Healthy Scotch Pancakes

Updated on March 18, 2016
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A Healthier Recipe for Classic Scotch Pancakes, also known as Dropped Scones

Scotch pancakes, or dropped scones as they are often known, are similar to American pancakes, in that they are thick and spongy. However while in America pancakes tend to be a breakfast dish, in Scotland dropped scones are traditionally spread with butter and jam and eaten at teatime.

Scotch Pancakes are eaten at Teatime

In Scotland, particularly in workers’ families, dinner was traditionally eaten in the middle of the day, while teatime happened around five or six in the evening. It consisted of a light main course, such as eggs, macaroni cheese or a salad. After this came items such as scones (biscuits to Americans) and pancakes.

Few Scots eat this kind of meal nowadays. Nowadays if we eat pancakes it’s likely to be at breakfast as in America or at afternoon tea, which occurs sometime between 2 and 5 pm, as in England. This English custom began in the mid 19th century. During an era when people were more active than most of us are today, the meal filled the gap between the midday meal and evening meal . Afternoon tea used to be a formal affair for the upper classes, but then it waned in popularity for many years. Lately the custom has had a revival, with smart hotels serving dainty sandwiches and cakes on three-tier cake-stands, and ladies of the Church Women’s Guild serving home-bakes in church halls.

I hadn’t made pancakes since I was a teenager, so it was in a church hall that my children ate their first Scotch pancakes. They fell in love. Chocolate cake, fairy cakes and iced buns went unnoticed as the pancakes disappeared. The elderly serving ladies were delighted to see two tiny children with such good appetites!

And I soon relearned how to make pancakes.

Healthy Scotch Pancakes, made with a mold to create interesting shapes.
Healthy Scotch Pancakes, made with a mold to create interesting shapes. | Source

Healthier Pancakes

Scotch Pancakes are traditionally made pure white flour and refined sugar, but this recipe has a mix of half white-half wholegrain flour and muscovado sugar. The wholegrain flour adds fiber, and making the mixture half and half means it is still light. Muscovado sugar has more nutrients than refined sugar, containing calcium, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus and iron. It is also very tasty! Another possible substitute is agave syrup.

One of my daughters and her cousin made these pancakes, and they had some fun with them as you will see!

Healthy Scotch Pancakes Recipe (with instructions for adult and child to cook together)


  • 4 oz flour/ approx ¾ cup (either half white-half wholegrain as we did, or you could use unbleached white)
  • 1 tablespoon muscovado sugar or a tablespoon of agave syrup
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ pint of milk (you may need a little more or less depending on the flour you use, whole grain flour needs more than white)
  • Oil for frying


Kid’s jobs

1) Sieve the flour and baking powder into a bowl.

2) Add the sugar (if using.)

3) Make a well in the dry ingredients. (Kids love this part.)

4) Add the egg and most of the milk (and the agave syrup if using that.)

Kids enjoy dropping the egg into the well, and older kids will manage this on their own. Little ones will probably need some help - if you crack the egg into a cup your little one can tip if from there into the bowl.

How to make good pancakes

5) Mix all ingredients till no dry flour is visible and then beat the mixture until smooth. (The traditional way is with a wooden spoon, but you could do as we did and use electric beaters.)

The secret of how to make good pancakes is to get the consistency right. In the photo opposite the mixture is sticking to the beaters, so it is too thick.

The girls added more milk and the mixture now drops easily off a spoon.

This is the right consistency.

Adult’s job:

Now that the pancakes are the right consistency, it’s time to cook. Add a little oil to a frying pan, or spray lightly.

Children love to pour the batter onto the pan, and as long as you supervise them closely, they will be safe. Put the pan on a back burner to avoid any risk of the pan tipping over.

Adult and Child’s job

The girls decided they wanted their pancakes to be perfect circles so they oiled an egg ring and poured the batter into that.

If you don’t have an egg ring, you can still make the pancakes: just drop spoonfuls of mixture onto the pan. Each pancake will need one tablespoon of mixture.

