Darina Allen’s Pancake Batter Ballymaloe Cookery Course Book

Darina Allen’s Pancake Batter Ballymaloe Cookery Course Book

Darina Allen’s Pancake Batter Ballymaloe Cookery Course Book


byBy Darina Allen

of founder of Ballymaloe Cookery School

A simple, foolproof pancake batter recipe by Darina Allen. The batter is ready in less than 15 minutes and it will serve you 12 fluffy pancakes.
Prep Time

15 Minutes

Cooking Time

15 Minutes


A Party


Serves 12 pancakes

  • 175 g white flour
  • Good pinch of Achill Sea Island Salt
  • 2 large eggs and 2 egg yolks
  • 200 ml water
  • 225 ml milk (you could use 425 ml milk instead of adding water)
  • 6-8 teaspoons melted butter



Place the flour in a bowl and add in the salt. Lightly beat the eggs in a separate bowl with the egg yolks.


Mix the milk and water together in a jug. Make a well in the centre of the flour and pour in the beaten eggs.


Using a whisk begin to draw in the flour from the edges. Gradually begin to add the milk/water a bit at a time continuing to whisk until a smooth batter is formed.


When you have whisked the batter enough, bubbles should be forming on the top of the batter. Place the batter in the fridge for at least 30 minutes to an hour.


When you are ready to begin cooking, heat a non-stick frying pan over high heat on the hob. Melt the butter and stir it into the batter.


Lift the pan off the heat and use a ladle to pour a thin layer of batter onto the pan swirling the pan so that the batter spreads out.


Place the pan back on the heat and cook until the edges are starting to crisp up and little bubbly air marks appear in the batter. Use a spatula to turn the pancake over and the second side will cook even faster so be vigilant. You can stack the pancakes one on top of another on a plate as you cook them and they will peel apart easily later.


Tip from Darina Allen is invaluable:


Add 6-8 teaspoons of melted butter to the batter just before you cook the pancakes. This means that you do not need to oil or butter the pan in between making pancakes and speeds up the whole process.


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