Lemon & Raisin Scotch Pancakes

American Style Pancakes, Canadian Pancakes, small pancakes, griddle pancakes

My favourite shop bought pancakes are fluffy lemon & raisin ones so I thought I’d set about making my own for Pancake Day aka Shrove Tuesday which is next Tuesday 4th March. It’s the day before Ash Wednesday which is the 1st day of lent – traditionally a time for fasting and penance in the Christian calendar. So the idea is to use up all your rich foods like eggs, butter and flour in a feast of pancakes before the start of lent!

American Style Pancakes, Canadian Pancakes, small pancakes, griddle pancakes

The good thing about these pancakes is that if there’s someone in your family (eg my daughter) who doesn’t like dried fruit then you can just omit it for their portion. These pancakes didn’t last long in our house and my daughter had almost eaten hers before I’d got them to the table; but then show me a kid who doesn’t like pancakes! We had these pancakes with some delicious home-made Lemon Curd which I shall be posting very soon!

American Style Pancakes, Canadian Pancakes, small pancakes, griddle pancakes

Oxo Goodgrips £8To help with my pancake making I was sent 2 very useful items from Oxo to help me. The first was the Oxo Goodgrips Batter Dispenser (£8) which I found very useful for dispensing just the right amount of batter onto the griddle, it also had a handy base to rest on. The only downside was that some of my fluffy pancake mixture stayed adhered to the inside of the dispenser. The second was the Oxo Goodgrips Flip and Fold Omelette Turner (£8) which was also great for flipping my pancakes on my non-stick griddle. It has a silicone rounded head which is heat resistant up to 315°C and is dishwasher safe.

As this recipe is so frugal I am entering it into Credit Crunch Munch which I run with Helen of Fuss Free Flavours and is hosted this month by Angela of My Golden Pear. I am also entering it into Javelin Warrior’s Made with Love Mondays challenge as these pancakes are totally made from scratch. The Four Seasons Food Challenge theme this month is Food from the Heart and is hosted this month by Anneli and alternately with Louisa of Eat Your Veg, I think these pancakes fit that theme perfectly. I’m entering Ren Behan’s Simple and in Season event as a small bird told me that lemons are in season right now! And finally I’m submnitting my pancakes to Sarah of Maison Cupcake’s challenge Dead Easy Desserts as these pancakes are so versatile!

Credit Crunch MunchMade with Love Mondays


Four Seasons winterSimple & in SeasonDead Easy Desserts


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Lemon & Raisin Scotch Pancakes
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Scotch Pancakes or Griddle Pancakes are delicious hot or cold for tea time snack or stacked up for a comforting dessert with your favourite topping.
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: British
Serves: 4
  • 100g Plain Flour
  • 2 tsp Baking powder
  • 1 tbsp Caster sugar
  • 1 Egg, separated
  • 150 mls Semi-skimmed milk
  • 25g Butter
  • Grated zest of 1 small lemon
  • Handful of raisins or currants
  1. Sift the flour, baking powder and caster sugar into a large bowl.
  2. Make a well in the centre and quickly stir in the egg yolk, milk, lemon zest and melted butter with a wooden spoon.
  3. Whisk the egg white until it forms stiff peaks and quickly fold into the mixture.
  4. Heat and lightly grease a griddle pan (or frying pan if you don’t have one).
  5. The pan is the right temperature when a drop of water splutters on the surface.
  6. Using a small ladle or batter dispenser drop enough batter onto the griddle to form pancakes of about 7cm (3 in) in size.
  7. Sprinkle a few raisins/currants onto the wet batter. Making 3 at a time works well.
  8. Cook until bubbles form on the surface and they look slightly dry, turn and cook the other side until golden brown.
  9. When cooked, either serve immediately, keep warm on a plate covered with foil over a pan of simmering water or serve cold.
  10. Top with butter, jam, honey, syrup or lemon curd.
  11. Should make 12 pancakes depending on size.


American Style Pancakes, Canadian Pancakes, small pancakes, griddle pancakes

Home made lemon curd really hits the spot!

Disclaimer: Thank you to Oxo for the Batter Dispenser and Omelette Turner, I was not paid for this post and all opinions are my own.

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  1. Jacqueline Roberts

    They are my favourite pancake too, I buy mine from Co-op. Might have to try that Lemon curd mind.

    1. Camilla

      Oh do, it’s so good:-)

  2. Kat Allinson

    I am going to have to try these at the weekend they look delicious!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Kat – enjoy:-)

  3. tiggerific1973

    These are my all time favourite! I will try these at weekend 🙂

    1. Camilla

      Oh yes, they’re really yummy:-)

  4. hannah walker

    Looks delicious will be trying these pancakes soon.

    1. Camilla

      Well pancake day must be around the corner now:-)

  5. Maya Russell

    I have some raisins & dried cranberries to use up – hope to make these.

