Scotch pancakes recipe

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This easy Scotch pancakes recipe is a real winner for a weekend brunch or a favourite option on Pancake Day. Delicious with griddled fruit for breakfast.

Scotch pancakes
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  • healthy
  • healthy
Preparation Time5 mins
Cooking Time30 mins
Total Time35 mins
Cost RangeCheap
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories132 Kcal7%
Sugar9.4 g10%
Fat3 g4%
Saturated Fat1.5 g8%
Salt0.27 gRow 4 - Cell 2
Protein3.7 g7%
Carbohydrates22.5 g9%
Salt0.27 gRow 7 - Cell 2

Scotch pancakes are a real brunch staple. They are slightly more risen than a crêpe but with different ingredients than a classic American pancake.

While American pancakes do tend to be more savoury, they're often made with melted butter in the batter mixture to round out the flavour. Whereas scotch pancakes are slightly sweeter and they use sugar instead of butter. Our recipe for scotch pancakes has got to be one of the best. It uses five ingredients to create a pancake recipe that works perfectly with any topping. While we've gone for maple syrup and a scattering of nuts in our recipe, you could also add fruit on the top for a delicious twist of flavour.


  • 225g self-raising flour
  • Pinch salt
  • 50g caster sugar
  • 2 medium eggs
  • Milk - to make up to 300ml with the eggs
  • Chopped peanuts
  • Maple syrup (optional)
  • Butter to serve (optional)




  1. Prepare for your pancake recipe by first lightly grease a heavy-based frying pan or flat griddle pan and heat on a medium setting. Sift the flour, salt and sugar together in a bowl.
  2. Beat the eggs and milk together making sure you have made up the amount to 300ml. Slowly pour the eggs and milk into the flour and beat together until you have a smooth, creamy batter.
  3. Test the heat of the pan put a teaspoonful of batter onto the pan. If it sizzles and cooks in less than a minute it is ready. Drop tablespoons of the batter onto the pan and smooth with the back of a spoon.
  4. Cook until bubbles start to appear on the surface of each pancake, this will take about 3 to 4 minutes. Flip the pancakes over and cook until firm and golden.
  5. Keep the pancakes warm and repeat with the remaining batter. Serve the pancakes hot with chopped nuts and maple syrup poured over and top with a knob of butter.

Top tips for making scotch pancakes

Avoid over-mixing your pancake batter as this can leave you with pancake that are rubbery in texture. Instead, just mix the batter enough until it comes together before pouring it into the pan.

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Jessica Dady
Food Editor

Jessica Dady is Food Editor at GoodtoKnow and has over 12 years of experience as a digital editor, specialising in all things food, recipes, and SEO. From the must-buy seasonal food hampers and advent calendars for Christmas to the family-friendly air fryers that’ll make dinner time a breeze, Jessica loves trying and testing various food products to find the best of the best for the busy parents among us. Over the years of working with GoodtoKnow, Jessica has had the privilege of working alongside Future’s Test Kitchen to create exclusive videos - as well as writing, testing, and shooting her own recipes. When she’s not embracing the great outdoors with her family at the weekends, Jessica enjoys baking up a storm in the kitchen with her favourite bakes being chocolate chip cookies, cupcakes, and a tray of gooey chocolate brownies