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Scotch Pancakes

Janice Pattie
Scotch Pancakes are soft, thick and slightly sweet and they are really easy to make on the stovetop with a girdle or pan.
4.82 from 11 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Course Baking, Snack
Cuisine British, Scottish
Servings 20
Calories 83 kcal


  • 175 g plain flour
  • 75 g self-raising flour
  • 75 g caster superfine sugar
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ¾ tsp cream of tartar
  • 2 tsp cooking oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tbsp Golden syrup
  • A pinch of salt
  • 300 ml milk approximately


  • Sift the flours, raising agents, salt and sugar into a large jug or bowl.
  • Add the oil, egg and golden syrup to the dry ingredients with a little of the milk.
  • Whisk together, adding more milk as you go until you have a smooth, lump-free bather.
  • You can use an electric whisk or blend the ingredients with a stick blender or in a jug blender.
  • Heat the pan to medium heat. Use a very little butter on a piece of parchment paper or use a butter wrapper, to grease your pan. Think about it as greasing a baking tin rather than frying in a pan.
  • Test a teaspoon of batter to see it is hot enough. The bubbles should start to form after 20 --30 seconds.
  • I use a serving spoon to get the right amount of batter for my pancakes. You can pour from a jug, use a ladle, a cup or other measure. The more batter the bigger the pancake.
  • When the bubbles pop in the tip of your pancake, turn it over with a spatula.
  • Cook for another minute or two until the underside is brown.
  • Place your pancakes on a tea towel placed on a cooling rack, fold the tea towel over the pancakes to keep them soft until all the pancakes are ready.



  • You can make the batter ahead of time and leave, covered, for up to an hour.
  • Do not overcrowd your pan because you need space to turn them.
  • Pancakes freeze really well for up to 3 months.  Lay them out on a flat tray and place in the freezer, then put them in a bag or box, remember to label them with the date. 


Calories: 83kcalCarbohydrates: 16gProtein: 2gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 37mgPotassium: 55mgFiber: 1gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 36IUCalcium: 20mgIron: 1mg
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