Delight in Every Bite: English Pancake Recipe

Dear esteemed readers,

I am glad to present to you my recipe for Brunch English Pancakes. These traditional British pancakes have been a favorite breakfast option for centuries, especially during the annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Day celebration. As a chef specializing in British cuisine, I can assure you that this easy English pancakes sweet recipe will delight your taste buds.

In preparing this recipe, I enlisted the help of Queen Elizabeth’s pancake recipe, which has been handed down for generations. I blended the classic culinary techniques with modern ingredients to create a delicious American style pancake that has a thin and fluffy texture.

If you are looking for an exciting way to enjoy breakfast or brunch, these easy-to-make pancakes are worth trying. This delightful dish is perfect on its own or paired with some bacon, syrup or even lemon juice. Whether It’s breakfast for one or brunch with family and friends, these pancakes are sure to please.

So get ready to embark on a culinary journey through British cuisine as we prepare these mouth-watering Brunch English Pancakes!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Brunch English Pancakes
Brunch English Pancakes

Are you tired of the same bland breakfast every day? Do you want to elevate your brunch game? Look no further than this traditional British pancake recipe!

There’s a reason why Queen Elizabeth has been enjoying these pancakes for decades. Not only are they easy to make, but the combination of flour, eggs, and milk results in a beautiful thin and fluffy pancake perfect for any occasion. And let’s not forget the classic toppings of fresh lemon and sugar – it’s the perfect balance of sweetness and tartness that will leave your taste buds dancing.

But don’t let tradition hold you back. These versatile pancakes can be served with a variety of toppings – from whipped cream and berries to bacon and maple syrup. They can be made sweet or savory, making them an ideal choice for breakfast or brunch.

And if you’re worried about difficulty making them, don’t be! This recipe is extremely beginner-friendly and offers a great opportunity to get creative in the kitchen. Plus, with plenty of variations and substitutions available, each time you make them will offer something new.

So why not switch up your breakfast routine and try out these traditional British pancakes? In just a few simple steps, you’ll have a delicious meal that will satisfy your hunger and impress your taste buds.

Ingredient List

 Fluffy, golden pancakes perfect for brunch.
Fluffy, golden pancakes perfect for brunch.

Let’s Gather the Ingredients!

Before starting to make the English Pancakes, let’s collect all the ingredients that we will need. You will need:

  • Plain Flour: 2 cups
  • Baking Powder: 2 teaspoons
  • Caster Sugar: 1 tablespoon
  • Salt: 1/4 teaspoon
  • Eggs, Large: 2
  • Milk, Whole or Semi-Skimmed: 1 ½ cups
  • Butter, Melted and Cooled down: 1/4 cup

Tip: Make sure you use measuring cups and spoons for accurate measurements.

Optional Serve With:

  • Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice
  • White Sugar or Caster Sugar
  • Maple Syrup

With these simple ingredients, we’ll have a delicious breakfast or brunch option in no time!

The Recipe How-To

 Stack 'em high and top with your favorite syrup or fruits!
Stack ’em high and top with your favorite syrup or fruits!

Now, let us dive into the recipe itself. Here is how you can make Traditional British Pancakes in the comfort of your own home.


  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 pinch salt


  1. In a large mixing bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar.
  2. Make a well in the center of the bowl and crack the eggs into it. Mix the eggs with a fork or a whisk to break them up.
  3. Pour in half of the milk and start whisking slowly until a smooth, lump-free batter forms.
  4. Add the remaining milk and keep whisking until everything is combined and you have an even consistency.
  5. Leave the batter to rest for approximately 10-15 minutes so that it has time to thicken up slightly while you heat up your frying pan to medium-high heat.

Tip: Before cooking, stir the batter gently as some of the liquid will have separated.

  1. Once your frying pan is hot and ready (you can add a small amount of butter if you prefer), use a ladle or a spoon to pour your batter into little circles (approximately 12cm/5in) onto the center of your frying pan.
  2. Cook for about 1-2 minutes until bubbles begin forming on top and edges start looking dry.
  3. Use a spatula to flip your pancake over and cook for another minute or so on its other side.
  4. Repeat until you’ve used up all your batter.

Serving suggestion: While serving, top each pancake with a slice of fresh lemon and sprinkle some caster sugar on top.

