How to make pancakes and our very best pancake recipes

Small details can really mean the difference between a lacklustre pancake and one that has everyone lining up for more. Make this year’s Shrove Tuesday a night to remember with these six handy tips on how to make perfect, simple thin pancakes every single time.

How to make pancakes and our very best pancake recipes

How do you make perfect pancakes every time?

What’s the best pancake batter ratio?

Depending on the absorbency of your flour – you’re looking for a batter with the consistency of single cream. You can double or treble our core recipe to make as many pancakes as you need. 

Should you rest pancake batter?

Letting the batter rest for a few hours allows the gluten to relax and the starch in the flour to soak up the liquid. The result is a softer, lighter pancake. 

What pan should you use to make pancakes?

Use a heavy-based, non-stick frying pan, as it will distribute a constant, even heat. A shallow lip means you don’t have to get too much height when flipping and you’re less likely to catch the pancake on the edge as it settles back down into the pan.

How how should a pan be for pancakes?

The pan needs to be properly hot before you start cooking. If you’re using butter for frying it needs to foam when it hits the pan, and oil should have a loose, shimmery consistency. Use a piece of kitchen paper or a silicone pastry brush to brush the fat over the base of the pan. 

When should you flip a pancake?

Allow the batter to cook on the first side for slightly longer than your instinct tells you (if in doubt, lift the edge with a palette knife to check the pancake has some colour). To flip, loosen the pancake with a palette knife, then slide it towards the far side of the pan before you toss. The other side needs slightly less cooking time. 

Should you eat pancakes straightaway?

Pancakes need to be eaten straightaway. Flip and eat. Work like a production line, taking turns. Roll or fold? Your choice.

best pancake recipes: classic crepe pancakes

Our best-ever pancake recipes…

American fluffy pancakes

This proper American pancake recipe creates the lightest, fluffiest pancakes. Serve a stack for a decadent brunch or whip up a batch for Shrove Tuesday.

Dutch baby with fruity compote and ice cream

If you like Yorkshire pudding then you’ll love this sweet version of the British classic: Dutch Baby. We’ve served it with berry compote and vanilla ice cream, but custard would work just as well.

Dutch baby pancake

Thin crêpe pancakes

The perfect pancakes made flippin’ easy: make Shrove Tuesday a night to remember by following this classic crêpe recipe, we promise it’ll have everyone rolling up for more.

classic crepe pancakes

Savoury chicken pancakes 

Use leftover roast chicken and ready-made pancakes to make this speedy savoury pancake recipe. It’s creamy, cheesy and makes a decadent pancake day treat.

Best pancake recipes: Savoury pancakes

Dairy-free pancakes

These dairy-free pancakes are made with soya milk and yogurt, making them a great alternative to the traditional recipe on Pancake Day.

Best pancake recipes: Dairy-free pancakes

Apple pancakes with toffee sauce

This quick pancake recipe is great for breakfast, or as a pudding served with maple syrup and vanilla ice cream.

Apple pancakes

Duck pancakes

These savoury pancakes, filled with crunchy pickled spring onions, perfectly cooked duck and hoisin sauce, are a far cry from the ones you get from the takeaway.

Duck pancakes

Hungry for more? Check out all of our pancake recipes.

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