How to make raspberry pikelets – an easy recipe

14 Sep


Pikelets, as Miss7 informed me, as just smaller versions of pancakes. I disagree – pikelets are the chubbier, cuter, more rustic cousins to their elegant pancakey counterparts.

Pikelets always vanish in no time in the Hungry Mum house and these beauties, taken from the user-friendly cookbook After Toast by Kate Gibbs, were no exception.


Misses5&7 positively inhaled them for afternoon tea on the day I made them, and I put a few more in their lunchboxes for the next day. The huge amount of leftovers were put aside in a Tupperware. It emerged that the Hungry Dad ate the lot for breakfast the next day.

These are lovely and fluffy and are bound to be a hit with your clan, too.

The recipe calls for buttermilk, which I didn’t have, so I tried Ms Gibbs’ trick of making your own by adding 1 tablespoon of lemon juice to one cup of milk and setting aside for 10 minutes. Et voila! It worked! Happy days.



1 cup self-raising flour

pinch best quality sea salt

1 ½ tablespoon caster sugar

¼ teaspoon bicarb soda

1 egg

1 cup of buttermilk

½ cup frozen raspberries

40g melted butter, plus extra for greasing the pan



Sift flour, salt, sugar and bicarb soda into large bowl.

Mix egg with buttermilk in a jug and tip into flour bowl. Mix gently, incorporating all the flour, then add raspberries. Don’t over-mix – the batter should have lumps.

Place extra butter into large frying pan and using a ladle put large dollops into pan.

Cook until bubbles start to form [about 3 minutes] then flip over and cook on other side until lightly golden.

Place cooked pikelets on plate and continue cooking the rest of the batter.

Serve with extra berries and cream, or eat as is.



43 Responses to “How to make raspberry pikelets – an easy recipe”

  1. rubytheblacklabrador September 14, 2013 at 6:39 am #

    we call these scotch pancakes – don’t know why and have them with slices of bananas pushed onto the top (which caramel nicely) or blueberries. Just bought some raspberries today though!

  2. thehungrymum September 14, 2013 at 6:46 am #

    Oooh, those ‘nanas on top wold be ace! Yum 🙂

  3. vegeTARAian September 14, 2013 at 11:53 am #

    Oh yumyum, these look delish! Fat pikelets are the best 😉

  4. quilt32 September 14, 2013 at 12:20 pm #

    I love that you put the leftovers in a Tupperware and Dad finished them off the next day.

  5. lemongrovecakediaries September 14, 2013 at 12:40 pm #

    I love pikelets, my mum always made them slathered in strawberry jam and cream – yum! Great tip on turning milk into buttermilk, I never have any buttermilk when I need it so I will definitely be trying this.

  6. forkandbowl September 14, 2013 at 12:52 pm #

    Yum, yum, yum! When I was growning up, my mum would make pikelets as a special treat, but I have never tried adding extra fruit to them. Thanks for the inspiration!

    • thehungrymum December 8, 2013 at 5:42 am #

      They quite the nostalgic treat! I could go a few right now…

  7. craftysorcha September 14, 2013 at 12:55 pm #

    I have never heard of pikelets but I do like the sound of them! I think I’ll make a some soon.

    • thehungrymum December 9, 2013 at 10:23 am #

      Must be a UK thing that Australians adopted 🙂 Hope you do make them, they are lovely.

  8. girlinafoodfrenzy September 14, 2013 at 1:05 pm #

    Raspberry pikelets are the exact sort of thing I enjoyed as a kid, so it’s pretty cool that your little misses do too! Butter, berries & sugar are definitely a winner of a combo 🙂

    • thehungrymum December 9, 2013 at 10:25 am #

      They are the best of everything – sweet, portable and filling 🙂 I should make these agin, now that I think of it…

  9. Jen Minkowitz September 14, 2013 at 1:37 pm #

    great idea! i just bought frozen berries, which are surprisingly awesome to have handy in the kitchen 🙂 I’ve also down the lemon milk thing before because who really carries buttermilk unless they know they’re baking with it

  10. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef September 14, 2013 at 2:20 pm #

    The first time I had a pikelet I thought I was getting a pancake but they ARE different. They’re more sturdy but that’s probably not a proper description. 🙂

  11. tastytreats13 September 14, 2013 at 9:11 pm #

    Yum! Looks very very great!

