Vegan English Pancakes

These Shrove Tuesday pancakes are quick and easy to make and can be served with a wide variety of tasty toppings.

Preparation time: 10 minutesCooking time: 10 minutes
Serves: 6 pancakesDifficulty: Easy


For the pancakes:

  • 110g/4oz/1 cup of plain flour
  • 2 tablespoons of ground flaxseed
  • 300ml/3 dl/½ pint/just over a cup of milk
  • A pinch of salt
  • A tablespoon of plant based margarine

For toppings:

  • Granulated sugar (optional)
  • Lemon juice (optional)
  • Vegan butter (optional)
  • Vegan ice cream (optional)
  • Vegan whipped cream (optional)
  • Vegan chocolate spread (optional)
  • Blueberries (optional)
  • Jam (optional)

Special Equipment

  • A large mixing bowl
  • An electric whisk
  • A sieve
  • A frying pan
  • A spatula


  1. Mix the ground flaxseed with 6 tablespoons of water. Stir together thoroughly and set aside.
  2. Add the margarine to a non stick frying pan. Pop it on the hob over a medium heat.
  3. Meanwhile, sieve the flour into a mixing bowl. Use the electric whisk to whisk in the milk, flaxseed mixture and salt. Make sure the mixture is well combined and that there aren’t any lumps.
  4. Shake the melted margarine around the pan so there is an even coverage. Pour a sixth of the pancake mixture into the pan, and tilt the pan to spread it around.
  5. Allow the pancake to cook for about two minutes, then slide a spatula underneath it and ensure it’s lightly browned underneath. Ensure the pancake is dislodged with the spatula, and use the spatula to flip it over.
  6. Cook the over side of the pancake for a further minute.
  7. Flip the pancake onto a plate. Turn the oven on, onto a very low heat, and store the finished pancakes inside it to keep them warm while you cook the rest.
  8. Pour another sixth of the pancake mixture into the frying pan, tilt the pan to spread it. Repeat the cooking process until you have six pancakes.
  9. Serve the pancakes immediately, with lemon juice and sugar, ice cream, whipped cream, chocolate spread, or any combination of the above!
  10. Bon Appetit!


  • If the pancakes brown too quickly or burn while cooking, turn the hob down slightly. Alternatively if they aren’t cooking quickly enough raise the temperature a bit.
  • If the pancakes seem to be sticking to the pan a little too much, try whisking a little extra flour into the pancake mixture.


Home: England
Relatives: Crêpes (France), American Pancakes (U.S.), Palatschinke (Austria), Pfannkuchen (Germany)

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