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Traditional pancakes

Try this delicious recipe for a good old-fashioned pancake. Simple and quick to make, this basic recipe means you can top your pancakes with whatever you like.

  • 5 minutes prep. time
  • 2–3 minutes each cooking time
  • Serves 6–8 pancakes
  • Cakes, bakes & desserts
Cooked pancake in a frying pan
Cook the perfect pancake with this traditional recipe | © National Trust Images/Rachel Whiting


  • 125g plain flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 300ml milk
  • 25g melted butter
  • Oil for frying


Step 1

Put the flour and salt in a large bowl, make a small well in the middle. Crack in the eggs, add a splash of the milk and the melted butter.

Step 2

Use a balloon whisk to start whisking from the centre, gradually working your way outwards to incorporate the flour.

Step 3

Once the flour is mixed in, continue to whisk while you gradually pour in the remaining milk. Continue whisking until you have a smooth batter the consistency of single cream.

Step 4

Place a teaspoon of oil in a frying pan over a medium-high heat and swirl around so it is evenly coated. 

Step 5

Use a ladle to drizzle in the batter, swirling the pan at the same time until the batter coats the bottom of the pan in a thin layer.

Step 6

Leave for around 30 seconds. The pancake should start to bubble on top and then, holding the pan firmly, carefully shake the pan to loosen the pancake.

Step 7

Slide a fish slice or a palette knife underneath the pancake and carefully turn the pancake over. It should be a rich golden brown on the bottom.

Step 8

Leave for another 30 seconds and carefully lift the pancake to look underneath, making sure it’s cooked, then tip out of the pan onto a plate.

Step 9

Repeat with the remaining batter mix. Cover with your favourite topping and serve hot.

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