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Scottish Pancakes – Sweet, fluffy, delicious pancakes served with honey and berries.

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Hi-yo! Happy start to the week, friends!! We’re welcoming this beautiful Monday with a stack of Scottish (uhh, ha?) Pancakes!

Do you know how many loops, hoops, and whatnot I had to go through to get this recipe? MANY!

Lemme tell you how all this got started.

One word. Pinterest.

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Sometime last year I saw this beautiful stack of pancakes in my Pinterest feed and I was drawn in immediately. I was ready to make it, eat it, love it!

As I clicked over, giddy as can be, I was led to a site that had me click over to another site, to then click over to another and then another… arrrrgh. Darn you, internet! Help a girl out! I almost LOST it! But, fortunately, one more click did the trick. Finally, I had the recipe.

Orrrrr did I? muahahaha (<—- I’m doing Dr. Evil’s pinky-to-mouth gesture.)

As soon as I started to work on said recipe in my kitchen, I thought, this looks way too familiar… and it was! I had made that recipe once before and it was La Fuji Mama’s recipe for Japanese Hotcakes. Delicious hotcakes, by the way, but the pancakesI was looking forwere not those.Back to the drawing board.

Are you sick of my story, yet?? Think about how I felt! Just work with me here.

Several hundred google-searches later, I found what I was looking for.
FYI: “very tall fluffy pancakes” =74,800 google results.


    Soon after nailing it down, I called my 1/4-Scotch uncle to ask about these pancakes. The dude gave me the recipe in less than 2 seconds. He knew exactly what I was talking about! He’s also a trained chef, so this question worked out in his favor.

    However, his recipe was all in grams and he lost me. When I asked about translating all that to cups, he said, “Bakers work with grams“.
    Okey, dokey, then…Good thing I’m not a trained baker!

    Buuut, I had no choice! Everywhere I looked for Scottish Pancakes, it was all in grams. So I whooped out my kitchen scale and got to work. While all that worked out perfectly, and the pancakes came out so deliciously tall, I still was not satisfied with the height.

    Therefore, my dear friends, I did the next best thing. I whooped out my biscuit cutter, I then poured the batter inside the cutter and VOILA! The tallest pancakes in all the world are right before your eyes! Thus, if you are not satisfied with the tall pancakes that this batter produces, bring out the biscuit cutter. It works wonders. Obvi.

    I hope you enjoyed my forever-long story. Mwah!


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    Scottish Pancakes

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    Sweet, fluffy, delicious pancakes served with honey and berries.

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    Servings : 8 pancakes

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    Prep Time 20 minutes mins

    Cook Time 20 minutes mins

    Total Time 40 minutes mins


    • 1 cup all-purpose flour
    • 2 teaspoons baking powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
    • pinch of salt
    • 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons milk
    • 1 large egg, beaten
    • 2 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled
    • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
    • 1/4 cup Vegetable oil, for cooking
    • honey or maple syrup, for topping
    • fresh berries, for topping


    • Combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon, sugar, and salt in a mixing bowl and mix until well incorporated.

    • In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg, milk, vanilla, and melted butter.

    • Pour the eggs mixture into the flour mixture and stir just until incorporated; do not overmix. The batter should be thick and a little lumpy; if it is too thick to work with, add a bit of milk. Set the batter aside for 10 minutes.

    • Heat a heavy-bottomed, non-stick pan over low-medium heat and coat it with oil. DO NOT use all the oil at once; pour enough to coat the bottom of the pan.

    • Drop the batter, 1/4 cup per pancake, into the pan.

    • Cook until the first side is golden brown and the top surface forms bubbles.

    • Flip and continue to cook until golden brown on all sides.

    • Add more oil as needed.

    • Serve immediately, drizzled with honey or maple syrup and fresh berries.


    Serving: 1 Pancake | Calories: 114 kcal | Carbohydrates: 16 g | Protein: 3 g | Fat: 3 g | Saturated Fat: 2 g | Cholesterol: 29 mg | Sodium: 44 mg | Potassium: 156 mg | Fiber: 0 g | Sugar: 4 g | Vitamin A: 140 IU | Calcium: 75 mg | Iron: 0.9 mg

    Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

    Course: Breakfast

    Cuisine: Scottish

    Keyword: breakfast recipes, pancakes

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    What is the difference between Scotch pancakes and normal pancakes? ›

    Similar to American pancakes, Scotch pancakes (also known as drop scones) are made with flour, eggs, sugar, milk, salt and cream of tartar. They are made much smaller than a typical English pancake and are often served with jam or cream as a snack.

