The best pancake day recipe

Because everyone needs a classic pancake day recipe under their belt

pancake day recipe

by Emily Gilbert |

Everyone loves pancakes and we're not surprised! A delicious treat whatever the time of day, pancakes are one of those things which divides us all on the topping front. Are you a classic lemon and sugar kind of person? What about fresh cream and fruit? Or perhaps you've got a sweet tooth up and load up with Nutella or syrup.

Whatever you choose, you need a good pancake day recipe in your arsenal so you can churn out this tasty dish year after year with no complaints. And you won't be disappointed with this one from BBC Food. Simply swap out the toppings for whatever you fancy.


120g/4oz plain flour

pinch salt

2 free-range eggs

210ml/7fl oz milk

90ml/3fl oz water

1 tbsp vegetable oil

butter, for frying

To serve

caster sugar

lemon juice

lemon wedges


  1. Mix the flour and salt together in a large bowl.
  1. Make a well in the centre and crack in the eggs.
  1. In a separate bowl mix together the milk and the water.
  1. Beat the eggs into the flour with a wooden spoon and gradually beat in the milk and water mixture to get a smooth liquid the consistency of single cream.
  1. Stir in the oil and allow to stand for 30 minutes before using.
  1. Heat a non-stick frying pan until very hot, then add a small knob of butter. Ladle in a ladleful of the batter, quickly turning the pan to coat the base evenly with the batter. Cook for 30 seconds to one minute, until the base is lightly browned.
  1. Using a palette knife, gently flip the pancake over and cook on the other side for a few seconds, until lightly browned. Slide the pancake onto a plate, cover with greaseproof paper and keep warm. Repeat the process with the remaining batter.
  1. To serve, sprinkle the pancakes with caster sugar and lemon juice, then fold twice to form triangles. Serve the lemon wedges alongside.

Get your dog involved in the fun too with their very own dog pancakes!

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