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How to make pancakes from scratch

Buying a packet of pancake mix might seem like the easy option, but not only is it more fun to make your own pancakes, it's likely to be cheaper as well!

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Contrary to what you might think, making pancakes from scratch is actually really easy, and after a lot of research (and extremely vital taste testing), we've come up with a flippin' good recipe to impress.

No silly photos, no pancake day memes, no annoying gifs, just a simple and delicious recipe that speaks for itself!

If you're looking for more cheap and easy ways to cook up a storm in the kitchen, then make sure to check out our student recipes section, which is packed with great ideas.


Makes 5–7 pancakes.

Average cost: £2.50 (not including fillings)

  • 110g plain flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 200ml milk mixed with 75ml water
  • 50g butter
  • Optional fillings (fresh fruit, lemon juice, sugar, etc)
  • Non-optional filling – Nutella (here's how to make you're own!)


  1. Weigh and sift the flour

    flour how to make pancakes

    Start off by measuring out the flour. Flour isn't too expensive and you may even have some hanging about – basic flour will work just as well.

    Once you've measured it all out simply sift it through a sieve into a mixing bowl.

  2. Crack in and whip the eggs

    break eggs into flour pancake

    Next up in the path to pancake perfection is to make a well in the middle of the flour and break the eggs into it.

    Use a whisk or fork to whip the mixture together in the bowl. You might get a few lumps, but if you carry on mixing it'll all work out alright on the night.

  3. Mix in milk and water

    mix water and milk pancake

    Watch out, here comes the hardest part (don't worry, it's not even that hard). All you need to do is slowly mix in the water and milk mixture (and by 'slowly', we mean pouring in little splashes at a time).

    One Save the Student user swears by using sparkling water here instead of tap water to make your pancakes extra fluffy (thanks Anka)!

    There will be lumps at the beginning but if you keep mixing then these should go away, we promise.

  4. Melt butter in a pan

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    Once you have your pancake batter, you need to melt the butter in a pan. Then add about 2 tablespoons of it into the batter.

    You, your batter and your buttery pan are now ready to kick some serious pancake butt and get those edible delights cooking.

  5. Cook and toss

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    Make sure that your pan is at a medium heat and add your first pancake.

    After about one minute you'll need to toss the pancake. This takes a small amount of skill and does come with some sticking-to-the-ceiling-liabilities, but it can be the most fun part of making pancakes.

    P.S. The first pancake usually always goes wrong, so don't worry if it's a bit messy.

  6. Cook a pancake mountain

    cook lots of pancakes

    Once your pancake is done to your liking you can move onto the next one until you're all out of batter.

    If any of the pancakes start sticking then you may need to add more butter or oil to the pan to carry on.

  7. Add your filling

    pancake fillings cheap recipe

    Now we move onto the filling! This comes down to personal choice but you might want to try fruits, chocolate, honey, lemon or sugar. Or even something really wacky like peanut butter or Doritos (too far?).

    Here at Save the Student towers, we have Owen who's a fan of the simple but effective lemon and sugar approach (the cheaper option, too), Tom who loves a bit of Nutella and banana, and Bronni who says that "galettes with Gruyère cheese and ham are like ?". Seriously.

    There are so many different options for you to try – just depends on your tastes (and your budget).

Many of the ingredients used to make pancakes from scratch may already be hiding away in your cupboard. Even if they're not, you can pick them up at the supermarket for almost nothing, especially if you chip in with your friends – so this really shouldn't be costly!

Make sure to let us know what you end up cooking, as well as any of your own tips in the comments!

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