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Lemon and Sultana Scotch Pancakes


Recipe Name:  Lemon and Sultana Scotch Pancakes on the Aga Range Cooker


Meal Type: Breakfast, Dessert
Prep Time: 40 Minutes

Cook time: 15 Minutes

Servings: Approx. 20 small pancakes

Scotch pancakes or drop scones are a nostalgic treat. They are so quick and easy to make - no need for a griddle or frying pan as you can cook them directly on the simmering plate.

These are flavoured with lemon and sultanas but they are delicious plain too, adorned simply with a slathering of salted butter.  Chocolate chips, blueberries or apple and cinnamon are good variations too. Makes approx. 20 small pancakes.


  • 125g plain flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 tbsp. caster sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 150 ml. milk
  • finely grated zest of 1 small lemon
  • handful of sultanas or raisins
  • vegetable (or other flavourless) oil
  • salted butter, to serve
  • Method:

    1. Sieve the flour and baking powder into a large mixing bowl. Add the sugar and lemon zest and mix gently. Make a well in the centre
    2. Add the egg and, using a whisk, draw in the flour to create a thick paste. Add the milk a little at a time, whisking as you go, until you have a smooth batter. Set aside to rest for 30 minutes if you have time.
    3. Lightly grease the simmering plate using kitchen paper dipped in a little flavourless oil. Pour or spoon a generous tablespoon of batter onto the simmering plate – it will spread to form a circle. Sprinkle over a few sultanas. When bubbles start to appear on the surface, slide a palate knife underneath and flip over to cook the other side. When the pancake is golden brown – remove and keep warm. Continue with the remaining batter – you can fit approximately six pancakes on the simmering plate at a time. By the time you’ve poured the sixth pancake, the first will likely be ready to flip!
    4. Serve pancakes warm, spread with a little salted butter.

    Tips for use with Aga range cookers...

    • If your simmering plate is very hot, open the lid for a while before starting to cook. If you have an 'eCook' cooker installed or converted by Blake & Bull the use setting 4 on either hot plate! 
    • For 'mess free' pancakes use a non-stick simmering spot cover on the hob rather than cooking directly on it!
    • Keep a plate warm on top of the boiling plate lid (sitting on a hob cover or tea towel to avoid scratches) – when pancakes are cooked, move them to this plate to keep warm whilst you make the rest.
    • If you need to make the pancakes in advance, you can warm them up on the simmering plate too. Use a silicone baking sheet, place the pancakes on top and close the lid for a minute. Almost as good as freshly cooked!