Scotch pancakes (drop scones)


This scotch pancake recipe (also known as drop scones) make a great breakfast or snack. Serve hot with lashings of butter, jam or your favourite berries and syrup.

First published in 2019

Scotch pancakes (also know as drop scones) are smaller and thicker than the crêpe-like pancakes we enjoy on pancake day. Like American pancakes, they can be stacked and enjoyed with fruits and honey, but traditionally they are served with lashings of jam or melted butter. For a fruity variation, try adding lemon zest to the batter and sprinkling some raisins into the pancakes as they cook.




  • 180g of plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 220ml of milk
  • 1 tbsp of butter, melted
  • vegetable oil

To serve


Place the dry ingredients in a bowl and make a well in the centre. Add the milk, butter and egg and whisk thoroughly until you have a nice smooth batter. Leave to rest for 20 minutes
Place a large non-stick frying pan over a high heat. Once smoking, add a tablespoon of oil and turn down to a medium heat. Add a large tablespoon of the pancake batter and gently spread into a neat circle with the back of the spoon
Leave to cook for 2–3 minutes, or until nicely browned on the bottom, then flip over and cook for another minute. Keep on a tray in a low oven to keep warm while you cook the rest in batches
The first pancake might stick, but once the pan has settled at the right temperature, the rest will be fine. Add a touch more oil if they begin to stick again
Serve warm with crème fraîche, berries, honey or whatever takes your fancy
First published in 2019

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