Now sit back, enjoy your pancakes with a nice cup of tea and bask in the warmth of traditional British cuisine.

Substitutions and Variations

 Say goodbye to boxed mixes and hello to homemade deliciousness.
Say goodbye to boxed mixes and hello to homemade deliciousness.

My dear readers, I understand that sometimes we may not have all the ingredients we need for a recipe, or we may simply want to experiment and try something new. Therefore, in this section, I will offer some substitutes and variations for this English Pancakes recipe.

Firstly, for those who prefer a healthier option, I suggest substituting the plain flour with whole wheat flour. This will add more fiber to your pancakes and make them a bit heartier. You can also use almond flour for a gluten-free alternative.

For those looking to add some extra flavor to their pancakes, I highly recommend adding a teaspoon of cinnamon or nutmeg to the batter. The warm spices will give your pancakes a comforting aroma and flavor.

If you would like to brighten up your ordinary pancakes and make them truly fit for Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth herself, try adding lemon zest into the batter. This will give your pancakes a subtle citrus aroma that complements the sweetness of the sugar and tartness of the lemon juice poured over them.

For a delicious but also decadent twist on your pancakes, you could add chocolate chips into the batter or create a bed of sliced up strawberries on top. Another scrumptious and classy idea is to swap out your lemon and sugar topping with buttery syrup.

Lastly, if you’re hosting a brunch party with guests from all over the world, don’t forget that English pancakes are also known as crepes in France. Hence, you can serve them with Nutella or any other preferred filling typical of sweet crepes. And why not honor American-style fluffy pancakes by adding crispy bacon slices on top?

In short, use your imagination to experiment with different flavors and toppings to find your signature pancake recipe!

Serving and Pairing

 Get ready to impress your breakfast guests with these scrumptious pancakes.
Get ready to impress your breakfast guests with these scrumptious pancakes.

Now that you’ve made your batch of traditional British a.k.a English pancakes, it’s time to serve and enjoy them! These wonderful pancakes are so versatile that they can be served in many different ways, depending on your preference. The most classic way to eat these pancakes is by simply squeezing a bit of fresh lemon juice over them and then sprinkling some caster sugar on top. This creates a delightfully tangy and sweet taste which is sure to please.

For those who like to indulge in even more sweetness, you can add some syrup or honey over the pancake’s surface. Other toppings that may pair well with this recipe include: bacon, ham, berries, bananas and whipped cream. The options are all up to you, as this pancake recipe pairs well with sweet and savory ingredients alike.

If you’re looking to make brunch or breakfast a little fancier, you can serve these pancakes with a side of fresh fruit salad and yogurt or make an American-style breakfast with bacon and eggs on the side. These English style pancakes are also good enough for dessert when paired with ice cream, berries or other flavoured syrups.

It is important to note that freshly made English pancakes tend to be soft but slightly thin. If you prefer heavier or thicker pancakes, then don’t miss the “Tips for Perfect Results” section which will provide additional options for making the perfect pancake for your taste.

Overall, this recipe provides ample possibilities for creating a filling breakfast meal or a satisfying dessert, complete with the perfect beverage pairing. A hot cup of coffee or tea is highly recommended when enjoying these traditional British pancakes!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Sweet or savory, these pancakes can be enjoyed any way you like.
Sweet or savory, these pancakes can be enjoyed any way you like.

Since English pancakes are best served fresh, I recommend making them right before serving. However, if you find yourself short on time, there are options for making them ahead of time.

To make the pancakes ahead of time, allow them to cool completely and then store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two days. When ready to serve, simply reheat them in a low oven or microwave until warm.

If you have any leftover pancakes, they can be stored in the refrigerator for up to three days or frozen for up to two months. To freeze them, stack the pancakes between layers of wax paper and store in an airtight container.

Reheating frozen pancakes is easy. Simply heat them in the oven at 350°F (180°C) for about 5-10 minutes or until warmed through. You can also reheat them in the toaster or microwave for a quick breakfast on the go.

Just remember that reheated pancakes may not be as fluffy as fresh ones, but by adding some butter and syrup, you can revive their delicious taste.

