Basic pancakes

A basic pancake recipe is all you need to whip up a treat - now just pick your topping!
By Tamasin Day-Lewis
Basic pancakes
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  • Serves: Makes 8 pancakes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes plus standing
  • Effort: easy



  • 120 g plain flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 300 ml milk
  • vegetable oil, for frying


1. Sift the flour into a bowl and make a well in the centre. Add the eggs and beat with a whisk or fork. Gradually beat in the milk, drawing in the flour from around the edge, until you have a smooth batter.

2. Cover and leave to stand in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.

3. Heat a little oil in a 18cm heavy-based frying pan, tilting the pan to spread the oil evenly.

4. Pour in just enough batter to thinly coat the base of the pan. Cook for 1-2 minutes until golden on the under side. Flip over, and cook the other side until golden.

5. Transfer to a plate and keep warm.

6. Repeat with the remaining batter to make eight pancakes.

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