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How to Make Pancakes!

Updated on February 8, 2014

Teach Your Kids How to Make Pancakes

Teach your children how to make pancakes - English style. Kids love them and making pancakes is child's play! why is making English pancakes so much fun? The secret is in the tossing!

One of the first cooking basics that I taught my son was how to make English pancakes, so why not teach your kids to cook them too?

This is a very standard recipe and comes from my Grandmother's recipe book. Pancakes are just so versatile that it's well worth having a good pancake recipe up your sleeve. You can make savoury pancakes and sweet pancakes. They can be simple snacks or desserts for kids, or you can make much more sophisicated, gourmet pancake dishes for adults or even dinner parties. Pancakes make a delicious supper snack.

Pancakes mean different things to different people - these pancakes are the English pancakes that we eat on Shrove Tuesday, (or Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday, Pancake Tuesday), but of course you can eat them whenever you like. Scottish pancakes and American pancakes are different again. In France, where I live now, pancakes are called 'crepes' and are much thinner and lighter.

This is dedicated to my son, and his French friend who stayed at our Bed and Breakfast in France, Les Trois Chenes in Videix, Limousin, South West France. Our young French guest loved our English pancakes so much that he asked me to show him EXACTLY how to make them.

This is what they did .... EXACTLY


This work by Barbara Walton is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License

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Pancake Toppings - Sweet or Savory

Let your fancy get the better of you!

When we we little, my Mum used to serve the pancakes with sweet toppings, lemon juice or orange juice with sugar, and golden syrup were our favourites, but you can also make savoury pancakes. I had wonderful savoury pancakes in a Dutch pancake shop. They sprinkled the tops of the pancakes with Dutch cheeses and ham - gorgeous!

You can really just put on whatever you fancy but here are just a few ideas:

Savoury Pancakes:

Cheese, ham, chicken, asparagus, ratatouille and just about anything!

TIP: If you're using cheese as a topping, put it onto the pancake once you have turned it over so that the cheese can melt into the mixture. You can do the same for the meat. (This was how they made it at the Dutch Pancake house!)

Sweet Pancakes :

Lemon juice, orange juice, fresh fruit, cream, fruit or other syrups, jam, chocolate spread, honey and just about anything!

Kids love pancakes - so teach them how to make them!

Cook Time

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20

Serves: 6

Ingredients

  • 4 oz flour / 100g / 1 cup
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 pint milk / 300ml / 1 1/4 cups
  • pinch salt
  • Light oil like sunflower

Instructions

  1. Put the flour and salt into a bowl and make a small well in the centre.
  2. Add the egg and slowly mix it into the flour.
  3. Add the milk a little at a time, drawing the flour from around the edges of the well.
  4. You should now have a smooth batter without lumps
  5. Heat a little oil in a frying pan - a bout the size of a small wrist watch
  6. Drop a tiny bit of the pancake mixture into the oil - it should sizzle around the edges when hot enough. (Remove)
  7. Quickly add three tablespoons of the mixture to the oil and swirl around the pan to make an even, round pancake
  8. Cook until the pancake is browned underneath and just cooked on top
  9. Turn the pancake with a spatular or by tossing (if you dare)
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How to Make English Pancakes ....... Exactly

Put the Flour, Salt a Bowl - Make a well in the centre and break in the egg

Using a Spoon Mix the Egg into the Flour - Then Mix in the Milk A Little at a Time

As you mix the flour should be drawn in from the walls of the well. The point of all this is to make a smooth batter - ie NO LUMPS!

If You Do Get Lumps - Don't Panic! - Squash them out with the back of the spoon

If it's really bad, you can press the mixture through a sieve.

The Pancake Batter Should be Thick Enough to Coat the Spoon - But thin enough to pour

Put a Tiny Amount of Oil into a Frying Pan - About the size of a small wrist watch

It's important that there is JUST enough oil to cover the base of the pan once you have spread it out with a spatula. Heat it up and then test it ....

PS You might do better if you have a nice, new, non-stick frying pan. This is the pan that I've had for as long as I can remember!

Test the Temperature of Your Oil - Put in a drop of your batter mixture

Your mixture should begin to sizzle and bubble around the edges. Remove the drops of mixture when this happens and swiftly put in the main mixture.

The first one doesn't always work so don't worry - give it to the dog!

Quickly Put Three Serving Spoons of Mixture into the Pan - Swirl it around until it's round and thin

Let it cook until it turns a darker colour and begins to cook through. In the picture you can see that on the right hand side is still not cooked through and is still a paler colour.

