Pancakes. Crepes. The amazingly delicious sweet breads that you cook in a pan. Whatever you choose to call them, they’re equally tasty and easy to make. If you don’t know how to make pancakes, you should fix that little problem. Because, yes, it is a problem and because, in an ideal world, everyone should be able to make pancakes! They’re the perfect breakfast, snack, dessert, dinner, gift, festive treat, food-for-your-hung-over-friends, etc.

So let’s get you started:

Ingredients (for about 8 10-inch pancakes, depending on the size):

You can always change the amounts of ingredients to make more (or less – but let’s face it, who would want to make less?) pancakes.

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  • 2 cups (9oz/255g) self-raising or all-purpose flour (See tips below)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups (350ml) of milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons butter/vegetable oil
  • 3 tablespoons sugar (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda


[one_half_last][frame_box]Optional: chocolate chips, pieces of fruit, anything you think might make them more savory, really.[/frame_box] [/one_half_last]


Mix the dry ingredients together in a bowl (tip: sift them beforehand to ensure a smooth finish). In a separate bowl, beat the eggs until fluffy then incorporate the milk and melted butter/vegetable oil. Stir. Pour the mixture over the flour mix and stir until smooth.

Grease a nonstick pan with cooking spray or a little vegetable oil and heat it on medium for a few minutes. (tip: Sprinkle a few flecks of water onto your pan. If it sizzles, the pan is ready for the batter.)

Now you can pour in the batter. The amount used will decide the final size of the pancakes, so use this power wisely.

Cook for about two minutes (or until you see bubbles forming and popping), then flip. Cook until golden, then remove and pour another batch of batter.

By the way, don’t press on the pancake while it’s cooking – this will prevent it from becoming fluffy.