One tip I have is to avoid reheating your pancakes with toppings already on. Instead, reheat the plain pancakes and add toppings like lemon juice and sugar, or syrup and fresh fruit right before serving.

With these tips, you can enjoy these British pancakes even if you don’t have time to make them fresh!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Irresistible aroma of freshly cooked pancakes wafting through your home.
Irresistible aroma of freshly cooked pancakes wafting through your home.

As you prepare to make these traditional British pancakes, I have compiled helpful tips to perfect your English pancake recipe. Here are some essential tips that will help you create fluffy pancakes with a beautiful golden color and a delicious taste.

Firstly, ensure that you sift the flour and baking powder into the mixing bowl to eliminate any lumps present in these ingredients. A smooth batter is crucial in creating perfect pancakes. Also, adding a pinch of salt goes a long way in bringing out the desired sweet taste of the pancake.

Another important tip to note when making traditional English pancakes is the batter’s texture. The pancake batter should be a little thicker than regular crepe batter so that the pancakes come out thin yet substantial enough to hold any topping of your choice.

It’s essential to let the batter rest for 10-15 minutes before frying. This allows the gluten in the flour to settle, ensuring your pancakes come out tender and moist.

Preheat your non-stick pan on medium heat before pouring in your pancake batter. A preheated pan ensures even cooking and gives your pancakes an appealing golden color.

When frying the pancake, use a small amount of butter or oil as too much fat can lead to irregular browning and unappetizing results.

After flipping each pancake, cook it for only about 15-20 seconds before removing it from the pan. This ensures that each side is adequately cooked without burning or becoming dry.

Lastly, have fun with toppings! While lemon and sugar are traditional toppings, don’t be afraid to experiment with different spreads like Nutella or jam. For savory options, try pairing your pancakes with bacon or scrambled eggs.

Follow these tips, and you’ll be sure to impress everyone with a batch of fluffy and delicious traditional British English pancakes every time!

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this English Pancakes Recipe is a must-try for anyone who loves a delicious and indulgent brunch or dessert. With its traditional British origins and easy preparation, it can be the perfect addition to your breakfast ideas or even serve as a satisfying dinner option. The right combination of flour, salt, baking powder, eggs, and milk produces fluffy and irresistible pancakes that you can pair with your favorite toppings or simply just lemon and sugar.

So why not take inspiration from Queen Elizabeth’s iconic pancake recipe and try this English Pancakes Recipe today? You will surely love the soft and fluffy texture of these pancakes and the delightful taste that transports you to England’s cuisine. Whether you prefer thicker American-style pancakes or thinner Crepes, this recipe caters to all sorts of pancake preferences. Don’t forget to get creative with toppings such as crispy bacon or banana slices served with honey for a delicious twist.

In summary, this recipe is not only simple but also offers versatility in its serving suggestions. With these tips and recommendations in mind, you are ready to become a master chef of traditional British cuisine. Enjoy your homemade English pancakes!

Brunch English Pancakes

Brunch English Pancakes Recipe

This is an old hand-me-down recipe & my boys eat them as fast as they come from the pan. They can be spread with jam if you like.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine British
Keyword Breakfast, Healthy, Refrigerator, Stove Top, Weeknight
Prep Time 12 hours
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 10 pancakes
Calories 291.1kcal


  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 -2 fresh lemon
  • sugar, to sprinkle on each


  • Sift dry ingredients.
  • Lightly beat eggs into milk.
  • Add liquid ingredients to dry, mixing with wire whisk.
  • Cover & refrigerate over night.
  • Heat a small crepe pan, brush lightly with oil.
  • Add about 1/4 c batter to pan, tilt to cover the bottom-cook till top is just dry, flip gently & cook about 30 sec more.
  • Remove to plate; sprinkle with sugar, squeeze fresh lemon over top & roll up.
  • Repeat with remaining mix.
  • Quantity will depend on pan size & thickness.
  • Yield is approx 10-12.
  • Can be kept warm in a 250 degree oven until time to serve.


Serving: 195g | Calories: 291.1kcal | Carbohydrates: 44.7g | Protein: 12.3g | Fat: 7.5g | Saturated Fat: 3.6g | Cholesterol: 122.8mg | Sodium: 287.2mg | Fiber: 2.5g | Sugar: 0.3g

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