Pancake day!



It’s a glorious thing, pancake day. A day dedicated to the world’s simplest, and possibly most gratifying sweet treat? What could be better!

For me, pancake day evokes nostalgia, and brings back memories of childhood. I remember it always seeming to come out of nowhere- my Mum would announce that we were to have pancakes for dinner when I came home from school, and the day would instantly be an exciting one! My Grandma was always in charge of the pancake making, and aside from when she stopped to eat the slightly raggedy first and last pancakes of the batch, would stand at the stove for what felt like hours, turning out a seemingly endless succession of pancakes for my Mum and I. Lemon and sugar were the toppings of choice, of course.

Nowadays, Shrove Tuesday (as we should really call it), is one of the few days of the year you’ll find Jason in the kitchen through choice, and not because I’ve disappeared off to Pilates classes and left him (begrudgingly ;) in charge of dinner! We usually wind up having a competition over who can make the most perfect, thin, and symmetrical pancakes, and because this is my blog and I can say whatever I fancy, I’ll tell you that my pancakes are always the best. Seriously though, they totally are…

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Simplest Ever and Totally Failsafe Pancake recipe!  {Originally J.O’s, adapted minimally}
Ingredients ::
1 cup {of any size, filled to the top} plain flour
1 cup {filled to the exact same level as with the flour} semi-skimmed milk
1 whole egg
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
2 or 3 tbsp melted butter, for greasing the pan

- Measure out the flour, and put into a large bowl. Measure the milk out and whisk it together with the egg and vanilla extract, and then whisk slowly into the flour.

- Melt the butter in a small saucepan, then set aside. Brush a large frying pan with a coating of melted butter, then set over a medium heat.

- When the butter begins to sizzle, spoon in a ladleful of pancake batter into the centre of the pan, tipping and swirling it to get an even coating of batter across the whole of the pan. Cook for a minute or two, then flip and cook for another minute before setting aside and repeating the process to use up the rest of the batter.

- The cooked pancakes can be kept warm in a low oven if needs be, whilst you cook up the batch of pancakes. Bonus points if you manage to flip any successfully- I flipped about a gazillion whilst taking these photos, and learnt (the hard way!) that it’s a thousand times easier to cook a pancake that’s already been cooked on both sides than a partially cooked one! Much easier to rectify, too, if you have a mishap and end up with a folded-in-half pancake!

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Finally, let’s talk toppings! Are you Team Lemon and Sugar, or Team Nutella & Berries/Banana? I’ve got a foot in both camps, if I’m honest…meaning that I’ll be eating at least one of both types of pancakes this evening.

Have fun pancake-flipping, friends!

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  • Sophie

    They look amazing! Lovely photos as always Rosie :). I’m planning on either having lemon and sugar, maple syrup or nutella on my pancakes today! x


  • Michelle | Daisybutter

    Such beautiful photos Rosie! I’m both teams if I’m honest, the more pancakes the better eh? Wouldn’t want to discriminate! x

    • Rosie

      The more the better, absolutely! No discrimination here ;)x

  • Elizabeth Rebecca

    Those pancakes look amazing and great tip for cooking them on both sides and then flipping.

    Lizzie Dripping

  • Lauren S

    These looks really good, definitely my mum’s kind of pancakes! I always loved those Scotch ones I had at school

    Lauren x

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    • Rosie

      Oh man I LOVED those Scotch ones! Used to eat them toasted and spread with butter, yum! x

  • Amanda @ Rhyme & Ribbons

    Of course, I’m biased towards American pancakes, but on Pancake Day, you have to have some thin ones! (a 50, 50 ratio of ones with lemon and sugar and ones with Nutella) x

  • Hannah Lane

    These pancakes look scrummy! Looking forward to having some as a revision treat later on – team lemon & sugar definitely! x

  • Nadya Elvina

    Happy pancake day! They all look so yummy and lovely.

  • Michelle

    Such fabulous photos as always, you do inspire me to try harder!
    And I’m on team home-alone-and-still-having-pancakes-and-will-eat-them-all-in-every-variety-because-no-one-can-hear-me-groan, it’s a winning team.
    M x

  • Anna

    I didn’t even know that there was a day for pancakes haha that’s so funny!! Happy day :D

  • Elise Dopson

    Happy Pancake Day! I’m definitely team Nutella & berries. Your photos are gorgeous :)
    Elise @ Elise Dopson

    • Rosie

      Thanks so much Elise! Nutella and berries is a winner. I ate two whopper ones like that last night! Plus one with lemon and sugar, because you know. Fairness and all that ;)

  • Miranda | Miranda’s Notebook

    I’m definitely more of a nutella and berries girl, if I’m going to have sweet crepes! Your pancakes look delicious, and on a side-note, I love your t-shirt too! xxx

    • Rosie

      Thanks Miranda! GAP last summer! ;) x

  • Hollands reverie

    Yum they look so good! I’m on both teams depending on my mood:) well done on the photograph- they are beautiful!

    • Hollands reverie

      Ok- update! I read this early this morning before ever making it out of bed, and they sounded so good. My eight year old daughter has been wanting to help more in the kitchen and she made these all be herself- she was so proud and they were incredibly delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe, they will be a go to!

