Introduction: World's Easiest Pancakes

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Feeling hungry? Make some of these, they're incredibly quick and easy to make and taste great.

Step 1: Obtain Tools and Materials

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You will need:

-1 cup plain flour
-1 cup milk
-1 egg
- butter
- lemon

-mixing bowl
-frying pan
-wooden spoon
-hand or electric beaters
-butter knife or spatula
-kitchen paper

Step 2: Combine Ingredients

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- Mix the egg into the flour using the wooden spoon. The more thorough you are here the less lumps your pancakes will have.

- Add milk gradually and stir in. Make sure all lumps are gone before adding most of the milk.

- Switch to the beaters and add the rest of the milk. Beat thoroughly.

The batter is now complete. Easy wasn't it?

Step 3: Prepare the Pan

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- Rub some butter into the pan and increase the heat until the butter begins to burn. Now wipe out the residue completely using a wad of kitchen paper. Be careful not to burn yourself.

- Now reduce the heat slightly and add more butter.

Step 4: Let the Frying Begin

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- Using the ladle, tranfer exactly the right amount of batter to the pan.

- Tilt the pan around to spread the batter out thinly.

Step 5: Keep on Cooking

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- When the batter has completely changed colour, it is about ready to flip. Here you have a choice of techniques.

1. Shake the pan vigorously to loosen the pancake to the point where it slides around, then with great finesse and skill toss the pancake and flip it.


2. Use a knife or spatula or similar device to lift the edge of the pancake and flip it the boring way.

Step 6: Serving

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- Slide the pancake out onto a plate.

- Sprinkle on some sugar and squeeze some lemon juice.

- Roll it up.

- Do something more fancy if you so desire.

Step 7: The End

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- Eat

- Enjoy

- Make some more.

This recipe is very simple and could be modified to produce a variety of dishes. Since there is no sugar in the batter you could try something savoury. Experiment, then if you come up with something delicious post it on Instructables.


Tristo (author)2016-02-17

Thanks! I needed a simple recipie to satisfy my Pancake Craving. I am British and we call these pancakes, no sugar is needed in the batter. As for toppings; sugar and fresh lemon juice is hard to beat, though I am going to try Maple syrup, Cinnamon and lemon today! I also like soft fruits and greek yoghurt as a topping. A friend once made us Canadian pancakes (he was canadian) with bacon and maple syrup and they are a diferent pancake entirely, more like a "drop scone" to us in the UK as you add sugar to the batter and you use a raising agent to get them to rise. I will eat a pancake in whatever form it manifests itself!

CrayfishYAY (author)2011-04-23

Hey! These are great! My whole family loves them! My mom used them as shoe inserts. They felt good! My dad finally patched that hole on the roof with 1 of those. Now we don't have any leaks! For me, I put 5 of those in each hand & used them as 5 lb. dumbells! Then finally, my brother (Eddie) & I played frisbee with each other. Those things could fly! At 1st, I ate a couple of them & now my dad says to drink alot of water. Why? Because when they come out, IT'S GONNA HURT!!!! Well, thanks!

P.S.: Where did you get the recipie from, Rubbermaid?

fasteddy (author)2006-03-23

Sigh, Americans... Those are not pancakes, those are crepes. And yes, they are delicious. Try topping them with brown sugar and maple syrup or better yet, fresh fruit with a light sprinkling of white sugar.

supertoria12 (author)fasteddy2011-03-09

yes, crepes are completely different from pancakes. i cant stand pancakes but crepes are my favorite breakfast food. real maple syrup tastes the best on them especially with a light dab of salted butter.

aureliansh (author)fasteddy2010-09-29

1. I am south African
2. They are pancakes (well here in sa) crepes are like this only alot bigger and less sweet.
3. we call the thicker ones flap jacks
4. And toping them with homemade lemon syrup and cinnamon IS the best I have tried

calltobe (author)fasteddy2006-07-05

crepes are the same thing as pancakes. My family is Swedish, and this is one of my favorites for breakfast: Swedish pancakes.
here's a little glance of history.

