Scottish Pancakes



Canadians aren’t the only people who love pancakes. Back home Scottish pancakes were served on a regular basis in our house.

Coming up with new breakfast ideas is not an easy task but one I’m always willing to test.

Who wants an easy breakfast this morning?

This is me shouting out asking the kids and hubby if they want Scottish pancakes and the reply is yeah, pancakes. This is also a kids pancake recipe because you can invite your kids to help prepare the ingredients as long as you do the flipping.

I never ever buy the store-bought packets of mix as it truly is cheaper to make your own pancake mix.

I remember just last week reading on Canadian Budget Binder fan saying that she can’t believe she used to buy boxed pancake mix and that making pancakes from scratch is so easy.

How to make homemade pancakes? Easy…. read on.


Scottish Pancakes


Stop wondering how to make easy pancakes because I’m going to share with you a pancake recipe that I know will become your all-time favourite.

I always make a dry pancake mix to have on standby so that all I have to do is add the wet ingredients and the pancakes are ready in a jiffy.

This pancakes recipe is great to if you are allergic to eggs as you can replace the egg with applesauce.

This is also a quick pancake recipe so you aren’t waiting too long before they sitting on your plate pipping hot. I usually use the Mott’s applesauce as one is more than ample to replace the egg.

Pancakes are a great way to start your day and to have for brunch served with maple syrup, golden syrup or even fruit. I like my Scottish pancakes hot and smothered in butter.

Another simple recipe I make often are my orange and carrot breakfast muffins which my family devours.

Needless to say in this house Scottish pancakes are straight off the hot grill, onto plates and gobbled up, I never have leftovers.

Pancakes are however really great for freezing and can be eaten cold or popped into the toaster to be reheated a great standby for those unexpected visitors.

My Scottish pancake recipe is my moms traditional pancake recipe. It was one of the first things I craved for when I first moved here to Canada as we were always on the go.

They are simple to make and a fast way to put dinner on the table. There’s nothing wrong with eating breakfast for dinner, plenty of people do. It’s a nice change as well and my family doesn’t mind.

We usually have these Scottish pancakes with golden syrup which is a lot sweeter than your maple and table syrup.


Scottish Pancakes
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If you love pancakes you will love my mums traditional Scottish pancakes served with your choice of fruit, maple syrup or any syrup you fancy.
Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 12
  • 1 egg or 1 small tub of apple sauce (Mott's)
  • 8oz/2 Cups Plain Flour
  • 1 tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 tablespoon golden syrup
  • 1 teaspoon bicarb soda
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 11/2 teaspoons Cream of Tartar
  • Pinch of Salt
  • Milk to thicken (around 1 cup)
  • 1 nob butter
  1. Mix all ingredients bar the milk into a large bowl or large (4 cup) mixing jug.
  2. Now add your milk a bit at a time (you made need to add more if its too thick) until you get it to the right consistence but runny enough to pour out.
  3. Heat your griddle to 300oC/150oF
  4. Rub surface of grill with butter (I usually use a butter wrapper)
  5. Drop enough mixture onto the grill to make a roundish pancake (doesn't have to be perfect).
  6. Wait until small bubbles appear on top and they start to burst.
  7. Now flip pancake over and press down lightly
  8. Check the underside to see if it has turned brown if it has transfer to a plate with a bit of kitchen towel as so that the pancake does not sweat.
A simple Scottish pancake recipe to save time and money that can be enjoyed any time of the day.
From my home to yours,
Nicky x


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  1. Nicola Don says:

    Yup I like them cold to with butter and jam. Glad they brought back some memories and enjoy making them!

  2. Years ago when I was a child, my Dad was minister of a large church in Toronto (why we came to Canada), styled after Yorkminster cathedral in the UK. There was a membership list of 1400. Every Boxing Day, we held an Open House for the “church family” at our home. Many ladies helped by providing goodies – including one old Scottish lady, Mrs Duncan, who always brought a large platter of her Scottish pancakes. Hers were about 1 1/2″ in diameter,served cold and buttered. I loved them as my mother only made crepes on Shrove Tuesday (with sugar and lemon juice). In amongst a feast of fancy squares, cookies & jumbles, ribbon, checkerboard & open-face sandwiches, to me the simplest wee pancakes were the best. Thanks for triggering this memory!!! Now to make some.

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