Time for pancakes! Irish Pancake recipe

I have loved Pancake Tuesday ever since I was a child, standing on a chair so I could reach the cooker to make stacks and stacks of pancakes. It sometimes took a long time before the family was satiated! Since those crêpe-making days, the thinner the better, I’ve become a fan of fluffy American pancakes and I’ve yet to decide which way the pancake batter is going to go this evening. Maybe both – I’ve always loved two course pancake suppers and Ricotta and Spinach Pancake Bake is my default savoury option.

If you’re going to make your own, my simple (Irish) pancake batter is below and you’ll find the best American Buttermilk Pancakes here. Heidi over at 101 Cookbooks has a selection of unusual pancake recipes, including Whole-Grain Pancake Recipe with Blueberry Maple Syrup, Coconut Macaroon Pancakes and Poppy Seed Pancakes. There is a pancake special over at Great Food.ie, including a recipe for buckwheat crêpes or Galettes, and some ideas for Michelin-starred pancakes in The Guardian.

If you have to go for a pancake mix – and it is just as easy to make them yourself – try Sowan’s Organic pancake mixes with no added rubbish, unlike most of the rest of the packets on the market.

Plain flour – 100g
A pinch of salt
Egg – 1
Milk – 250mls
Butter – 1 teaspoon, melted

Put the plain flour and salt into a bowl and make a well in the centre. Whisk the egg and milk together, pour into the well and mix slowly, gradually incorporating the flour from the sides. When all mixed together, add the melted butter.

Alternatively, if you’re worried about lumps in your batter, land all the ingredients into the food processor and blend.



Food writer. Broadcaster. Blogger. Author. Married to Eight Degrees Brewing. Member of the Irish Food Writers' Guild, founder of Irish Food Bloggers Association and co-author of Sláinte: The Complete Guide to Irish Craft Beer & Cider (New Island)

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2 Responses

  1. Caroline says:

    Sounds like a formula too far…she’s even included lumps! If I ever get lumps in my batter, it gets a good whizz in the food processor or with the immersion blender. I’m not going to let them just sit there!

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