5 Top Tips for homemade Perfect Pancakes

How to make homemade pancakes from scratch has been a mission of mine for years! I want you to avoid buying overpriced plastic bottles of 150g flour mix which you add water, milk and sometimes eggs too.!

So here are my top tips and an easy foolproof pancake recipe my mum used to make which requires no scales!

  1. The first top tip for making homemade perfect pancakes is not to over mix, just enough to bring it together and remove lumps of flour (avoid the batter going tough).
  2. Allow the batter to rest preferably for at least 20 minutes on the worktop (allows the gluten to relax and makes a lighter dough).
  3. Even heat across the base of the pan – this is why an old-fashioned Welsh/Scottish cast iron stone works a treat.  This is the reason the first pancake is not usually great as the pan is not evenly hot enough yet.
  4. Add a little melted butter to the mix for a richer taste.
  5. Use oil to fry the pancakes. Cook the pancakes on a medium heat.

The easiest homemade pancake recipe which involves no scales is:

1 mug of plain flour (or gluten-free flour)

1 mug of milk (dairy, plant-based or powdered milk (1 tbsp per 100ml water)

1 egg (or 4 tbsp aquafaba – chickpea water)

Add a splash of water if you want to make thinner pancakes

Add a teaspoon of cocoa powder to a small amount of batter to make pancake art.

Want to make American-style pancakes?

Reduce the amount of milk by half

Add 1 tsp of baking powder (or use self-raising flour)

Add 1 tsp of lemon juice to replicate buttermilk (optional)

Add 1 tsp of sugar


Lemon and sugar, maple syrup, sliced cooked fruit, chocolate spread

Why not go savoury? Spinach and soft cheese, ham and cheese sauce or try leftover bolognese mix, a great way to use up leftovers.

How many pancakes can you flip in one go? Record it and post on the Facebook page!

Did you know Get Cooking! can provide pancake-making workshops via Zoom to connect friends, family and work colleagues. Have fun in your kitchen under expert guidance!

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