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How to make perfect pancakes

Learn a simple recipe for making delicious pancakes with British chef Jamie Oliver. 

Do the preparation task first. Then watch the video and do the exercise. Remember you can read the transcript at any time.



Language level

Upper intermediate: B2


I'm wondring if pancakes and crapes are similar but different...??

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Hi Rafaela1

There are different varieties of pancakes and yes, some are quite similar to crepes. The ones that are common in the US, which are more or less like the ones in this video, are fluffier than others that many British people make. Did you know that there is a Pancake Day in the UK? If you follow the link, you can read about the pancakes people make on that day -- these ones are very similar to crepes.

All the best


The LearnEnglish Team

I think he's referring to the last phrase being used in this lesson," if you want more inspiration hit the I".

Yes, this is a simple but delicious recipe for non-cooking people. I barely cook, but watching on the video I can cook myself. The video was good enough to motivate watchers.
In our country we do not grow wheat flour, then the wheat flour needs to be imported. Alternatively, we use rice flour. And, maybe a recipe for a poor country has a little change. We use water instead of milk and lots of cooking oil instead of a lightly rubbing butter. A 'poor' batter now is including: one mug of water, one mug of rice flour, and some eggs. Anyway, you should be noticed a little difference here that we use the little water, so we can figure the batter and put something inside each cake.
Whisk them up with a pinch of sea salt in a big bowl.
Pour enough of cooking oil into a pan, which helps not only the batter unsticky to the pan but also cook the cake at the same time without flipping. Heat the pan to a high temperature, then put the batter in.
Wait for a minute when the batter is cooked to a point marked by their yellow color. Don't need to count, just pick them out, and eat when they cool down.

Hi admins, will you tell me what "Hit the eyes!" means??

Hello Rafaela1

I'm sorry, I'm not familiar with that phrase. You can 'hit someone in the eyes', or perhaps 'between the eyes', but 'hit the eyes' is not something I've read or heard in common usage. I suppose it could mean the same thing -- or, more likely, something metaphorical, but I'm not sure what.

All the best


The LearnEnglish Team

Making pancakes is a big headache for me because every single time something goes wrong. I eather put too much butter, or pour too much of a mixture in a pan, so the pancake turns out too thick. I don't really put anything in pancakes because I don't make them.

Hi! Your comment made me a bit giggle... but is bringing up a good point.
Although Jamie shows us making a pancake seems to be a piece of cake, he doesn't tell us the quantity of the food in a recipe, which is the threshold of a success. If we follow a recipe, making a pancake will be as easy as pie! Fingers crossed for your next challenge!

I mostly make potato pancake. It was wired because it was the first time I make pancake.
First , I boiled the potatoes and mash them.
Then , I mixed those mashed potatoes with a glass of milk two table spoon of sugar and a bowl of flour.
My big mistake is that I poured three table spoon oil into the pan.
My pancake was so oily. Since that day, I don't make any pancake at all.