    What are Scotch pancakes made of? ›

    Sift the flour and sugar into a bowl and make a well in the centre. Add the melted butter, the egg and half the milk. Mix together, then slowly stir in the remaining milk to make a smooth, thick batter. Heat a large frying pan until hot.

    What is Queen Elizabeth's pancake recipe? ›

    Beat two eggs with 4 tablespoons of sugar and about one teacup (or 3/4 of a cup) of milk. Add 4 teacups of flour and mix in another teacup of milk "as required" Mix in 3 teaspoons of cream of tartar and 2 tablespoons of bicarbonate soda (baking soda) Fold in 2 tablespoons of melted butter.

    What is the history of Scotch pancakes? ›

    The Scottish poet Robert Burns described his native land as a 'Land o' Cakes'. In days gone by, people were expected to give up eggs, oil, dairy products, and other 'luxuries' during Lent. The tradition of making pancakes was designed to use up all the 'forbidden' foods before Lent in order to avoid spoiling and waste.

    Why are my Scotch pancakes rubbery? ›

    Over-mixing pancake batter develops the gluten that will make the pancakes rubbery and tough. For light, fluffy pancakes, you want to mix just until the batter comes together—it's okay if there are still some lumps of flour. Fat (melted butter) makes the pancakes rich and moist.

    Why do restaurant pancakes taste better than homemade? ›

    Restaurants use better quality ingredients

    Restaurants tend to use real, farm-fresh eggs and real milk when making their pancakes, which as you might guess, adds to a richer, higher-quality eating experience.

    What do Americans call Scotch pancakes? ›

    Also called Drop Scones, Scotch pancakes are enjoyed for breakfast and as a snack in the United Kingdom. The main difference between Scotch and American pancakes is that the Scotch version is simpler. Ingredients include self-rising flour, salt, caster sugar, and eggs.

    Are you meant to toast Scotch pancakes? ›

    Cooking Instructions - General. Serve hot or cold. For best results Toast.

    Do you put Scotch pancakes in the toaster? ›

    Place under a preheated grill. Turning once during heating. Alternatively, place in toaster. Toast on a medium heat for 1-2 minutes.

    What are purple pancakes made of? ›

    These vibrant purple pancakes get their color from a natural source: ube, also known as purple yam. This ingredient is common in Filipino desserts, but can be difficult to find in the United States.

    What was Queen Elizabeth's favorite dish? ›

    Queen Elizabeth adhered to a daily teatime meal; her preference for delicate sandwiches with the crusts cut off was well-publicized. Her favorite version was reported to be smoked salmon with cream cheese. If the old adage is true, one should eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dine like a pauper.

    Why are my Scotch pancakes flat? ›

    Why are my pancakes flat and not fluffy? A flat pancake is usually the result of the batter being too wet.

    What is the oldest pancake? ›

    600 BC - The first recorded mention of pancakes dates back to ancient Greece and comes from a poet who described warm pancakes in one of his writings. 1100 AD – Shrove Tuesday (Pancake Day) becomes a traditional way to use up dairy products before lent – the pancake breakfast is born.

    Why are they called dollar pancakes? ›

    These bite-sized pancakes are similar to the small Scottish pancakes, sometimes known as drop scones, since the batter is dropped directly into the skillet. In the U.S., we refer to them as "silver dollar" pancakes, as they are roughly the size of the old-school coin.

    Are Scotch pancakes the same as American? ›

    Drop Scones, also known as Scotch Pancakes, are something I've been baking since my childhood and something that Granny has always been on hand to help perfect. Similar to American Pancakes but way simpler, they make a great treat for breakfast or just for snacking.

    Do Scotch pancakes contain alcohol? ›

    Scotch pancakes, for those who are not familiar, are just Scottish pancakes! Fear not, they are family-friendly and no alcohol is involved in the making..

    Is there a difference between pancakes hotcakes and flapjacks? ›

    The words flapjacks, hotcakes, and griddlecakes are all used as synonyms for what are most generally and popularly called pancakes. Usage of some of these terms varies by region.


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