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stack of scotch pancakes
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5 from 4 votes

Scotch Pancakes

Also known as drop scones, these pancakes which originated in Scotland are always a good idea!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Australian, Scottish
Keyword: pancakes, scotch pancakes
Servings: 18 pancakes
Calories: 75kcal


  • 2 cups SR flour (or plain/all purpose flour with 6 teaspoons baking powder)
  • 2 tablespoons caster sugar
  • 1 tablespoon golden syrup (or light corn syrup)
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 2 eggs


  • Sift flour into a bowl and add sugar.
  • Add syrup and stir in with a knife.
  • Beat eggs and add milk and water.
  • Add to dry ingredients and mix to a batter. Use a whisk but do not overbeat. Instead, just stir until all lumps are removed and you have a smooth batter.
  • Pour batter into a jug with a pouring spout.
  • 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 for a couple of minutes.
  • Serve warm with maple syrup and ice cream (or something else equally delicious!)


Tips for better Scotch Pancakes:
  • use fresh eggs
  • don't overbeat the batter
  • 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.


Calories: 75kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 13mg | Potassium: 40mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 48IU | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1mg