Ridiculously Simple Pancakes Recipe – Light, Fluffy and Delicious

Forget shake and bake, you can make the lightest most airiest and most gorgeous pancakes in your very own kitchen with just a few pantry staples and a pan with this easy pancakes recipe. Devour for breakfast, lunch, dinner or dessert – you can eat them whenever you want, especially on Shrove Tuesday!

Got a fave go-to pancakes recipe?

There are SO many pancake variations to choose from, some like them big, fat and fluffy to absorb a river of maple syrup, others prefer crepe-like pancakes, thin and rolled to munch on… and then there are the pikelet lovers among us who just want a bite-sized snack. Essentially though, they’re all variants of the same thing. Flour, milk and eggs combined to make a delicious disc of pan-fried goodness.

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Everyone needs an easy peasy pancakes recipe! Source: Bigstock

Don’t have a trusty pancake recipe? Scroll on down to find our easy to follow one!

Pancake topping ideas

Overwhelmed with choices and not sure what to top your pancakes with? Here’s a handful of our favourite pancake topping ideas:

  • A sprinkle of sugar and fresh-squeezed lemon juice
  • Jam and cream
  • Maple syrup, golden syrup or honey
  • Fresh fruit
  • Whipped cream and sprinkles
  • Chocolate chips
  • Caramelised bananas
  • Nutella spread
  • Yoghurt and nuts
  • Bacon and maple syrup

And of course, you can try ANY combination of all of the above with lip-smacking good and tasty results. OR you can just stick with a spread of butter. Drool….

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Make your pancake toppings fancy pants or keep it as simple as butter and maple syrup. Source: Canva

Tips for cooking the best pancakes

  • It’s often said that the first pancake you cook in a batch is always the sacrificial pancake. That’s because this is when you find out if your pan is too hot (turn it down) or your mixture too thick (add a splash more milk!). It’s the experimental pancake. It’s likely to be delicious but not pretty.
  • ALWAYS wait for bubbles to come to the surface of your pancake before flipping.
  • Don’t overcrowd your pan, you need room to flip!
  • You can use the pancake recipe below to make pikelets – just pour much smaller discs. You can even let them cool and freeze them to pop in school lunch-boxes for a recess snack.
  • You can even COLOUR your pancakes! Simply add a few drops of food colouring to the pancakes recipe below and mix in. So cool!

Easy peasy pancakes recipe

Serves: 8


  • 1⅓ cups plain flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ¼ cup caster sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon butter for frying


  1. Using a whisk, mix together the plain flour, baking powder and sugar in a large bowl to combine.
  2. In a small jug (or separate bowl) combine the egg and milk, beating together.
  3. Make a well in the centre of the bowl containing the flour mixture. Carefully pour the egg and milk mixture into the well and whisk it together until you have a smooth batter, about the consistency of thickened cream.
  4. Heat a large non-stick frying pan over medium heat. Lightly grease it using the butter. Use a ladle or ¼ capacity measuring cup to scoop the pancake mixture out of the bowl and into the pan to form each pancake.
  5. Cook pancakes for 1 to 2 minutes on each side. Wait until bubbles appear on one side before gently sneaking a peek underneath to see if it’s golden in colour before committing to flipping completely.
  6. Stack the pancakes on top of each other to keep them warm and serve straight away with your favourite toppings or even just some butter. Delicious!
pancakes recipe, Shrove Tuesday
Stack ’em, then eat ’em! Source: Bigstock

Do you make a point or family tradition of eating pancakes on Shrove Tuesday (Pancake Day)? We’d love to hear your favourite topping combinations, let us know in the comments below!

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South Australian mum and self proclaimed foodie, Lexi can most days be found in the kitchen, apron tied firm and armed with a whisk or wooden spoon!

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