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American Jack-o-lantern Pancakes

Updated: Mar 22, 2022

By Hope Miller

Photo courtesy of StockSnap on Pixabay

In America, we have a saying: life, liberty, and the pursuit of pancakes. When I found out about the lack of American-style pancakes in Scotland, I knew I had a duty to share this recipe. This is my mum's go-to recipe and it's been perfected over the years since she's a big believer in “why buy it when you can bake it?".

I love Halloween so it seemed natural enough to add some spookiness to this family recipe. This is the perfect recipe to serve to your flatmates on Halloween Sunday after partying all night on Saturday. The secret to having fluffy pancakes is not over mixing which separating the dry and wet ingredients ensures. It's okay if there are still lumps in your batter, they will cookout. It's extremely important that you separate the egg and beat the egg white until it's frothy, that's what's really going to add to the fluff. For carving, you're going to need to be patient. If one of your flatmates is studying medicine, this may be a good time to call them, it's basically surgery. This is a pretty basic pancake recipe so it can be modified pretty easily, add sprinkles or chocolate chips or even orange food dye to make it really spooky.

Makes 3 fluffy, 5 thin


  • 1 egg

  • 128 g (8 oz) of flour

  • 177 ml (6fl oz) of milk

  • 1 tbsp of granulated sugar

  • 2 tbsp of vegetable oil

  • 3 tsp of baking powder

  • Pinch teaspoon salt

  • A bit of butter


Separate the egg into whites and yolk. Keep both.

Beat the egg whites in a medium bowl until frothy.

Add in milk, vegetable oil, and yolk.

Add in dry ingredients and mix, but do not over mix.

Heat a skillet over medium heat and grease the pan with the butter.

Test by adding a few drops of water, if they skitter, it's ready.

Add an ounce of batter to the pan.

Cook until puffed up and dry around the edges.

Turn and cook until golden brown.

Take off heat and place it onto the cutting board.

Carve out a spooky pumpkin face in the pancakes.

Serve and enjoy!


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