The Perfect Pancakes

I saw Jamie Oliver make these pancakes on his most recent Christmas special and for about five days afterwards had them every single morning and subsequently put on about four pounds. (If you follow me on Twitter you may recall some talk of them.) I love them because they’re so simple to make, they’re super-fluffy (that’s a technical cooking term, FYI) and taste amazing.

For measurements you can either use a cup, i.e. an American measurement, or an actual cup. I use a coffee mug (of course!) I don’t know exactly how many this recipe makes, only that if you eat them all yourself you’ll feel really, really sick. Sadly, I can tell you this from experience.


  • 1 cup of self-raising flour
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1 large egg
  • Pinch of salt.

Sieve the flour and salt into a large mixing bowl before adding the milk and the egg. Blend together using a whisk (small movements at first) until batter is completely smooth. At this point Jamie grates a pear into it but that’s way too healthy-sounding for me. Spoon a big glob of it into your butter-creased frying pan and a couple of minutes later you’ll have a yummy fluffy pancake!

This are NOT them. These are the apple pancakes my friend Andrea had the other day. They're not going to win any beauty pageants but don't you just know they taste amazing?!

I could never make small pancakes (i.e. American-style pancakes as opposed to the crepe-pancake hybrid we tend to make here) because the batter would run all over the pan. This is a bit thicker so it’s easier. I spoon a tablespoon’s worth into the pan, wait a few seconds while it ‘sets’ and then spoon another half-tablespoon of batter onto the top of it. That way it keeps its shape and it’s nice and thick. How many times can I say spoon in one sentence?

Serve with maple syrup, yogurt and honey as Jamie does (again, too healthy for my liking) or the Irish way: drown in caster sugar and lemon juice, roll up and swallow whole.

Happy Secular Pancake Day!

Love, Me

UPDATE 7.35PM: Completely stuffed.

2 thoughts on “The Perfect Pancakes

  1. Andrea says:

    How excited was I to hear that today is pancake day?? 🙂 I’ll have to try this recipe. The apple pancakes WERE amazing, and now I fear that I will have to go back every weekend to try something new.

  2. catherineryanhoward says:

    Mmm. We made them tonight but alas real maple syrup is imported and costs a small fortune so I had to make do with some Nutella instead!! I know it’s a religious holiday but carbs are my religion. 😉

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