My wife, who’s an accomplished cook and baker, scribbled out a simple recipe to help me make pancakes.

Pancake recipe

I took that simple instruction and had fun turning it into this monster.


This makes four or five small pancakes.

  • 1 cup self raising flour
  • 1.5 tblsp sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 125ml milk
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 0.5 tsp citric acid (optional)
  • 30ml (approx) hot water


  • Large mixing bowl
  • Measuring jug
  • Small bowl
  • Large frying pan
  • Vegetable oil
  • Whisk
  • Spatula (turner)
  • Ladle
  • Oil brush
  • Cooling rack
  • Measures:
    • 1 cup (237ml)
    • 1 tblsp
    • 1 tsp
    • 0.5 tsp


  • Boil the kettle.
  • Put the frying pan on a medium heat.
  • Add some vegetable oil to the pan.
  • In the large mixing bowl, mix flour and baking powder.
  • In the measuring jug, whisk together the egg and the milk.
  • In the small bowl, mix the hot water, sugar and citric acid until dissolved.
  • Pour the egg and milk into the large mixing bowl.
  • Combine them with the flour and baking powder.
  • Do not over-mix.
  • Add the water, sugar and citric acid mix to the large mixing bowl and combine.
  • Consistency should be like thick double cream.
  • Do not over mix.

Cooking stage

  • Use the oil brush to distribute the oil evenly in the pan.
  • Pour one ladle-full of mixture into the centre of the pan.
  • Flip the pancake using the spatula as soon as the bottom is solid. (This prevents the bubbles escaping from the top and makes the pancakes nice and puffy.)
  • Cook until light brown.
  • Flip if needed to finish off the first side.
  • Place on the cooling rack.
  • Add more oil to the pan if needed.

Repeat cooking stage until large mixing bowl is empty 😋