Scotch Pancakes (25th Feb '09)

Yesterday was Pancake Day, or to be more precise Shrove Tuesday, Mardi Gras, Karnival/carnivales...whatever you want to call it. Shrove Tuesday is traditionally the day you make pancakes to use up all the eggs and milk before Lent(a fasting period). Pancakes are traditionally served with lemon juice and sugar in Britain.

Another strange tradition is the Pancake Race. Woman compete against each other wearing an apron, high heels, and carrying a frying pan and tossing pancakes at the same time. This wierd custom started when a woman in Olney ran out of her house with her frying pan and forgetting her apron when she heard the church bells for the service.

This year I decided to do something a bit different than the normal pancakes and made Scotch pancakes. They differ only slightly to pancakes in that they are smaller and thicker. They have a light, fluffy texture although can be slightly filling. They are very similar to American pancakes. I followed this recipe from Scottish Teatime Recipes and found it doesn´t need any tweaking. The trickest part was flipping them over (as it usually is). I served them with strawberries and cream and they were delicious- even if I do say so myself! As you can see, I need to improve on my presentation....I´d never win Masterchef!

Ingredients (makes about 6)

4oz (1 cup) self- raising flour
pinch of salt
1oz (2 tbsp) caster(superfine) sugar
1 egg
1/4 pt( 140ml) milk


1. Whisk egg and milk together.
2.Sift flour and salt into a bowl and add the sugar.
3. Add the egg and milk mixture gradually and combine with wooden spoon
4. Once all ingredients are combined, melt a small amount of butter in small frying pan or girdle.
5. When hot (you can test by adding a tiny amount of batter and if the bottom turns brown in less than a minute, then it is ready), add tablespoons of the batter.
6. When bottom is golden brown, use a slice to flip the pancake over and cook the other side for a minute.
7. Serve immediately and enjoy!


  1. aka drop scones.
    Just like my mother used to make (from Dundee) - I adore them, Tracey

    I can't still remember the smell of the thick batter frying in the kitchen.

  2. These are similar to ones I make, great with honey and cinnamon on them! :)

  3. Honey and cinnamon-sounds lovely, Anne! Will have to try them with that next time!

    Gill-so drop scones are the same then?I know..the aroma was very enticing!

    Was wondering about adding 1tsp of vanilla essence to the batter next time...might be nice! What do you think?

  4. Nice! Vanilla is a terrific idea - infusing the sugar with a pod might be a softer option, or a vanilla honey as a topping instead.

    But we are getting me into pudding realms, & that I know little about.
    I only make savoury puddings in our house.

  5. That´s a shame, Gill!Puddings are my weakness! That´s true....will let you know how it turns out when I try it!

  6. Hi Tracey, great looking pancakes *slurp*

    I love my pancakes served with vanilla ice cream and Canadian maple syrup oh my that is absolutely stunning as you take a bite and the cold mingles with the hot ;0)

    Rosie x

  7. Thanks, Rosie! Mmmmmhhh! Sounds scrumptious! Will also have to try that next time!

  8. Hi Tracey, I love pancakes, today I came across a german version and now your Scottish. I am now making a note to try yours to try out different countries' style of pancakes.

  9. Hi Janet! Hope you enjoy them!


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