Tuesday, March 8, 2011


I have lovely memories of eating English pancakes as a child, particularly on Shrove Tuesday, more commonly known as Pancake Day. My mother would be flipping these pancakes on that special Tuesday morning for breakfast before my sister and I went off to school. Pancake Day was always something we looked forward to and Lemon and sugar was always the traditional topping of choice.

For me that special Tuesday defined the beginning of spring time: the smell of sweet lemon in the air, the sun shining brightly into the kitchen, and snowdrops propping up like lamp posts in the garden.

I remember making English pancakes for my American husband for the first time. He of course grew up eating fluffy American pancakes with blueberries and had never experienced Pancake Day. I'm happy to say now that his pancake of choice is the English and like me, he looks forward to that special Tuesday in the early spring.

English pancakes are thicker than the French crepes and the lack of sugar in the batter makes them very versatile and can be used as a sweet or savory pancake. The traditional way to serve these is with sprinkled sugar and lots of freshly squeezed lemon, I have always preferred it this way, however any kind syrup, fruit compote, chocolate, cream, or anything that takes your fancy would be lovely.

English Pancakes with Lemon & Sugar 
(makes approx 8)

  • 1 egg,
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 1/4 cups of milk
  • 1/8th teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter
  • White sugar
  • Lemons

Sift the flour in a bowl with the salt.

Make a well in the middle and add the eggs and half the milk, whisking.

Then add the rest of the milk and melted butter, whisk well.

Heat an 8-inch frying pan until hot and then reduce to medium.

Add a very small knob of butter to the pan, spread it around and let it sizzle.

Pour approx 2 tablespoons of batter into the frying pan, tilting the pan swirling the batter to cover the round area of the pan.

Cook the pancake for approx 30 seconds per side.

On a plate sprinkle plenty of white sugar and freshly squeezed lemon juice on each pancake and roll it up.

Squeeze extra lemon over the pancakes before eating.

Take in the smell of the beginning of Spring :)

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  1. Wow! So scrumptious looking pancakes! Amazing photos as well. Happy Pancake Day and Happy Women's Day :)

  2. That looks so pretty! And delicious. I can already see how light the pancake is - makes me want to re-celebrate pancake day! :)

  3. YUMMY!!! Made my mouth water.......

    I'm off to make some right NOW!! :-)

  4. Lemon and sugar on pancakes has got to be the best!!

  5. i love English pancakes .. so easily to make so insanely tasty !

  6. Looks quite lovely! I'm sure I'd really enjoy them! :)

  7. These look delicious. You have a very lucky husband,

  8. just perfect I have fond memories of pancake too mostly eating them in the evenings

    your hubby has good taste

  9. I love lemon and sugar and I can't think of a better way to use them than on an English pancake.

  10. Oh my goodness, these look so good!

  11. This is also my favorite topping! I always eat mine with lemon juice and light brown sugar.... Your pancakes look beautiful.



  12. I have to say, I'm pretty sure these look better than American pancakes to me, which never fail to just weigh me down!

  13. Sometimes there's nothing better than the lemon and sugar combination. So light, refreshing, and delicious. These look so much better than regular old American pancakes!


  14. They look wonderful! These are the kind of pancakes I grew up with, Mum would make them for dinner if she didn't feel like making anything else. I loved them with orange juice and sugar.

  15. Yummmmmmy! English pancakes sound a lot like Dutch ones. I love lemon crepes, so I'm sure I'll adore English pancakes with lemon + sugar.

  16. mmm...they look delicious! i just love anything lemony (and sugary)

    great blog - i'm your newest follower!

  17. Oooo my goodness, those look amazing! I don't know why you were not in my blogreader... I follow you on twitter but for some reason forgot to add you! It's now been done. Love those photos!!!

  18. Your pictures make me hungry! love them! gloria

  19. These english pancakes look great! They remind me of crepes :)

  20. Priceless! I had the same experience, not those old doughy things they give you in IHOP!I made them for my girlfriend a few years ago and she loves them. Since then I always make them for her but I don't make her run down the street and toss them!!

  21. These look yummy. WIll try them soon.


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