Whether you're looking to whip up some pancakes for Shrove Tuesday or simply crave a morning treat, they're the perfect way to start your day.

But if you're a relative novice, making them from scratch can be quite a dangerous task.

Have no fear, as we've rounded up two quick and simple recipes that are super easy to master, even if you have no idea where to start.

Whether you're adding sugar and lemon to a British-style crepe or want to make a stack of light and fluffy American crepes with bacon bits and maple syrup, these pancakes are great for breakfast, lunch, and even brunch. weekend.

British-style pancakes

Ingredients (makes 8-10)

100g plain flour

2 large eggs

275ml semi-skimmed milk

Butter or oil for cooking

Lemon slices and caster sugar to serve


1. Sift the flour into a large bowl and add the eggs and milk. Beat the mixture well until all the ingredients are combined and there are no lumps.

2. Then heat some butter or oil in a small frying pan over medium heat. Add some pancake batter, stir to coat the base and cook for about a minute before turning to cook the other side.

3. Remove the pancake from the heat and keep warm in a low oven while you make more. Serve with topping of your choice.

American style pancakes

Ingredients (makes 4-6)

1 tablespoon baking powder

1 pinch of salt

1 teaspoon of white sugar

2 large eggs

30g of butter

225g plain flour

Butter or oil for cooking


1. If mixing the dough by hand, start by making a well in the flour, yeast, salt and sugar before adding the beaten eggs, melted butter and milk.

2. Heat a little more butter or oil in a frying pan or smooth frying pan and pour in the mixture until it reaches the desired size. With these pancakes, the best way to know it's time to flip is to check the top for bubbles and bubbles – this usually happens after about a minute.

3. Remove from heat and serve with toppings of your choice.

The 10 Best Pancake Toppings


1. Lemon and sugar

2. Bacon, egg and maple syrup for breakfast

3. Chocolate, peanut butter and banana

4. Spiced Applesauce

5. Black Cherry and Almond Butter


1. Ham and cheese

2. Silton, spinach and poached egg

3. Honey, feta and thyme

4. Leek, mushroom and cheese

5. Parma ham and asparagus

This article has been updated. It was originally published in August 2017.