Scotch Pancakes - Drop Scones

An authentic Scottish recipe from


- 8 oz plain flour
- salt
- level teaspoon cream of tartar
- level teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
- 5 teaspoons caster sugar
- standard egg
- quarter pint of milk


  • Heat a heavy frying pan or girdle and grease/oil lightly.
  • Sift together the flour, salt, cream of tartar, bicarbonate of soda and caster sugar.
  • Make a well and add the egg and some of the milk.
  • Mix the flour into the egg and milk, gradually adding more milk, till you have a thick batter.
  • Drop a small splash of batter on the greased pan - bubbles will rise in a few seconds if it is hot enough.
  • Drop on enough mixture to make individual small pancakes / scones.
  • When the underside is brown and bubbles break on the top, turn the pancakes and cook the other sides.
  • You will need to regrease the pan as it dries.
Serve warm with butter plus jam, jelly, honey.
Try buttering them and sprinkling brown sugar (with or without lemon / lime).
Find a new way to make a Scotch Pancake go zing !
(Did someone say chocolate sauce :-)

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