Perfect Pancakes

This recipe can easily be doubled or tripled to make as many as you like – any uneaten pancakes will keep in a stack for 24 hours or you can even freeze them!

Do not worry if the first pancake or two is a failure: it acts as a test for the consistency of the batter and the heat of the pan, and if you are new to pancake making you may prefer to make them slightly thicker, to be on the safe side, in which case you may only make eight.

Makes 12 thin pancakes.


  • 125g plain flour
  • 1 egg
  • 300ml milk
  • Your choice of topping


  1. 1. Sift the flour into a bowl and make a well in the middle. Whisk together one egg, one egg yolk and a little milk taken from the 300ml, then pour into the well. Whisk with a little of the flour.
  2. 2. Gradually whisk in half of the remaining milk, drawing in the rest of the flour a little at a time, to make a smooth batter. Stir in the remaining milk. Cover and leave to stand for about 30 minutes.
  3. 3. Heat the frying pan and brush with a little oil.
  4. 4. Ladle two or three tablespoons of batter into the pan and tilt the pan so that the batter spreads out evenly over the bottom.
  5. 5. Cook the pancake over a medium-high heat for 45-60 seconds until small holes appear on the surface, the underside is lightly browned and the edge has started to curl. Loosen the pancake and turn it over by tossing or flipping it with a palette knife. Cook the other side for about 30 seconds until golden. Slide the pancake out of the pan.
  6. 6. Heat and lightly grease the pan again before making the next pancake. Add your choice of topping and serve.


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