Traditional Pancake Day Recipe

Traditional Pancake Day Recipe

10 January 2024

For those of you who are excited about Pancake Day but unsure where to begin, fear not as we’re sharing our secret recipe for creating delicious pancakes at home with your favourite frying pan! 


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Makes 8 pancakes

Preperation Time

5 minutes

Cooking Time

8 minutes


100 Grams of Plain Flour

2 Eggs

250ml of Milk

1 Tbsp of Sunflower Oil OR 2 Tbsp Melted Butter

Optional: a pinch of salt for savoury pancakes OR a pinch of caster sugar for sweet

Butter or oil for frying

Toppings of your choice


1Add eggs, flour, milk, sugar/salt, and melted butter/sunflower oil to a large bowl, jug, or food mixer and whisk until the batter is smooth

2 Heat a non-stick pan or skillet and add a teaspoon of butter or oil until it’s heated (it should foam/bubble when ready)

3 Once your pan is heated, add a ladle full of your pancake batter

4 Ensure you swirl or tilt your pan for an even spread of the mixture. Note: you don’t want the pancakes to be too thick so if there’s excess then pour back into your jug or bowl

5 Cook for around 30-45 seconds until golden in colour underneath. Check carefully using a palette knife to ensure your pancake is ready and not undercooked or burning

6 Once golden on the underside, you’ll need to flip your pancake over carefully either by using a palette knife or by using the pan to do so combined with some quick wrist action – if you’re feeling brave enough. Smooth out any folds. Note: young people should be supervised carefully throughout, but during this step in particular

7 Cook for another 30 - 45 seconds. Once cooked, tip out on to a plate and serve with your favourite toppings

8 Repeat the above process until you run out of batter. Pancakes can be cooled, wrapped and frozen for use within a month

Don't worry if you've got some dietary requirements that mean this recipe isn't for you - we also have a gluten-free pancake day recipe and a vegan pancake day recipe so everyone is catered for on pancake day!

Wondering what to top your delicious pancakes with? We have surveyed 2,000 UK adults to find out exactly what they will be topping their pancakes with on pancake day - is your favourite topping represented?