Flipping Great Pancakes

Fork Flipping Great Pancakes

Cooking time: 2

Preparation: 10 minutes

Cooking: 2 minutes

Serves: 8


It’s Pancake Day so you’ve got to have pancakes! Here’s a foolproof batter recipe and help on making the perfect pancake. Once you’ve made them, you can go sweet with sugar, freshly squeezed orange juice, jam, golden syrup, honey or any kind of fruit you fancy. Or go savoury with onion, bacon, butter, leek, mushrooms, chicken, salmon or any kind of cheese. Be creative!


  • 2 Bird Brothers eggs
  • 100g plain flour
  • 300ml semi-skimmed milk
  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil or vegetable, plus extra for frying
  • A pinch salt


  1. Put the flour and a pinch of salt into a large mixing bowl and make a well in the centre. Crack the eggs into the middle, then pour in about 50ml milk and 1 tbsp oil. Start whisking from the centre, gradually bringing the flour into the eggs, milk and oil. Once all the flour is incorporated, beat until you have a smooth, thick paste. Add a little more milk if it is too stiff to beat.

  2. Add a good splash of milk and whisk to loosen the thick batter. While still whisking, pour in a steady stream of the remaining milk. Continue pouring and whisking until you have a batter that is the consistency of slightly thick single cream.

  3. Heat the pan over a moderate heat, then wipe it with oiled kitchen paper. Ladle some batter into the pan, tilting the pan to move the mixture around for a thin and even layer. Quickly pour any excess batter into a jug, return the pan to the heat, then leave to cook undisturbed for about 30 seconds. Pour the excess batter from the jug back into the mixing bowl. If the pan is the right temperature, the pancake should turn golden underneath after about 30 seconds and be ready for flipping.

  4. To flip the pancakes, hold the pan handle, ease a fish slice under the pancake, then quickly lift and flip it over. If you feel brave, toss the pancake up in the air to flip it. Once the pancake has been turned, make sure it is lying flat on the pan with no folds, then cook for another 30 seconds before turning out onto a warm plate. Continue with the rest of the batter, serving them as you cook or stack onto a warm plate.

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