Hotcakes Recipe

This is another recipe that my family cooks regularly, and it’s brilliant for all occasions.

  • Serves 8
  • Preparation time: 5 minutes
  • Cooking time: ~20 minutes


  • 250g self raising flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 375ml milk
  • ½tsp vanilla essence
  • 50g butter, melted and cooled slightly
  • Extra butter, for cooking
  • Maple syrup and fruit, to serve


  1. Sift the flour, salt, and baking powder into a large mixing bowl. Make a well in the centre.
  2. Combine the eggs, milk, and vanilla essence in a jug. Beat with a fork until well combined.
  3. Add the milk mixture and the melted butter to the flour, stirring until just combined. The mixture will be slightly lumpy; this is okay. Don’t overbeat it or the hotcakes will end up tough.
  4. Melt about ½ teaspoon of butter in a frying pan over medium heat. Drop 60ml of mixture at a time into the pan. It should spread to about 14cm round.
  5. Cook until small holes appear on the surface and the underside is golden.
  6. Turn the hotcake over and cook for a further minute, until it puffs up slightly. Be sure not to flatten the hotcake with the spatula.
  7. Remove the hotcake from the pan and repeat until there is no mixture left.
  8. Suggestion: Serve with maple syrup and fruit.