British pancakes

These British pancakes are easy to make with only a few ingredients. While they’re traditional for Shrove Tuesday (Mardi Gras), they make a delicious snack or dessert any time.


  • ¾ cup all purpose flour 105g plain flour
  • 1 pinch salt
  • ¾ cup whole milk 180ml
  • ¼ cup water 60ml
  • 2 eggs (large)
  • ½ tbsp butter for cooking (approx)


  1. Sift together the flour and salt into a bowl. Add the milk, water and eggs and whisk well. The batter should flow but not be overly thin. Set aside for a minute.
  2. Warm a wide skillet/frying pan or crepe pan over a medium-high heat. Melt a little butter and spread around the pan – I usually just use the end of the stick on the pan and melt and spread it at the same time.
  3. Reduce the heat slightly and add around ¼ cup (60ml) of the pancake batter to the pan. Tilt the pan slightly as you add the batter and swirl a little so the batter spreads out a bit, but it doesn’t need to be as thin as a crepe typically is.
  4. Let the pancake cook until the edges start to curl up and the top is dry – a couple minutes. If you lift up the edge, you should see a slight browning on the bottom. Flip the pancake over and cook a minute more on the other side. You may need to press the top down slightly with a spatula if it puffs up.
  5. Remove the pancake from the pan once the other side gets a few brown spots and keep warm while you cook the rest. Sprinkle each pancake with sugar, squeeze over some lemon juice, then either fold in half and again (ie so in quarters), or roll up. Best served warm.