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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!pancakesContrary 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

    siftflowerStart off by measuring out the flour. Flour is not too expensive and you may even have some hanging about – basics 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

    eggsinflourNext 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

    batterWatch out, here comes the hardest part… but 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 STS 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

    butterOnce 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

    panbatterMake sure that your pan is at a medium heat and add your first pancake, it'll be a baptism of fire, honest!

    After about one minute you need to toss the pancake. This takes a small amount of skill and does come with some sticking to the ceiling liabilities but can be a real 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

    pancakepileOnce 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

    pancakesfillingNow 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 (to far?).

    rainbow pancakesHere 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) to Dani who loves a bit of Nutella and banana. Then there's Jem who likes to put food colouring in to make a rainbow pancakes (see right)!

    There are so many different options you can 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 or are cheap to pick up at the supermarket, 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 up as well as any of your own tips in the comments!

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