Adult’s job:

When bubbles form on the top of the pancake it’s ready to turn.

Cook for a few moments until the second side is golden brown.

The girls' circular pancakes came out great, but they wanted more variety and so used metal cookie cutters to create different shaped pancakes.

Turning the cookie cutter pancakes was a bit of a challenge and required a spatula and a napkin!

However it’s possible to buy heart, star and flower shaped egg and pancake rings, which would make the job much easier. (For more details of shaped egg rings on Amazon see below.)

Use Molds for Different Shaped Pancakes

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Some Pancake Shapes the Girls Made

All photos by Melovy
All photos by Melovy

Questions & Answers


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      • Melovy profile imageAUTHOR

        Yvonne Spence 

        5 years ago from UK

        Glad you enjoyed the hub Charlie, and that it reminded you of home! Thanks for your comment.

      • charlie cheesman profile image

        charlie cheesman 

        5 years ago from England

        Great hub reminds me of home in Scotland back home after school and get one of these as with jam or bovril if warm. Aye Only one or spoil yer supper. Thanks

      • Melovy profile imageAUTHOR

        Yvonne Spence 

        6 years ago from UK

        Nifwiseirff, I can't take the credit, since my daughter and her cousin thought of it, but apparently it's quite common to do this, as I discovered when I looked on Amazon.

        Thanks for stopping by.

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        Kymberly Fergusson 

        6 years ago from Villingen Schwenningen, Germany

        Using cookie cutters as pancakes molds - I hadn't thought of that!

      • Melovy profile imageAUTHOR

        Yvonne Spence 

        7 years ago from UK

        Hi Rebecca, glad you enjoyed the preamble. I barely got to taste the pancakes they disappeared so fast, but yes they were tasty!

        Thanks for your comment.

      • rebeccamealey profile image

        Rebecca Mealey 

        7 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

        I enjoyed reading about the differences in food culture and meal times in Scotland. Your pancakes look delicious, too!

      • Melovy profile imageAUTHOR

        Yvonne Spence 

        7 years ago from UK

        Hi Steph,

        Glad you enjoyed the hub and I’m interested to see that you make pancakes for dinner since I thought they were mostly eaten at breakfast in the States. Have I got that wrong? Thanks for your kind comment.

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        Stephanie Hicks 

        7 years ago from Bend, Oregon

        Such a wonderful hub! I love making pancakes for dinner, and this recipe looks both delicious and fun to make with kids. Love all the cut-outs! Rated up - Best, Steph

      • Melovy profile imageAUTHOR

        Yvonne Spence 

        7 years ago from UK

        Thanks, fli8uk.

      • Melovy profile imageAUTHOR

        Yvonne Spence 

        7 years ago from UK

        Hi chspublish,

        Glad you enjoyed the hub. I like afternoon tea too - we’ll have to have a Hubpages tea party some time soon! Thanks for your comment.

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        7 years ago from Pakistan


      • Melovy profile imageAUTHOR

        Yvonne Spence 

        7 years ago from UK

        Hi Horatio Plot,

        Thank you so much for your very kind comment. Hope you enjoy the pancakes! Do let me know how it goes.

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        Horatio Plot 

        7 years ago from Bedfordshire, England.

        What a great hub. Talk about good use of photos. That first picture made me want a pancake so much. If only more Hubbers would take the time to create such informative content. Right, I'm off to make Drop Scones...

      • chspublish profile image


        7 years ago from Ireland

        Love the ideas here and yes, bring back Afternoon Tea, if to just eat your delicious 'dropped scones.' Great!

      • Melovy profile imageAUTHOR

        Yvonne Spence 

        7 years ago from UK

        Hi Sueswan,

        Thanks for you comment and vote up.

      • Melovy profile imageAUTHOR

        Yvonne Spence 

        7 years ago from UK

        Hi Deborah,

        Glad you like the recipe, and thanks for sharing it!

