How to make the perfect pancake

Get your pancakes right this year with a foolproof basic recipe and a few easy toppings to go with them.

Pancake day, or, Shrove Tuesday, has always been a much-loved holiday. With the cold January weather still upon us, there’s no better way to keep entertained indoors than mixing pancakes with the kids.

But if previous years have been marred by lumpy, runny batters and flipping disasters, why not make this year different - with our guide to cooking the perfect pancake.Pancake making

Ingredients (serves 4)

  • 200g Plain flour
  • 2 large eggs
  • 400ml milk
  • 1 tsp vegetable oil


  • Large frying pan
  • whisk
  • large bowl
  • thin spatula


  • Put the plain flour in a bowl, before using your (clean fingers) to make a well at its center
  • Crack the eggs into a saucer and pour into the well
  • Add 400ml of milk into the well
  • beat the mixture with the whisk, working to incorporate all the flour until you have a smooth batter


  • Put a large frying pan on the hob on a medium heat
  • Drizzle vegetable oil and swirl it around until it is hot and the pan evenly coated
  • Spoon 2 tbsp of pancake batter in the centre of the pan and swirl around until the base is coated in a thin layer of batter. (depending on the size of your pan – you may need to vary the amount of mixture)
  • Cook for approximately one minute on each side, flipping them with the spatula – or toss them if you’re feeling brave.


The perfect toss

Researchers at Warwick University said you should be aiming to toss your pancake around 18 inches into the air to give it enough time and space to spin. 

Dr Patrick Hadley, at Warwick Uni, said: "It's all about synchronizing the spin with the throw and making sure the elevation is high enough to get the best arc."

Find out more about the academic's flipping theory here.


Top it off

We've whipped up a few of our personal favourite pancake toppings for you to try out if you're looking to impress this Pancake Day...


Cinnamon sugar and lemon

We've all been enjoying sugar and lemon pancakes for generations, but what about cinnamon sugar and lemon?  

Just mix a quarter of a cup of sugar with 1tbsp of ground cinnamon. Then, when your pancakes are fresh out of the frying pan, sprinkle the mixture over them, roll tightly and tuck in - yum.


Banana and chocolate sauce

Everyone loves chocolate, everyone loves bananas. Put them together and what have you got? A pancake filling that is simple, but undeniably delicious.

You can make a simple chocolate sauce using this recipe from BBC Good Food, then slice up some banana, lay it in the center of your pancake, drizzle over the chocolate sauce and fold closed.Banana pancakes

Ham and mozzarella

If you prefer savoury to sweet, for this you'll need around 100g mozzarella cheese, and 80g smoked ham - torn.

Once you've flipped your pancake, scatter some of the cheese and ham liberally over the cooked side. Once the pancake is cooked, fold over - flip again, and then slide onto a warm plate - when you cut into it the mozzarella will be stringy and the ham warm and crisp.  

Feeling adventurous? Take a look at our bizarre list of 10 weirdly wonderful pancake toppings.

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