Auntie Liz’s Scotch Panakes

Scotch Pancakes

I have a lot to thank my Auntie Liz for but one of them is making these delights, i remember sitting in her scullery waiting for these coming straight off her 60cm, 1″ thick cast iron griddle. As i write this, the smell of the buttermilk and lemon are embedded in my memory.

We sat there like sea gulls waiting for fish from the back of the boat as auntie Liz slung the steaming hot pancakes onto the plate in the centre of the table. Bless her she tried so hard to keep up with us, she kept them coming though until we were sitting there with a bellies like little footballs.

This is almost the identical recipe from Elizabeth McNamara (Auntie Liz) from Dundrum, Co.Down, Ireland.



625g self raising flour 

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp Bicarb

5 eggs

750ml milk, add a little more if needed

500ml Buttemilk

5 tbsp golden caster sugar

Little butter for frying


Get your frying pan/griddle on a low-medium heat

Place all ingredients except the butter in a food processor jug and blitz until all is combined. If you don’t have one just do it by hand.

The mixture should be pourable but at the same time a spoon should be able to stand in the mixture but sink slowly.

standingspoon   Pouring batter

Cook in the frying pan using a little butter over a medium heat for a couple of minutes or until you see bubbles appear….

ready to turn

If you get the heat levels correct turn over the pancake and cook for about another 1-2 minutes and you should end up with a few beauties!

It may take the first 2-3 pancakes to get the heat right but dont worry too much, just the heat adjust to suit.

I simply offer the following options with these delights…. fresh Amalfi Lemons, Sugar, Golden syrup, blueberries and Pan fried Banana!


Enjoy Shrove Tuesday, Big Al

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