Make your pancakes into a work of art with this pretty lace pancake method.
This isn't so much a pancake recipe, as a method for cooking them that makes them even more exciting. They look so pretty, but they're actually really easy to create. All you need is a squeezy batter bottle, and then you can let your creativity flow. Make them in any shape you like. We've styled ours up in a heart-shape for the romance of it, but you can do circles, spirals, or even Easter eggs. Need some extra inspiration? Watch our step-by-step video. The basic recipe we've used here is our Scotch pancakes recipe, because it makes a lovely smooth batter, but if you prefer, you can use a classic pancake recipe (opens in new tab).
- 1 quantity of scotch pancake batter
- 50ml milk
- Start by making up some scotch, we’ve used our classic scotch pancake recipe (opens in new tab) but added 50ml of milk to it to make it easier to draw with.
- Next, add the batter into a squeezy sauce bottle with a narrow nozzle and make sure the lid is secured tightly. Heat a large frying pan on a medium to low heat (too hot and the batter will burn before you've had time to draw out your design). Using your bottle make a small heart shape in the centre of the pan and then make a bigger heart around the outside of the smaller heart.
- Add a line of semi circles with the pancake batter around the bigger heart, but don’t fill them in. Then zigzag the batter in the space between the two hearts to make a lace effect.
- Once you’ve finished the lacing, flip the pancake over to make sure both sides are cooked.
- Carefully remove the pancake from the pan and place onto a plate – you can stack up several lace pancakes to make a lacy stack.
Top tips for making lace pancakes
Switch things up a gear by splitting you pancake batter into two bottles and mixing in a few drops of pink food colouring into one of them. Now you can make two colour lace works.
Drizzle your pancakes whatever toppings you like - melted chocolate, chopped nuts, maple syrup, lemon juice and caster sugar or cream all work well.
You may also like...
Octavia Lillywhite is an award-winning food and lifestyle journalist with over 15 years of experience. With a passion for creating beautiful, tasty family meals that don’t use hundreds of ingredients or anything you have to source from obscure websites, she’s a champion of local and seasonal foods, using up leftovers and composting, which, she maintains, is probably the most important thing we all can do to protect the environment.
An easy, delicious pancake recipe that takes just 10 minutes to make - the perfect weekend treat or Pancake Day go-to...
By Jessica Dady • Published
These delicious lemon meringue pancakes combine crunchy meringues mixed in with tangy lemon, sweet cream and tasty pancakes for an indulgent breakfast or delicious dessert idea.
By Charlotte Gunn • Published
Make like the Bake Off contestants and make these fabulous lace pancakes for dessert tonight - everyone will be impressed at their intricacy
By Octavia Lillywhite • Published
Rosemary Conley's beef steak pie
This healthy beef steak pie is packed with a lean meat and topped with a delicious flaky golden pastry topping.
By Rosemary Conley • Published
You don't need a traditional clay oven to make naan. Learn how to make naan bread in a frying pan - for wonderfully light, fluffy bread every time...
By Sue McMahon • Published
Chicken and bacon risotto
Chicken and bacon risotto is a quick and easy meal for the whole family. Our recipe takes just 40 minutes to prep and cook...
By Sue McMahon • Published
Iceland is selling a GIANT Cadbury’s Creme Egg dessert just in time for Easter
By Naomi Jamieson • Published
Who is Hannah Miller and where is she from? Meet BBC Breakfast’s new star
By Selina Maycock • Published
Is BBC Breakfast's Carol Kirkwood engaged and who is her partner?
By Selina Maycock • Last updated