Scotch Pancakes Recipe


  • 225g self-raising flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • 50g caster sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 280ml milk
  • 1 tbsp sunflower or vegetable oil
  • Butter or oil for greasing


  • Large mixing bowl
  • Whisk
  • Large frying pan or griddle
  • Spatula


  • Combine Dry Ingredients: In a large bowl, sift together the flour, salt, and caster sugar. This ensures an even distribution and prevents lumps.
  • Make a Well: Create a well in the center of the dry ingredients.
  • Whisk Wet Ingredients: In a separate bowl or jug, whisk together the egg and milk until well combined.
  • Gradually Add Wet to Dry: Slowly pour the milk and egg mixture into the well of dry ingredients, whisking continuously from the center outwards to incorporate the dry ingredients. Whisk until you have a smooth, thick batter.
  • Incorporate Oil: Add the oil and whisk gently to combine. The batter should be thick enough to hold its shape but still pourable.
  • Heat the Pan: Lightly grease a large frying pan or griddle with a little butter or oil and place over medium heat.
  • Cook the Pancakes: Drop tablespoons of batter onto the hot pan, leaving space for them to spread. Cook in batches if needed. Cook for 1-2 minutes on the first side, or until bubbles form on the surface and the edges look slightly set.
  • Flip and Finish: Once the underside is golden brown, carefully flip the pancakes and cook for a further minute or until cooked through and golden brown on both sides.
  • Keep Warm: Transfer cooked pancakes to a plate and cover with a clean tea towel to keep warm while you cook the remaining batter.

Serving Suggestions:

  • Traditional: with butter and maple syrup or golden syrup
  • Fruit: Top with fresh berries, sliced banana, or a dollop of jam.
  • Lemon & Sugar: Squeeze a little lemon juice and sprinkle with sugar
  • Savory twist: Top with crispy bacon and a drizzle of maple syrup


  • Batter Consistency: The batter should drop easily off the spoon but still hold its shape. If it’s too thin, add a bit more flour. If it’s too thick, add a splash of milk.
  • Don’t Overmix: Overmixing the batter will develop gluten and lead to tough pancakes. Aim for a smooth mixture with just a few small lumps remaining.
  • Even Cooking: Use a consistent medium heat for even cooking and to prevent burning.

Enjoy your delicious homemade Scotch pancakes!


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