Crafting The Perfect Pancake for Pancake Day

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Creating the perfect pancake for Pancake Day involves balancing texture, flavour, and presentation.

Crafting The Perfect Pancake for Pancake Day


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • Butter or oil for cooking

Optional toppings:

  • Maple syrup
  • Fresh berries
  • Whipped cream
  • Chocolate chips
  • Sliced bananas
  • Nutella
  • Honey
  • Powdered sugar


  1. Preheat your griddle or frying pan: Set it to medium heat. It’s important to let it preheat thoroughly to ensure even cooking.
  2. Prepare the dry ingredients: In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt until well combined.
  3. Mix wet ingredients: In another bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, egg, and melted butter until smooth.
  4. Combine wet and dry ingredients: Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir until just combined. Be careful not to overmix; lumps are okay. Let the batter sit for a few minutes to allow it to rest, which will help the pancakes become fluffy.
  5. Grease the pan: Add a small amount of butter or oil to the pan and spread it evenly.
  6. Pour the batter: Use a ladle or measuring cup to pour the batter onto the hot pan. Aim for pancakes that are about 4-5 inches in diameter to ensure even cooking.
  7. Cook the pancakes: Cook until bubbles form on the surface of the pancake and the edges begin to look set, about 2-3 minutes. Then, carefully flip the pancakes and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes until golden brown on both sides.
  8. Keep warm: Place cooked pancakes on a plate and cover with a clean kitchen towel to keep them warm while you cook the remaining batter.
  9. Serve: Serve the pancakes hot with your choice of toppings. Get creative with your toppings to make Pancake Day extra special!
  10. Enjoy!: Finally, enjoy your delicious homemade pancakes with friends and family.

Remember, practice makes perfect, so don’t worry if your first pancake isn’t flawless. Experiment with the batter consistency and cooking time to find what works best for you. Happy Pancake Day! lists cookery courses, cooking courses, lessons and classes run by colleges, schools and course providers throughout Ireland.

Get cooking here!

Steven Galvin

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