Traditional English Pancakes

In the USA it’s known as Fat Tuesday, in England it’s called Shrove Tuesday or Pancake Day.  This is the day before Ash Wednesday and the start of Lent, and in England they eat pancakes.  It is called Pancake Day because it is the day traditionally for eating pancakes as pancake recipes were a way to use up any stocks of milk, butter and eggs which were forbidden during the abstinence of Lent.  The traditional pancake is thin and crepe-like.

 Traditional English Pancakes

IngredientsTraditional English Pancakes

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  • 225g / 8 oz. plain or all-purpose flour
  • Pinch salt
  • 2 large, fresh eggs
  • 600ml / 2½ cups milk
  • 2 tsp melted butter plus extra melted butter for cooking
  • Lemon slices for garnish


  1. Sieve the flour into a large baking bowl, add the salt. Make a well in the center of the flour and add the eggs. Beat well until smooth and lump free.
  2. Add half the milk and the 2 tsp of butter, beat well. Add the remaining milk and stir.
  3. Leave the batter to rest for 15 minutes.
  4. Lightly grease a pancake pan or frying pan with a little melted butter. Heat until very hot and add a ladleful of batter so it evenly and thinly coats the base of the pan. Cook until set and lightly golden.
  5. Using a spatula or if you are really brave try tossing the pancake in the air, and cook on the other side for approx. 30 seconds.

Sprinkle with sugar and lemon juice

Makes approx. 12 pancakes

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