Lace Pancakes Recipe | Great British Baking Show | PBS Food

All you need is a squeeze bottle and a steady hand to make your pancakes extra pretty. This lace pancakes recipe is featured in Season 4, Episode 4.

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  • 175g (6oz) plain flour
  • 1 large free-range egg
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 300ml (10fl oz) milk
  • 25g (1oz) unsalted butter, melted


  1. Sift the flour into a large bowl and make a well in the middle. In a separate bowl or jug, whisk together the egg, egg yolk and a few tablespoons of the milk, then pour into the well.
  2. Whisk gently, gradually whisking in half of the remaining milk, drawing in the rest of the flour a little at a time, to make a smooth batter. Stir in the remaining milk. Cover and leave to stand for about 15 minutes. Pour the batter into a plastic squeeze bottle.
  3. Heat a frying pan over a medium heat and brush with a little melted butter. Tilt the squeeze bottle and draw a freehand lace heart pattern in the pan using the batter.
  4. Cook the pancake over a medium-high heat for 45-60 seconds until small holes appear on the surface and the underside is lightly browned. Loosen the pancake and turn it over by flipping it with a palette knife or fish slice.
  5. Cook the other side for about 30 seconds until golden-brown. Slide the pancake out of the pan.
  6. Lightly grease the pan again before making the next pancake. Serve the pancakes as they are made, or stack them on a plate and reheat before serving. (If the pancakes are hot when you stack them they will not stick together; there is no need to interleave them with greaseproof paper.)


Adding a tablespoon of caster sugar to the batter will help the pancakes to brown more quickly. Note: This recipe contains U.K. measurements and may require conversions to U.S. measurements. It has also not been professionally tested.
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