Lift Your Pancake and Check that it is Turning a Golden Brown Underneath - If it is, it's ready to turn

You can turn you pancake by using the spatula, or by tossing ... see below ...

It's Ready to Serve When Both Sides Look Like This - Check underneath again

Tossing Pancakes - Do you have the nerve?

Pity I couldn't catch this pancake in mid-air! Perhaps next time.

Gently shuffle the pancake around the pan to make sure it's loose, then shake the pan and tip it away from you until the pancake slips to the edge of the pan furthest away from you. Then you flick the pan up towards you and flip the pancake over.

Make sure you do it over the table - just in case!

Have Fun Adding Your Own Toppings - Use Your Imagination!

We served ours with honey, jam, lemon juice and sugar

We Eat Pancakes on Shrove Tuesday

Also known as Pancake Tuesday, Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday

Why Do We Eat Pancakes on Shrove Tuesday

What is Pancake Day all about?

Really, the tradition of making pancakes on Shrove Tuesday was all about eating up the foods that were 'banned' during the fast of Lent. Shrove Tuesday is the day preceding Ash Wednesday, which is the first day of Lent. It's a day that changes from year to year as it's linked to Easter.

Pancake Tuesday is celebrated in United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and Canada. In other countries, especially the Spanish and Italian speaking countries, Pancake Day is known as "Fat Tuesday" or "Mardi Gras" or "Carnival" (English-language spelling). Carnival comes from the words carne levare, (to take away meat) - not eating meat is another part of the Lenten fast. Carnival is celebrated with street processions, loud and cheerful music, fabulous fancy dress and gorgeous foods. The Brazilian Carnival in Rio de Janeiro is one of the most famous carnivals and it's been exported to Notting Hill in London. In Itlay the Venetians have their famous masqued balls.

All the world over, 'Pancake Day' is a day to be celebrated, and who couldn't do with a bit of celebration in the middle of February? If your country doesn't celebrate it - why not take it over? All the best clelebrations are kept on, given new names and meanings. Make up your very own Pancake Day celebration and use it as an excuse to EAT PANCAKES!


Image: A girl in costume for the Notting Hill Carnival in London courtesy of C. G. P. Grey Wikimedia Commons

As You Can See I Need A New Frying Pan - I turned to non-stick frying pans on Amazon

Having the pleasure of living miles from anywhere in the French countryside is certainly a great joy, but it also means that I use Amazon a lot. I'm so pleased that I bought a brand new non-sticke frying pan!

What Are Your Favourite Pancakes? - Sweet pancakes or savoury pancakes?

Do you prefer sweet or savoury pancakes?

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      JoshK47 4 years ago

      Popping back in to sprinkle some angel dust on these pancakes!

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      webscan 4 years ago

      I want to try this out myself. Thankful I found a pancake recipe that does not require the use of baking soda, baking powder or other chemicals. Thank you very much.

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      Barbara Walton 5 years ago from France

      @Im into that: Isn't it funny, Im_into_that , I never tried them with self raising flour. Now there's something new. I'm such a stick-in-the-mud! Thanks for letting me know how you got on and passing on this new trick.

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      Barbara Walton 5 years ago from France

      @Blackspaniel1: blackspanielgallery, thank you for dropping by. Much appreciated.

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      Barbara Walton 5 years ago from France

      @joanhall: Thanks Joan. Are you going to give them a try?

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      Barbara Walton 5 years ago from France

      @russiangifts: Home made strawberry jam and pancakes Hmmm....

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      Barbara Walton 5 years ago from France

      @piarejuden: I love the fact that you can make them when you don't have much else, and they're quick, simple and almost universally liked.

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      Barbara Walton 5 years ago from France

      @anonymous: Hi Tipi. Yes, you really must try savoury pancakes. I'll make some and put pics on the lens. I think the problem with the first is too much oil and /or oil not hot enough. the second usually works though.

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      Barbara Walton 5 years ago from France

      @ecogranny: These sound mouthwateringly scrumptious! Love fresh berry fruits and maple syrup for us is a great treat. France isn't a wholefood sort of country, though, but if I can find whole wheat I'll give your sourdough pancakes a try, Grace.

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      Barbara Walton 5 years ago from France

      @KateHonebrink: Thanks for these kind words Kate. I was so pleased to be included.

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      Barbara Walton 5 years ago from France

      @happynutritionist: Thanks so much for your congratualtions, happynutritionist. Not sure pancakes are super nutritionally, but as part of a balanced diet etc they are super.

