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Basic Pancakes

This basic pancake mix can be made with non-dairy milk like Oat Drink. You can use either 100 per cent plain flour or a mixture of plain flour and buckwheat flour. The buckwheat gives the surface of the pancake a crisp texture which is lovely to eat. This recipe is ideal to use on Pancake Day.

Pancake Day, or Shrove Tuesday always falls 47 days before Easter. It is the day before Ash Wednesday which marks the start of Lent. Lent was traditionally a time of fasting and on Shrove Tuesday, Christians went to confession and were “shriven” (absolved from their sins). A bell would be rung to call people to confession. This came to be called the “Pancake Bell” and is still rung today.

Shrove Tuesday was the last opportunity to use up eggs and fats before embarking on the Lenten fast. Pancakes are the perfect way of using up these ingredients.


Makes 6 large thin pancakes

110g plain flour (or 75g plain and 35g buckwheat flour)

pinch of salt

1 egg

290ml Oat Drink

mild flavoured oil for frying (e.g. sunflower)

To serve

freshly squeezed juice of a lemon or orange

orange and /or lemon slices

caster sugar


Place all the ingredients into the goblet of a blender, or food processor, and process until smooth. Leave the batter to settle for about 30 minutes. This allows the starch grains to swell.

Heat a non-stick frying pan on a medium heat and wipe with a little oil. Pour 2 – 3 tablespoons of batter onto the hot frying pan and swirl the batter to form a circle. Cook for a couple of minutes until golden brown. and Flip the pancake over and cook the other side.

Cooks tip

Pancakes can be cooked in advance. Store a stack of pancakes interleaved with greaseproof paper in a freezer bag. Defrost and reheat before serving.