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Perfect pikelets: You’re just 4 ingredients away from morning tea

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Perfect pikelets: You’re just 4 ingredients away from morning tea

Pop quiz. What’s a pikelet?

Is it:

1. a regional type of crumpet
2. a type of pancake found in Australia and New Zealand
3. stage name of Australian musician Evelyn Morris
4. a North Staffordshire delicacy. A thicker form of oatcake with raisins added
5. all of the above

Well, it’s all of the above, but today it’s number 2. It’s a smaller type of pancake. It’s also one of the easiest and cheapest snacks to make. When I was nannying it was my easy afternoon tea for the kids. We always had flour, sugar, milk and eggs… so we always had a snack.

You can top them with whatever you like. I had cream so we had a treat of jam and cream {this was pre-baby, and now I’m just dreaming of cream… drool!}. Hubby likes just butter. You could put nutella, ricotta, fruit… anything.


1 cup of self-raising flour
1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
3/4 cup milk
1 egg


♥ Combine all ingredients in a bowl, and mix with a whisk to remove any lumps.
♥ Heat a non-stick frying pan over a medium heat, and add a little butter to the pan to coat. Drop spoonfuls of mixture into the pan. I do about 3/4 of a ladel, but you can do smaller or bigger.
♥ Cook until bubbles form on the surface, and then flip over. Cook for another minute until cooked through.
♥ Serve warm.

Have you been acquainted with pikelets before? If so, what do you like on yours?

  • Mads

    I love pikelets! Such a beautiful childhood memory …

  • Little Munch

    Pikelets are our afternoon tea treat almost every second day! So quick and easy. We have ours with lemon curd – so yum.

  • Ananda jean

    I just made these, yum yum!!!! Thanks!!!

  • Pikelets! My mum made these as afternoon tea every fortnight or so, growing up. We had jam and cream (I’m with you on the cream – I’m also dairy free for my bub!) or lemon and sugar. Mmmm. Maybe I’ll try jam and co-yo this time. You’ve inspired me to make pikelets this arvo, thanks! x

  • Bec

    My mum never put eggs in her pikelets when we were growing up, it really was the ultimate empty-pantry food. It wasn’t until recently that I realised that most pikelet recipes do use eggs. They are fantastic made with a finely mashed banana or some blueberries stirred through the batter.

    • Sonia

      I don’t use egg in my recipe, I always though that was the main difference between pikelets and pancakes (other than the size).

  • YUM! I might make the kids an early dinner and then have these for my own dinner, ha!

  • Tiia

    I’ll definately be trying these next weekend for breakfast! I imagine they’d also be good with salty toppings, such as fish roe, chopped onions and a little smetana (like you have with blinis, but this recipe is just SO much easier) or some cold smoked salmon and cream cheese. YUM!!

  • Lisa Mckenzie

    I adore Pikelets they are my go to when I feel like something yum to eat!

  • BronaDragonfly

    It’s nice to be reminded of the simple pleasures sometimes – thanks 🙂

  • Ninie Pouce

    I always ate pikelets at breakfast when I was living in Sydney 3 years ago.

  • helen

    I have been wanting a good simple recipe so I don’t have to buy pancake mix (worries me what is in there). I think I will try with wholemeal flour for breakfasts. I love to cook with thin slices of banana or blueberries in them, then just eat with a bit of butter or margarine. Maple syrup if I have a sweet tooth that day.
    Thanks for sharing!

  • Anne

    I always seem to burn my pikelets, I will have to try and made them again!

    • shona wiffen

      I have been using sandwich press for pikelets !!!!! Best and easiest way to cook them ??

  • Sally

    My grandma was famous for her pineapple picklets, she always seemed to have a fresh batch made for visitors when they dropped in, especially on a Sunday. Basically they were the same as yours with crushed pineapple added to the batter. Yummy!

  • Sonia

    I don’t put a egg in mine (mum’s recipe), and use sour milk instead. Sour milk is simply regular milk with a good splash of vinegar added (I use brown).