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      Barbara Walton 5 years ago from France

      @northwestarkansas: Sometimes the simple things are actually the things with the most meaning for us. Pancakes for me means my Mom and home, amnongst other things. Real 'comfort food'. Pleased it made you smile, northwestarkansas.

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      NTxWriter 5 years ago

      I used to have my own daycare years ago and pancakes were the favorite breakfast! Now my grandkids love them and whenever they spend the night we make some for breakfast. Great lens!

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      Barbara Walton 5 years ago from France

      @NTxWriter: Kids love them, they can do their own toppings and they are fun to make. Pancakes are win, win, win situations!

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      Barbara Walton 5 years ago from France

      @April Wier: Probably you were just so preoccupied and busy that you left the oil on the flame until it was really hot. I think very hot oil is the key to pancake making. (Warning though folks - never leave your frying pan on the flame - I have had a pan fire and it was pretty nasty!)

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      Barbara Walton 5 years ago from France

      @mumsgather: This is a great tip, mumsgather. I'm going to try this next time and add it to the lens! Thank you.

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      Barbara Walton 5 years ago from France

      @TonyPayne: Thank you Tony, for your repeat visit and congratulations. Thing about photos is that I'm slightly ashamed of my grotty-looking frying pan!

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      Barbara Walton 5 years ago from France

      @coletta lm: Thank you for leaving a message, coletta. Much appreciated.

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      Barbara Walton 5 years ago from France

      @patriciapeppy: Thanks for dropping by Patricia. Get making pancakes!

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      Barbara Walton 5 years ago from France

      @Anna2of5: This strawberry trick sounds wonderful, Anna. I must say, that I get to a point and then stop experimenting. Re microwave, I learnt pancake making from my mother long before the microwave was invented and never really incorporated it into my pancake repertoire.

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      Barbara Walton 5 years ago from France

      @JoshK47: JoshK47, thank you for your message and blessing. One thing these pancakes are good for is filling you up!

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      Barbara Walton 5 years ago from France

      @Gypzeerose: thank you so much for your comment and blessing bloomingrose. Hope the dog appreciates it!

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      Barbara Walton 5 years ago from France

      @avigarret: Many thanks for your message, raitoavi.

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      Im into that 5 years ago

      Just made your pancake recipe, went down a treat with my 2 yr old daughter. Had no plain flour so used self raising flour. They were so light and fluffy

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      PaulWinter 5 years ago

      I love pancakes. They are perfect as a breakfast treat. Too good to only be eaten on pancake day!

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      Blackspaniel1 5 years ago

      Nice lens

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      Joan Hall 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      I have such a weakness for lenses about food! This one is beautiful.

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      russiangifts 5 years ago from USA

      lestroischenes, this is my favorite food in the whole world! So, not only children, but adults LOVE crepes too :-) I make them on Sundays for a special occasions. I have to try your recipe! Oh, and my favorite topping for crepes is Strawberry preserves (home made). Thanks!!!

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      piarejuden 5 years ago

      Thanks for the information on pancakes, great lens!! I have mine simple just butter and maple syrup... pancakes are always yummy...

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I forgot to mention, everyone's dog will wait for pancake day, that is a funny thing about pancakes that the first one doesn't seem to be the best.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Well you are teaching me something here, I've only had the sweet pancakes and am thinking I would like the savory version even better, cheese is the ticket! Congratulations on being included on the Best New Cheese Recipe Lenses on Squidoo Monster Board!

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      Kathryn Grace 5 years ago from San Francisco

      These look light and delicious. My favorite pancakes are whole wheat sourdough, topped with strawberries or blueberries, or a combination of same, and drizzled with maple syrup.

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      KateHonebrink 5 years ago

      Delicious, delightful, delectable pancake article! Great job on it and congratulations for being featured on the cheesiest monsterboard! You deserve it!!

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      happynutritionist 5 years ago

      What a yummy page, delicious pictures! Congrats on the pretty purple star:-)

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      northwestarkansas 5 years ago

      This lens is so full of information and creative about a simple topic, pancakes. I really enjoyed this lens, it just makes me smile :).

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      April Wier 5 years ago

      I ALWAYS messed up my pancakes...until I got pregnant. My husband jokes that is because ALL moms know how to make pancakes.

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      mumsgather 5 years ago

      This is wonderful. Sometimes we add one mashed banana in our batter. It has a natural sweetness. Blessed.

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      Tony Payne 5 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Wonderful recipes and photos, congratulations on your Purple Star award.

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      coletta lm 5 years ago

      My kids love pancakes! Great lens, pinned to my recipes board on pinterest :)

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      patriciapeppy 5 years ago

      I think I'm hungry now. Beautiful lens.

