English Pancakes with Lemon and Sugar

February 22, 2017
English pancakes with lemon and sugar
Traditional English pancakes with lemon and sugar. Perfect for pancake day

Pancake day is right around the corner. Why not try making these traditional English pancakes with lemon and sugar?

Pancake day or Shrove Tuesday is a day when it is traditional to eat pancakes. English pancakes are thin and delicate and taste gorgeous with a topping of lemon and sugar. They are similar to a French crepe and very different from American breakfast pancakes.

American pancakes are much thicker and the batter contains a raising agent. Shrove Tuesday marks the start of Lent and pancakes are made to use up all the milk, butter and eggs in the house. These are forbidden during the abstinence of Lent.

Pancake day is always popular with children. As a child I always looked forward to my mum making pancakes. Now I am the one who makes pancakes for my son. He never forgets pancake day and always requests them. Bright Horizons, Nursery in Chiswick, have put together some delicious child friendly pancake recipes and asked if I wanted to try them. There is a great choice of pancake recipes,  banana and maple syrup pancakes, vegan blueberry pancakes, cherry pancakes with vanilla ice cream or lemon and sugar pancakes. They all look like lovely recipes, perfect to make and share with your kids. I chose to try the English pancakes with lemon and sugar. The traditional is always popular.

English pancakes with lemon and sugar

English pancakes with lemon and sugar

How do you make English pancakes? Making the pancakes is quick and easy but making the perfect pancake takes a little bit of time.

The basic recipe is simple. Make the batter by whisking together eggs, milk and flour with a little salt. Take the time to sift the flour first as it helps prevent lumps forming in the mixture. Whisk the batter until is is nice and smooth and let it rest for about ten minutes.

The key to making perfect pancakes is getting the pan hot enough. Melt some butter in the pan and wait until it is sizzling. Pour the batter into the pan using a jug and swirl it around to make a thin layer. Cook until the batter starts to come away from the sides and you can slide it around the pan.

English pancakes with lemon and sugar

At this point you can flip your pancake to cook the other side. You can either turn it with a spatula or if you are brave try flipping it into the air to turn it. The challenge is catching it on the way down.

Kids always have great fun trying to flip the pancake. Make lots of batter as there are bound to be some disasters!

Can I freeze pancakes?

Don’t worry if you have more pancakes than you can eat. Pancakes freeze very well.

Just layer them on top of each other with some greaseproof paper between them. Place the stack of pancakes into a freezer bag and pop them in the freezer. When you want to use them just defrost them.

To reheat them just heat a frying pan and cook each pancake for about thirty seconds on each side.

English Pancakes with lemon and sugar recipe

English Pancakes with lemon and sugar

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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Simple and tasty traditional english pancakes.

Credit: Bright Horizona


  • 110g plain flour
  • pinch salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 200ml milk mixed with 75ml water
  • 50g butter

To serve

  • caster sugar
  • lemon juice
  • lemon wedges


  1. Sift the flour and salt into a bowl.
  2. Make a well in the middle of the flour and add the eggs into it
  3. Whisk the eggs into the flour
  4. Gradually add the milk and water mix and whisk all the time until a smooth batter is formed.
  5. Melt the butter in a pan.
  6. Add 2 tbsp of the melted butter to the mixture and whisk.
  7. Keep the rest of the butter aside to use in the frying pan
  8. Heat a frying pan until hot and swirl some of the melted butter round it
  9. Turn to medium heat
  10. Using a jug pour some batter into the pan and swirl round until a thin layer coats the pan
  11. Cook for thirty seconds until the batter is coming away from the sides and the pancake moves round the pan.
  12. Flip over and cook the other side.
  13. Place the pancake on a plate and repeat until all the batter is used
  14. Serve the pancakes with sprinkle of lemon and sugar.

Why not pin the recipe to try later?
Traditional English pancakes with lemon and sugar. Perfect for pancake day

Other pancake ideas for pancake day

Whilst traditional English pancakes with lemon and sugar are always a big hit on pancake day they are not the only option. Why not mix it up by trying a different pancake recipe? You could have make savoury pancakes and serve them for dinner. Crispy chicken and bacon pancakes are ideal for this and really tasty. For something a little sweeter you could try making Indonesian pancakes. The bright green colour will cause a stir. Play it safe and make a stack of American pancakes for breakfast. These are always a crowd pleaser.

Read more: Pancakes from around the world

Are you making pancakes for pancake day? What style are you making? Let me know below.

I was sent the cost of the ingredients to try out this recipe as well as some fun pancake cutters to allow me to make dinosaur shaped pancakes. My opinions are my own.

4 responses to “English Pancakes with Lemon and Sugar”

  1. Jennifer says:

    My children always love pancakes. After I show them the post, they ask me to make the pancakes for them. I will make it at this weekend. Thank you very much for a wonderful recipe!

  2. I love pancakes! It is an delicious and tasty dish for breakfast. I will cook it for tomorrow breakfast and maybe dessert after dinner, too. Thank you!

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