Classic thin Pancakes

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I am a big pancake fan and pancake day is something I look forward to. One year we had a pancake week and did lots of savoury pancake recipes which went surprisingly well.

I grew up with classic style thin pancakes. These are great savoury or sweet. Pancakes are really easy to make, the batter only takes a few minutes to pull together. Making pancakes is also a really great activity with kids, the batter is really simple to follow.

Ingredients for pancake batter

  • 50g plain flour
  • 1 egg
  • 150ml milk
  • pinch of salt

Method for classic pancakes

The first job is to mix the batter, adding the milk slowly should help you get a smooth batter.

When you cook your batter I wait for the bubbles before flipping. I flip with a fish slice as I don’t want to risk any pancake on the floor with failed flipping attempts but each to their own.

classic pancakes

I love that you almost always have pancake ingredients in and they feel like such a treat. Perfect for weekend breakfasts.

classic pancakes

Pancake Toppings

Pancakes are great savoury or sweet so you can have a real variety of toppings, be experimental and have fun with your pancakes. Here are some of my favourite toppings:

  • Lemon & sugar
  • Strawberries & creme fraiche
  • Golden syrup
  • Maple Syrup
  • Ice Cream
  • Nutella
  • Bacon & Egg
  • Ham & Cheese
classic pancakes
Print Recipe

Classic Pancakes

Thin classic pancakes, can be savoury or sweet.
Course Breakfast, brunch, Dessert
Keyword breakfast, Eggs, flour, pancakes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 people


  • 50 g plain flour
  • 1 egg
  • 150 ml milk
  • a pinch of salt


  • Put the flour in a bowl and add a pinch of salt
  • Add the egg to the bowl
  • Add a tablespoon of milk to the bowl and begin to mix
  • Slowly add the milk as you continue to mix the batter
  • The batter should be smooth and only slightly thickened
  • Heat the pan adding some oil or fry light. Then pour 2 tablespoons of batter into the hot pan. Swirl the pan so the batter covers the whole pan
  • After about 1 minute the batter will be cooking and you should be able to easily lift the edges of the batter with a spatula. Flip the pancake.
  • Cook for another minute then serve while warm

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  1. Grace
    February 25, 2021 / 1:49 pm

    These arnt pancakes there watery crepes, I don’t recommend :/

    • Jade
      February 25, 2021 / 2:56 pm

      Hi Grace I am sorry the recipe didn’t work out for you. I have been using this recipe for a long time and never experienced them as watery. Can I ask if you used the exact recipe and if you had a problem with the flavour or the texture. They have been tested many times so just want to see what has happened when you tried it.

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