6 Best Recipes for Scotch Pancakes

Are you in need of some recipes for scotch pancakes? After all, It’s almost Pancake Day, which means we can forget about the dreaded calories and nom on some yummy pancakes – hurrah!

If you’re a student staying at our fabulous accommodation in Glasgow, you’ll be more than familiar with the scotch pancake, an absolute treat to our rumbling tummy’s.

Scotch pancakes are actually known as ‘drop’ or ‘dropped scones’, because of the soft dollops of mixture that are dropped onto the cooking surface to make them!

For those who have never heard of them, they’re baso thicker and slightly more risen than a crepe and sort of resemble a pikelet (a thin crumpet.)

After that brief explanation, we hope you’re feeling hungry, because we’ve gathered the best scotch pancake recipes for students studying in Glasgow.

1. Basic Scotch Pancake Recipe

classic recipe for scotch pancakes

Let’s kick off with a basic Scottish pancake recipe, it’s nice and easy and really delicious!


  • 100g self-raising flour
  • A pinch of salt
  • 50g caster sugar
  • 1 free-range egg
  • 4 tbsp milk


1. Place your batter ingredients into a mixing bowl and whisk it together (this could get messy!)

2. Grab a non-stick frying pan on medium heat and add a little oil to the pan.

3. Add a couple of large spoonfuls of the mix to the pan and cook for 1-2 minutes until small bubbles appear!

4. Turn the scotch pancake over and cook it for another few minutes until it’s slightly golden.

5. Transfer the pancakes onto a plate and sprinkle with a bit of sugar if you have a sweet tooth 😉

2. Gluten-Free Scotch Pancakes Recipe

gluten-free scotch pancakes

For all the gluten-free peeps out there, don’t worry, you can still enjoy a scotch pancake with this recipe!


  • 100g gluten-free self-raising flower
  • 1 egg
  • 150ml milk
  • Oil for pan


1. Firstly, you’ll need to measure the flour into a jug – simple!

2. Next, break the egg into the jug and add the milk until you get a smooth paste.

3. Put some oil into a large frying pan and roll it around the surface until it’s nice and hot.

4. Make sure you stir the batter and pour some into the pan to make roughly 3 circles!

5. Cook the scotch pancakes on a medium heat, and once bubbles appear on the surface and the base is golden…get flipping!

6. Then you’re done! You can serve them warm or cold with a cheeky bit of jam 😉

3. Jam & Cream Scotch Pancakes

scotch pancakes recipe jam & cream

Now, this scotch pancakes recipe is an absolute classic amongst the Scots, and it’s no wonder! Jam and clotted cream are a top-tier sweet treat.


  • 250g self-raising flour
  • 1 tbsp golden syrup/honey
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 250ml milk
  • Jam of your choice
  • Clotted cream


1. You know the drill, first, you’ve got to make the batter by sieving the flour into a bowl and make a well in the centre.

2. Pop the remaining ingredients into the flour until you have a smooth batter.

3. To cook the scotch pancakes, melt some butter into a crepe pan or frying pan.

4. Add a couple of tablespoons of batter and cook them until bubbles appear over the surface!

5. Flip them over for a couple more minutes and make sure they’re nice and golden.

6. To serve, get your clotted cream and jam and spoon out a generous portion (treat yourself!)

4. Maple Syrup & Bacon Scotch Pancakes Recipe

maple syrup & bacon scotch pancake

Mmmm, this is a totally dreamy breakfast, bound to start your day off right…because who doesn’t love bacon & maple syrup – it’s the ultimate dreamy combo.


  • 225g self-raising flour
  • 25g caster sugar
  • 40g butter, melted
  • 1 medium egg
  • 250ml milk
  • 2 tsp vegetable oil
  • Smoked streaky bacon
  • Maple syrup


1. So the method for these scrumptious scotch pancakes is basically the same as the basic scotch pancake recipe, it just changes depending on how many people are having some!

2. Follow the same process and mix the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients until you have your batter.

3. Heat up your pan and add some vegetable oil and add a couple of tablespoons of batter to the pan to start cooking your scotch pancakes.

4. Wait for the bubbles to appear and then you can flip the fun part!

5. Keep your scotch pancakes warm wrapped in some foil whilst you fry up some smoked streaky bacon.

6. Plate up your pancakes with the bacon on the side, and drizzle in maple syrup!

5. Scrambled Eggs & Scotch Pancakes

scrambled egg scotch pancake

The best thing about scotch pancakes is the fact that you can have them sweet or savoury, and this particular recipe is fab for brekkie!


  • 225g self-raising flour
  • 25g caster sugar
  • 40g butter, melted
  • 3 mediums egg
  • 2 tsp vegetable oil
  • 250ml milk
  • 2 tsp vegetable oil
  • A splash of milk


1. Make your scotch pancakes as previously mentioned, by mixing the dry ingredients together and making a well in the centre for the wet ingredients!

2. Once you’ve heated up your pan, fried the scotch pancakes and done your flipping, keep them warm in some foil whilst you make the scrambled eggs.

3. Grab yourself another small frying pan and make your scrambled egg mix in a jug.

4. To make the scrambled eggs, crack two eggs into the jug, a splash of milk and some salt & pepper to taste.

5. Put a large knob of butter in the small frying pan and fry your scrambled eggs so they’re nice and creamy.

6. Get your pancakes and put your scrambled eggs on top and you’re sorted!

6. Lemon & Raisin Scotch Pancakes

scotch pancake recipe lemon & raisin

This scotch pancake recipe is great for those with a sweet tooth, let’s take a look at how you make them!


  • 100g plain flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp caster sugar
  • 1 egg (separated)
  • 150ml semi-skimmed milk
  • 25g butter
  • Zest of 1 small lemon
  • Handful of raisins


1. Sift your flour, baking powder and caster sugar into a large bowl.

2. Make a well in the centre and stir in the egg yolk, milk, lemon zest and melted butter with a wooden spoon.

3. Whisk your egg white and quickly fold it into the mixture.

4. Heat and grease your pan ladle your batter in carefully (around 3cm of batter.)

5. Next, sprinkle a few raisins/current into the wet batter, wait until it bubbles and flip!

And there you have it! Our 6 best recipes for scotch pancakes for students in Glasgow, or anyone for that matter! Scotch pancakes are a delicious treat, perfect for indulging on Pancake Day 2021. What was your favourite scotch pancake recipe? Let us know in the comments below!

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