      • Rosie

        Oh Chelsea your comment made me SO happy! So very glad your daughter got on well with the recipe! :) You never know, maybe you’ve got a next generation food blogger on your hands! ;) Please let her know I’m so glad she loved the pancakes! xx

  • Stacie Pridden

    God they look SO good!!!!

  • Laura

    On any other day it’s American style, but today it has to be the classic thin pancake with lemon and sugar! xx

  • Little Miss Katy

    Lemon and sugar for the WIN. Though actually, I tried elderflower syrup on pancakes last week and I think I’m a convert! xx

    Little Miss Katy | UK Lifestyle Blog


    I vote for Team Nutella & Berries/Banana. Thanks for sharing the recipe. It’s a very lovely traditional recipe for breakfast.

  • Bumpkin Betty

    These look so delish! I always struggle so much with crepes so I’m much more on team thick and spongy when it comes to pancakes (it is the scottish way) but when it comes to toppings I’ll happily have them all! You can’t beat a bit of nutella though, especially when it all melts in… yum!

  • Katie Emmons

    gahh this is so glorious. Pancakes and crepes, dude…my weakness. And as a side note, you have such gorgeous hair!

  • Camille

    Crepes are intimidating to me! You make it look so easy.

    Silly Medley: Lifestyle and Travel

  • Zanna Berlin

    I love pancakes! And they evoke nostalgia in me too, but more in a breakfast kind of way. Waking up on a Saturday morning to the scent of pancakes coming from the kitchen….the best! I’m firmly in the chocolate/berry camp, but I prefer melted dark chocolate and raspberries to nutela (too sweet!)

    Yours look delicious :)


  • Charlotte Roberts

    These pancakes look absolutely delicious! I can’t wait to have mine later today!
    Great post Rosie! X

  • Abigail

    I could manage 6 or 7 as a child but now 2 or 3 fills me up!
    My very naughty favourite topping involves grating a toblerone onto a hot pancake, then rolling it all up until it melts. Mmm delish! I’m not sure I could stomach it now though!

  • Rhianna Bowe

    I find pancakes so filling and it always disappoints me how few I can eat!! That said, my fave toppings is fruit and honey! Although I’m also a fan of a savoury pancake! Yummm! xxxx

    Rhianna | robowecop

  • Ala

    These photos are truly fab Rosie! Love pancakes, I always always make crepes, this year I’ll be attempting buttermilk for a change! Tempted to have them for dinner with some bacon and eggs…. mmmmm! And obviously stocked up on lemon juice on the weekend as well as raiding the nutella, reese’s peanut butter and whatever else I can get my hands on! YUM! x

  • Kate Jordan

    Your pancakes look lovely! Sooo jealous, I didn’t get one today :(

  • Molly

    These look delicious! I’ll be having mine later and can’t wait- I’m definitely a nutella and berries girl!

  • LillianZahra

    These look so good! x

  • Louise Brown

    Oh Rosie your photographs are always so lovely, I had mine with nutella and raspberries today too!

    Louise x

  • Jessica

    These look amazing a lot better than my add water to mix pancakes haha! I didnt have eggs or time but no excuse really :( xxx

  • Caroline L.

    I woke up craving pancakes so hard because all you British bloggers are showing off such beauts!!! I’ll have to go rectify this situation immediately ;)

  • Kenzie

    Yum! These look incredible and fun to make! What a good memory that comes along with the day too! Also chocolate and raspberries? Who could say no to that? :)

  • Emma Gordon

    The one cup of flour to one cup of milk ratio seems to be the way to go – this recipe looks great! These pancakes look delicious and your food photography is always outstanding! xx

    Emma |

  • Anna Ruth

    These look great!


  • Siobhan Elizabeth

    Pancake day is easily the best day of the year!
    I’m a lemon and sugar girl myself, but I do also love blueberries and maple syrup!

  • Jae (@gorjaeous)

    How do you make pancakes look oh-so-pretty?

  • Cecilia

    Aw – this reminds me of my dad, as he is the pancake maker in the family and he used to make them all the time for us as kids. He’s a bad-ass pancake flipper too! And there is only one proper topping for pancakes in my book – blueberry jam!

  • Emily

    I made pancakes myself for the first time this year and I’m quite impressed with myself! I’m more of a golden syrup & pancake kind of girl!

    UK Beauty and Lifestyle Blog


  • Molly Robinson

    These photographs and pancakes look so delicate and scrumptious – I will certainly be whipping up a batch! M x

  • Emily

    These look amazing!
    I made some pancakes with my brother but they were no where near as good as those!

  • The Opal Diary

    Pancake day passed me by in a blur this year but I made up for it at the weekend making enough batter to enjoy pancakes on 3 (yes 3!) separate occasions. I always start out thinking I just want lemon and sugar but after the first one I nearly always then switch to nutella and fruit – they both just taste so good it’s impossible to decide!

    Meg xx

  • Georgina

    Okay, I tried to refrain from showing my nerdy crockery loving side, but I just can’t, where did you get those plates from? P.S. I’ve never had Nutella in pancakes before, this will need to change!

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