with ice cream or fresh cream delishes

molly23 molly23 Posted 11 Jul 2012 6:00 PM

JoanP82450 JoanP82450 Posted 20 Feb 2012 7:30 PM

Careful with the flipping - last year I flipped too hard and the
pancake stuck to the ceiling and dripped on me!

"Pep" Posted 19 Feb 2012 12:42 PM

I have been using this recipe for many years and my kids love them.

GrahamS6468 GrahamS6468 Posted 19 Feb 2012 10:18 AM

just double the ingredients x

mummythatsyummy mummythatsyummy Posted 17 Apr 2011 9:39 PM

The recipe I use every year... it never lets me down! I always double it and make 16 pancakes.

Jen - Good Food Jen - Good Food Posted 09 Mar 2011 11:27 AM

I'm gona givem ago 2ngt:liking the sound of the cointreau...

BelindaM68421 BelindaM68421 Posted 08 Mar 2011 11:00 AM

one question: if I want to do more than 8, how many ingredients do I use ..I mean quantity?

leeC6848 leeC6848 Posted 04 Mar 2011 4:17 AM

I've used the recipe many times. Sometimes I add a dessert spoon full of Cointreau to the batter, it adds a beautiful rich flavour and goes well with the traditional lemon and sugar filing.

Paul7rhg Paul7rhg Posted 04 Mar 2011 2:13 AM

A simple recipe. Even i couldn't have gone wrong!!!!

johnM18722 johnM18722 Posted 03 Mar 2011 4:51 PM

Very reliable. It's the recipe I use most often

sandieE4 sandieE4 Posted 18 Oct 2010 3:17 PM

This is the most reliable recipe I've come across - I come back to it every year!

Amanda - UKTV Amanda - UKTV Posted 19 Feb 2010 12:14 PM

She is so sexy and the pankakes with beaton cream and jam were eaten up by only me!

bobbygraham bobbygraham Posted 13 Feb 2010 2:32 AM

Loved this recipe. Made eight small pancakes for me.

glow_worm glow_worm Posted 04 Jul 2009 11:37 PM

theres a easier way

Anonymous Anonymous Posted 04 Jul 2009 7:29 AM

So good.. its the rest that does it!!

crapper crapper Posted 20 Jun 2009 7:45 PM

Wow BasicAnd Great I Am 15 And Cant Boil An Egg But xxxxxx! These PancakesAre Good....

Jaid KlaireT83857 Jaid KlaireT83857 Posted 17 Jun 2009 10:30 AM

It is basic, but I only do this once a year, so it's difficult to remember the quantities! This is pretty fool proof as long as you have a good hot pan. We ate half with ham and jarlsburg cheese, and the other half with lemon and sugar.

Jen - Good Food Jen - Good Food Posted 23 Feb 2009 9:13 AM

Some of us need the basics lol

LynneD6397 LynneD6397 Posted 21 Feb 2009 4:48 PM

Day One Basics that....ha ha

TrevS91341 TrevS91341 Posted 02 Oct 2008 11:31 AM

You should NEVER put a hot iron frying-pan under a cold tap.. Could ruin it.. Believe me,, I live in Sweden!

mamsen mamsen Posted 19 Sep 2008 4:30 PM