  12. Shema | LifeScoops September 15, 2013 at 3:56 am #

    I dint know that mini pancakes were called pikelets… these look scrumptious… Thanks for stopping by my blog

  13. andmorefood September 15, 2013 at 12:42 pm #

    these look beautiful! I love pancakes and pikelets 😀

    • thehungrymum September 16, 2013 at 10:40 am #

      Thanks! YOu’re in good company – pikelets rock 🙂

  14. Liz September 16, 2013 at 4:25 am #

    pure. brilliance. 🙂 Love the polka dots. Nice job on the photos. And the pikelets. New favorite word!

    • thehungrymum September 16, 2013 at 10:40 am #

      Awww, thanks for all the love! These are yummy little beauties, no matter what you call them 🙂

  15. chocolatesuze September 16, 2013 at 6:41 am #

    i had no idea about that buttermilk trick! will definitely give this ago with my raspberry stash in the freezer!

    • thehungrymum September 16, 2013 at 10:39 am #

      How easy, eh?! And I’ll never buy the real stuff again 🙂

    • lifeisanadventure September 18, 2013 at 6:31 pm #

      I think you can also use vinegar. you just need the acidity to mix with the bicarb to produce the bubbles and therefore fluffiness

      • thehungrymum September 19, 2013 at 2:58 am #

        You’re right! Is a nifty little trick 🙂

  16. crystalandbosco September 16, 2013 at 7:32 pm #

    These look amazing I’ve got to try them! Your daughters are so lucky to have such a great mom!!

  17. gottagetbaked September 17, 2013 at 3:15 am #

    Mmmmm…I love pancakes so I’d be all over these fluffy little beauties! These look fantastic!

    • thehungrymum September 17, 2013 at 11:01 am #

      Fluffy is such a fab description! They are pretty yum 🙂

  18. Cass @foodmyfriend September 20, 2013 at 6:49 am #

    I loved pikelets when I was a kid. I am sure I would love them as an adult too 😛

    • thehungrymum September 20, 2013 at 10:41 am #

      Yes – time to revisit this childhood treat 🙂

  19. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella September 20, 2013 at 3:02 pm #

    I prefer pikelets to pancakes-I’m not sure why but it’s their portability and their snack size too 😀

    • thehungrymum September 21, 2013 at 4:33 am #

      Portability! Yes, anything you can eat on the run is a good thing indeed 🙂

  20. catherinecuisine September 21, 2013 at 3:26 am #

    Nice recipe! My mom showed me the “faux buttermilk” trick (adding lemon juice to milk)… and I always do that, instead of having to buy a whole liter of buttermilk!

    • thehungrymum September 21, 2013 at 4:33 am #

      Isn’t it easy & convenient? So handy 🙂

  21. Allie September 24, 2013 at 8:53 pm #

    I’ve never heard of pikelets before! But they look pretty much like what I’ve known to be called “Silver Dollar Pancakes.” I think I like pikelets better though! So cute and I love the addition of raspberries. 😉

    • thehungrymum November 25, 2013 at 5:03 am #

      I’m guessing that pikelet is a British word! Yes, they would be similar to the American silver dollar pancakes. I like little things- means you can eat more of them 🙂

  22. The Smart Cookie Cook September 27, 2013 at 2:46 am #

    I’ve never heard of a pikelet before; clearly I’ve been missing out! They look delectable, and I’d easily devour a dozen of them.

  23. Sophie33 September 29, 2013 at 1:18 pm #

    MMMMMMM,… I have made them now already a few times & loved them so much, each time! Yummmm! 🙂

  24. Choc Chip Uru September 30, 2013 at 4:46 am #

    Smaller and cuter, these pikelets look delicious 😀


  25. chocolatepeanutbutterohmy November 8, 2013 at 12:13 am #

    I really love this recipe, they make me hungry! I reminisce as my Granny would bring us warm pikelets and a cup of tea or milo when we would stay at her house 🙂

    • thehungrymum November 8, 2013 at 7:30 am #

      Milo & pikelets – oh, yes! Perfect combo 🙂

  26. deliciouslynell December 18, 2013 at 1:43 am #

    Yum! Those look delicious!

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