We’re big fans of pancakes in our house, however we hadn’t come across a recipe for Scotch Pancakes before.

Hubby thought there may have been a drop of Scotch whisky in them, but – no – they’re completely kid-friendly.

Scotch Pancakes

Also known as drop scones, these delicious treats originated in Scotland (as the name suggests).

They are somehow even more delicious than all of the other pancake recipes I’ve tried in my various cookbooks.

We cooked up a batch, stacked them up, and then got a little less traditional by adding a generous amount of maple syrup and a little scoop of ice cream.

The result? Heaven.

How do you enjoy your pancakes? Just a little butter? Some jam, too? We’d love to hear your ideas in the comments below.

Tips for cooking perfect pancakes

To get the best results, keep these tips in mind when cooking up your pancakes:

  • let the batter rest for at least 5 minutes before cooking pancakes
  • heat frying pan to a medium heat only
  • grease pan lightly
  • flip pancakes when bubbles appear and start bursting
  • flip only once.

Other Scottish recipes

There are quite a few other Scottish recipes I’ll be adding as I make my way through Nana Ling’s collection of recipes from the past.

I’ve already added this amazing traditional Scottish shortbread recipe and I can’t wait to try her Ginger Beer recipe which comes from Cluny Castle in Scotland.

You can also find a post about five favourite Scottish treats here.

Nana Ling’s Scotch Pancakes recipe

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Scotch Pancakes

Scotch Pancakes

Also known as drop scones, these pancakes which originated in Scotland are always a good idea!
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Australian, Scottish
Keyword: pancakes, scotch pancakes
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 18 pancakes
Calories: 67kcal


  • 2 cups plain flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 dessert spoons golden syrup
  • 3/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder


  • Sift dry ingredients together in a bowl.
  • Add golden syrup and stir in with a knife. Then rub into the flour.
  • Beat eggs and add milk and water.
  • Add to dry ingredients and mix to a batter.
  • Pour mixture into a jug with a pouring spot.
  • Grease and then heat a heavy-bottomed frying pan.
  • Pour mixture into pancakes of about 8cm in diameter.
  • Wait until bubbles form and then flip and cook on the other side.
  • Serve warm with maple syrup and ice cream (or something else equally delicious!)


Calories: 67kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 14mg | Potassium: 77mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 48IU | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 1mg