    1. Camilla

      Fab, enjoy:-)

  6. Ursula Hunt

    Love these pancakes make a great sunday brunch

  7. Ann Robinson

    I’ve made scotch pancake before but not with lemon or raison, normally my family are eating them as soon as they come out of the pan/griddle

    1. Camilla

      I know that feeling LOL:-)

  8. Anne Dalzell

    I am embarrassed to announce that in all my years i’ve never had lemon curd or pancakes or anywhere else for that matter!!! This is something i will have to remedy

    1. Camilla

      Oh dear, well this is definitely something you need to remedy right away! I’d start by making my Granny’s Quick Lemon Curd!:-)

  9. William Gould

    I love the shop bought lemon and raisin ones, never though to make them myself!

    1. Camilla

      And nor had I until then:-)

  10. Paul Wilson

    I should make some of these in honour of the games.

  11. bev

    Always wondered how to make these – now I know! Thanks!

  12. Felicity Kelly

    I adore these, will give it a go!!!

  13. Carolyn Clapham

    I made these today and they went down a treat. When I make them again I will have to increase the quantities though, as the little people ate more than their share, hardly leaving any for me. 🙂

    1. Camilla

      Super – yes it’s amazing how many pancakes little (and big) people can eat. Glad you all enjoyed them:-)

  14. Carolyn Clapham

    I’ve never made Scotch pancakes, but you make it sound so easy! Next time the little people are here for breakfast we’ll make these 🙂

    1. Camilla


  15. Ursula Hunt

    very mouthwatering photos

    1. Camilla

      Thank you:-)

  16. Ursula Hunt

    Gorgeous with lemon curd

    1. Camilla

      Yes I really need to get round to posting it, just finished it on a microwave steamed pudding last night:-)

  17. Paul Wilson

    I can almost smell them through the interweb.

  18. natz101

    I was just thinking of finding a recipe for these today – lovely!!!! 🙂

  19. Ursula Hunt

    Great recipe will be superb with lemon curd, you used to get lemon cheese but i haven’t seen that for a while

    1. Camilla

      Thanks, I’ve heard about fruit cheese but never tasted it!

  20. Ren Behan

    Lovely recipe Camilla, I’ve also wanted to make my own version of these pancakes – now I know how. I practically lived on these at Uni! Mentioned in the round-up today x

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Ren – they’re so simple, I don’t know why I never made them before:-)

  21. Victoria

    Ooh, I’ve never made Scotch pancakes before – it looks easier than I thought!

  22. Ursula Hunt

    These really remind me of my childhood when I spent summers on holiday at my Aunty and Uncles farm in the highlands, great days 🙂

    1. Camilla

      I love it when food brings back childhood memories:-)

  23. Karen

    FABULOUS combination of flavours Camilla and I think yours look MUCH better than the shop bought ones too! Karen

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Karen, just need some time now to post the Lemon Curd:-)

  24. Herbert Appleby

    I’ve only got a wok these days so was wondering how to make pancakes this year.. the penny just dropped, cheers!!

    1. Camilla

      There you go, always have to think outside the box:-)

  25. Anneli Faiers

    Seriously YUM. I love Scotch pancakes and your look fab. My kids would wolf a stack in seconds 🙂 Thanks for entering them in to Four Seasons Food xx

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Anneli, yes kids and pancakes are like hands and gloves:-)

  26. Tracy Nixon

    Happy Pancake Day! Tweeted!

  27. lorraine stone

    These look fantastic, a bit different. Loving the lemon curd too!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks, lemon really goes well with pancakes:-)

  28. Maya Russell

    These look lovely. I think I’ll add chopped dried apricots and maybe add a dollop of apricot jam.

    1. Camilla

      Excellent, I love apricot jam at breakfast time:-)

  29. Angela

    I’m loving that picture with the slice of butter and lemon curd. Just how I like my pancakes. Delicious.

    1. Camilla

      Aah thanks Angela, I shall be making these more often now, especially since I have griddle pan:-)

  30. Tracy Nixon

    Looks great!

    1. Camilla


  31. Paul Wilson

    Perhaps you could do an article on how the various kinds of pancakes differ.

  32. Vicky Cole

    This sounds delicious for a special breakfast

    1. Camilla

      Thank you, they are yummy:-)

  33. Heather Haigh

    I must make these for my daughte – she loves pancakes and I’m sure she would love these.

    1. Camilla

      I’m sure she would:-)

  34. Paul Wilson

    I like the idea of lemon zest in the batter.

  35. Javelin Warrior

    I have never added raisins to pancakes before, so I’m quite intrigued, Camilla! And I love the lemon curd – pancakes are always better with lemon if you ask me 🙂

    1. Camilla

      Oh Mark, you just have to try adding dried fruit now:-) (It was my first time too!)

  36. Janice

    Oh lovely, great combination.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Janice:-)

  37. Heather Cain

    sorry needed to add the 5 stars

    1. Camilla

      Aah, thanks sweetie:-)

  38. Heather Cain

    Oh this looks fabulous – I have to make it – and your good use of the oxo goodies they sound fab as its so difficult to get the right amount in the pan – someone always moans that they get the smallest pancake lol

    1. Camilla

      Thank you so much:-)

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