When I was growing up in South Africa, it was tradition to have pancakes on wet, rainy days. I never really understood where the tradition came from, but I suppose it was a great way to keep the children occupied while they were stuck inside (needless to say this was before the new media age).

When we moved to the UK, we found that there was a different tradition involving pancakes. The Tuesday before the start of Lent is pancake Tuesday and most of the country eats pancakes. I’m up for pancakes anytime, the more pancakes the better!


  • 1 cup (110g) Plain Flour
  • 1 teaspoon (5ml) Baking Powder
  • 2 tablespoons (15ml) Sugar
  • 1 egg
  • +-1 1/2 cups (450ml) milk
  • 2 tablespoons (15ml) Oil for frying

Mix the flour and sugar together. Make a well in the middle of the flour and using a wooden spoon stir in approximately 400ml of the milk. Then add the egg and beat with a mixer.  If the mixture is too thick, add more milk until you have the right consistency.

Pour the oil into a frying pan and allow to heat up. Once hot, pour the oil out of the pan into a cup/jug (I use a mug).

Pour some mixture into the pan, enough batter to cover the bottom of the pan. Wait until the pancake is cooked through (it will have set on top) and turn over.

This mixtures serves about 10 pancakes (allowing for the broken and burnt ones), just enough for the two of us.

Serve with Cinnamon sugar (1/8 teaspoon cinnamon mixed with around 3 tablespoons Sugar), banana slices, nutella, chocolate sauce, ice cream or anything else you can think of.


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