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      Anna2of5 5 years ago

      A friend of mine showed me how to make pancakes before I was to get married, it has been a great help to me, even if it was only from a mix, the technique was very good to know about. I've served pancakes before for dinner. Sometimes I'll use some frozen strawberries from California (they're massive) pour sugar over them and microwave them until they get squishy, and pour some of the juice on our pancakes. Its quite a nice treat, good to do on a Sat. morning, too. :) Thanks for the recipe, too.

      Sincerely, Anna2of5

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      What a wonderful lens, made me super hungry! Thanks so much for sharing! Blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      Such a simple, lovely recipe - and you have brought so much to it. Pinned to my Cooking and Food board. And about the time you told me to feed the mistake to the dog, I decided this lens needed an angel blessing. :)

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      avigarret 5 years ago

      Those pancakes look delicious and yet so simple to make, thank you for sharing!

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      Barbara Walton 5 years ago from France

      @anonymous: Savoury pancakes are great. Quick and easy to make and just fill them with whatever comes to hand. Melted cheese to top off! Let me know how it goes, Dave.

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      Barbara Walton 5 years ago from France

      @MelonyVaughan: Thanks for the kind words Melony.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I love pancakes. I always eat them with butter and syrup, but would like to try savory pancakes.

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      MelonyVaughan 5 years ago

      Excellent tips and a great recipe!

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      Barbara Walton 5 years ago from France

      @favored: I forget, now, what my pre-hen food was like, favoured1. I use our own 'totally' free range hens who spend their day scratching around in wild flower meadows and hedgerows, and destroying my garden! The grass and greenery they eat, which is considerable, gives the eggs this brilliant, (literally) colour. I'm pleased you are happy about your recipe being included. Do try the lemon juice and sugar. Sweet but with a definite tingle to it!

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      Barbara Walton 5 years ago from France

      @oceansky lm: Many thanks for your visit, oceansky, and for this encouragement!

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      Barbara Walton 5 years ago from France

      @Fcuk Hub: They're certainly great comfort foods, LubosLabik. I like the fact that you can whip up something at short notice, so long as you have an egg.

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      Barbara Walton 5 years ago from France

      @evelynsaenz1: Thanks for your message Evelyn. It helps if you show children how to make things they love. My son quickly came up with the idea of adapting his mixture by adding chocolate to it! It works - if you like that sort of thing.

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      Fay Favored 5 years ago from USA

      How did you get the pancakes so yellow? I would have never thought about using juices, but it sounds good. Thank you for including my lens here, that was a really sweet thing to do. Hopefully I'll be having pancakes in the morning. Maybe I'll try using oj.

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      Lisa Morris 5 years ago

      Yum, pancakes. You did an amazing job.

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      Fcuk Hub 5 years ago

      Great lens :) I love pancakes :) I would eat them all day and night :)

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      Evelyn Saenz 5 years ago from Royalton

      Blessed by a Squid Angel!

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      Evelyn Saenz 5 years ago from Royalton

      Pancakes are my kids' favorite breakfast and one of the first recipes they learned to cook.

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      Barbara Walton 5 years ago from France

      @TonyPayne: Thanks for this comment Tony. It's good to know that my family produced typical pancakes. Of course we can see them on pancake day when people make and toss them. I agree - sugar and lemon juice is best! (Son would prefer horrid chocolate spread!)

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      Tony Payne 5 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Just like my Mum used to make. All we ever knew was sugar and lemon juice on them, and even now having experienced lots of other toppings and fillings, this is the best for me. They are so simple to make, sprinkle the sugar and lemon on, then roll them up and mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm! Great lens, great easy to follow instructions, and great photos. Now all we need is smell-a-vision! Blessed.

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      Barbara Walton 5 years ago from France

      @AlleyCatLane: The beauty of pancakes is there are just so many variations. I make what I call drop scones - the same mixture but thicker and with a little raising agent. Also lovely. I'll add another plexo for pancake recipes, please do add your oatmeal recipe - it sounds delicious.

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      Barbara Walton 5 years ago from France

      @Scarlettohairy: I'm not sure what American pancakes are like, scarletohairy, but I love what the Scots call pancakes and the French crepes. One of my French guests told me she makes her pancakes with beer. Many thanks for your comments.

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      AlleyCatLane 5 years ago

      These are very different from my whole wheat oatmeal blueberry pancakes. I do like pancakes and crepes of all kind though.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      This sounds like an easy and delicious, lighter pancake. I'm not a fan of the big fat doughy pancakes. Thanks for the American measurements (cups), too!