Sharingan Silk (author)calltobe2006-08-16

Indeed, pancakes and crepes are the same thing... except for the shape. Crepes are very thin while pancakes are thicker. Here in France, there are a lot of "recipes" to accomodate your crepes. Simplest is just to sprinkle sugar on it. Another simple thing is putting jam/marmelade. Still my favorite one is putting nutella and banana.

tz1_1zt (author)Sharingan Silk2007-05-15

This is how we make pancakes in England, and we call them pancakes! It's my language and I'll decide what they are called :) A popular topping is sugar and lemon juice. They are not really a breakfast dish over here, everybody eats pancakes on Shrove Tuesday then forgets about them for 12 months .
They are not the same as crepes. A crepe batter is very thin, cooked in a much bigger pan or on a hot plate. A crepe is almost paper thin when cooked. The ingredients might be the same, but proportions are different.
For a mini pancake cooker see my Cancake instructable.

xilefakamot (author)tz1_1zt2009-08-31

I know! We need to eat pancakes more often! I was really annoyed because I was in France for 'Mardi Gras' and they didn't celebrate anything! I was expecting more crepes than I could eat - I thought it was a big thing in France. I think I'll make some now to make up for it.

Joe Martin (author)tz1_1zt2008-04-15

Finally another brit who understands my pancake frustration, Why can't they get that these are pancakes and that there our pancakes!

Swedish crepe with nutella and banana... that sounds awesome. I routinely make these for Saturday morning breakfast fro my family.. I'll have to try the nutella and banana ones this weekend. I also make Æbleskiver

What is nutella like? Strange question but im allergic to hazelnuts and can't try.

Swert (author)old_bass_masta2009-03-20

It tastes a lot like chocolate, so its pretty much a chocolate spread

Leon Close (author)fasteddy2006-03-26

Well actually I'm Australian and I thought they might not be pancakes. Proper maple syrup is just about impossible to get around here, wrong hemisphere and all.

nothingmuch (author)fasteddy2006-03-25

The O.P. is from Australia... ;-)

komecake (author)2010-02-27

  Omg I'm drooling. HELLOOOOOOOO breakfast! Hehehehe.

commoncarp1234 (author)2010-01-29


sarahann826 (author)2009-11-10

to make it easier to fry these:  spray the hot pan with a pan stray, add the batter and then pick up the pan and rotate it making the batter form a nice thin pancake.  These will fry up in about 30 seconds.  just flip and fry the other side for about 10 seconds and voila!!! you've got some dang good crepes for filling with whatever, or just sugar and butter like this guy did.

djr6789 (author)2009-11-10

nutella pancakes FTW!

R1Ch0 (author)2009-09-29

worked great, made a chocolate chip batch. very good.

PKTraceur (author)2009-03-20

You should include (1/4 cup? Test it out.) Sugar into the recipe.

Bludbunny (author)PKTraceur2009-04-16

yep - I do this exact recipe (1+1+1 ingredients) with 1/4 cup sugar as well but i use self raising flour to make them fluffy. Works great. Been making these since my dad taught me over 20 years ago. Now i make them for my wife and 4 y.o twins. All good. As mentioned below, great with nutella!!

Swert (author)2009-03-20

These things are really good with nutella on them

Cartuner55 (author)2007-06-09

yum! i had these and they were great! thx for posting. oh and they are crepes.

=SMART= (author)Cartuner552008-06-04

NO THERE NOT!!!!! in france the same thing would be called a crepe but i Britain we call them pancakes, we can call them what we want!! :D

old_bass_masta (author)=SMART=2008-06-16

Crepe means pancake en francais.

=SMART= (author)old_bass_masta2008-06-16

yea i know "in france the same thing would be called a crepe" Thats what i said

old_bass_masta (author)=SMART=2008-06-16

actually, pancakes with baking powder are called crepes, these are Crepes in english.

=SMART= (author)old_bass_masta2008-06-16

well nobody in england calls them crepes but everyone outside england TELLS us that we DO call them crepes. I think we should be able to call it what we want.

old_bass_masta (author)=SMART=2008-06-17

I didnt say anything about england, english is a language, remember? spoken in the US, Canada, England, and a lot of other places -confused- oh well. they are made in a pan, and they are cakes, if you deep fry them its called Bannock (spelling?)

=SMART= (author)old_bass_masta2008-06-17

yea i know but americans say soccer and we say football, words have different meanings and in uk that food above is a pancake

old_bass_masta (author)=SMART=2008-06-17

Yea and beanies are called a Toque in canada.

Right, us British will call what we want, what we want. THESE ARE PANCAKES. This really pisses me off when people from other counties who don't now much about us start telling us what things are, you have jelly we have jam. And anyway Crepes are paper thin, these have a slight bit of thickness so :P Joe

But jelly is basically jam without seeds.. and jam has seeds.

Facepalm, Our jam has pips or without but it's still called jam!

i have a question, why are we arguing about what some dude called a pancake/crepe thinger?

Yes it is silly, We will call them pancakes, and you will call them crepes. (Even though their pancakes ;-)) Let me explain, You are correct in saying the the French word "crepe" translates to "pancake" but the meaning and use of it is different. A crepe batter is much thiner and most of the time cooked on a flat cast iron hot plate thingy (I have one, It's big, heavy, makes a mess and lives right at the back of cupboard) Whereas British "pancakes" are cooked in a frying pan, are not paper thin and the batter is slightly thinker. We may have to agree to disagree (Yet I will have to have a vow from the whole of America :JK:) Joe

Cartuner55 (author)Joe Martin2008-12-11

i am sorry i started this argument. I offically call them SOFT FLATBREAD!

haha. NICE.

British pancakes indeed. Pancakes for me have baking powder therefore it actually rises like a cake. cool huh?

imnotarealaccount (author)2008-10-27

Delicious and easy to make. I'm eating it now with Luncheon roll, mozzarella cheese cheddar cheese and ketchup!

GreenPhantom (author)2008-06-22

Very good! I literally just made these moments ago and they are gone! They were great! I topped them with dried blueberries (its all i had to work with) before i rolled them up and then "injected" them with whipped cream, they were GODLIKE.

Joe Martin (author)2008-01-02

I'm sorry but I am sick to the bone of the Americans calling our pancakes crepes.
I live in England (Hastings) and I have always found it very annoying especially when GiR2007 posted his video "pancakes" on Youtube, One comment straight on the top is

'"pancakes? no no it isn't pancakes ,but crepes; for pancakes you have to use hot milk and yeast ;) but i think your crepes are good to ;)"

A bit ignorant seeing as GiR put this in the video description

"I live in Scotland, these are British pancakes which are like Crépes, to clear up the confusion. Lemon and Sugar is very popular on pancakes here."

(That lends to another one of my rants of Youtube of people never reading the video description, But I'll save that for a different time!)

Anyway just putting it out there that ours are called pancakes too!

Joe out.

Patrik (author)Joe Martin2008-02-04

Yeah well, don't get me started on this thing the Americans call "football" ;-)

=SMART= (author)Patrik2008-06-04

yea lol

Folin1 (author)Patrik2008-03-20

Its not soocer but it passes as a sport.

Yerboogieman (author)Joe Martin2008-02-05

these are pancrepes

Leon Close (author)Joe Martin2008-02-04

Thanks for clearing this up. I've always known these as pancakes, not crepes, so that's what I called them.

Gjdj3 (author)2008-04-15

I love these! I just add some stuff to the middle (cream cheese stuff) and some cherries and cherry sauce... Then they are not only the World's Easiest, but the World's Greatest!

Offset (author)2008-03-21

I like using brown sugar for pancakes. And if you want to make chocolate-ship pancakes, add some cocoa powder as well. Just some ideas.

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