      • Melovy profile imageAUTHOR

        Yvonne Spence 

        7 years ago from UK

        Hi homesteadbound,

        I’m not sure why these are called dropped scones. I’d say they are more like American pancakes than scones, though the ingredients are similar to scones. We do have something called griddle scones in Scotland that my mother used to make and I loved, though I called them girdle scones as a kid! Now your comment has got me thinking I must try making them.

        Thanks for your comment.

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        7 years ago

        These pancakes look yummy. I have bookmarked this one.

        Voted up and awesome.

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        Deborah Brooks Langford 

        7 years ago from Brownsville,TX

        wow.. I love this.. this looks great.. I love pancakes and I have no doubt that I will love this. I am bookmarking this and sharing on Facebook.


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        Cindy Murdoch 

        7 years ago from Texas

        Great hub! I love scones, so if these taste like scones, they will be absolutely yummy. Can't wait to try them. I love the shapes you used to make them festive and fun! This looks like something the kids would really enjoy!

      • Melovy profile imageAUTHOR

        Yvonne Spence 

        7 years ago from UK

        Hi Fiddleman,

        Glad to hear you enjoyed it. Pity we can’t make virtual pancakes as tasty as the real thing. Hope you get some at your house, and thanks for your comment.

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        7 years ago

        Wow, your recipe and photo's sure made my mouth water. Great hub Thanks for sharing I am going to put in a request for some of these at my house!

      • Melovy profile imageAUTHOR

        Yvonne Spence 

        7 years ago from UK

        Hi Dr.Ope, Hope you get make some soon to satisfy those cravings! i hadn’t thought of using different shapes until my daughter wanted to, but there are plenty of moulds so it must be quite common. Thanks for your kind comment.

      • Melovy profile imageAUTHOR

        Yvonne Spence 

        7 years ago from UK

        Thanks Maddie.

      • Melovy profile imageAUTHOR

        Yvonne Spence 

        7 years ago from UK

        Rob Allen, thanks for your kind comment.

      • Melovy profile imageAUTHOR

        Yvonne Spence 

        7 years ago from UK

        Ardie, I’m afraid the ideas came from the kids themselves, so my genius status will have to be passed to them! I was surprised to discover how many different shapes the rings come in, will be ordering a few ourselves as the ring is far easier than with the cookie cutters! Glad you enjoyed this, and thanks for your comment!

      • Melovy profile imageAUTHOR

        Yvonne Spence 

        7 years ago from UK

        Thanks, Randomcreative.

      • Melovy profile imageAUTHOR

        Yvonne Spence 

        7 years ago from UK

        Hi Nare Anthony,

        White space is a challenge on cooking hubs, especially with step by step photos, but I think the advantages of the pictures outweigh the disadvantages of the spaces. Thank you for your kind comment about the pictures.

      • Melovy profile imageAUTHOR

        Yvonne Spence 

        7 years ago from UK

        Thanks Brian!

      • Melovy profile imageAUTHOR

        Yvonne Spence 

        7 years ago from UK

        Hi Simone, Glad you like them! We had fun cooking them that’s for sure. (And fun eating them.)

      • Melovy profile imageAUTHOR

        Yvonne Spence 

        7 years ago from UK

        Hi Stephanie,

        You are right, kids do indeed love pancakes. Glad you found this useful and thanks for your kind comment.

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        Olive Ellis 

        7 years ago

        Yum,Yum! I am craving for some just now! I never thought that they could be done using different shapes like cookies. Great idea! Thank you so much and continue sharing!

      • Maddie Ruud profile image

        Maddie Ruud 

        7 years ago from Oakland, CA

        I love the healthy twist on a classic!

      • rob_allen profile image


        7 years ago from MNL, PH

        Wow. what can I say? The molds are awesome! Kids will definitely like it. :) thanks for sharing! :)

      • Ardie profile image


        7 years ago from Neverland

        You. Are. Genius! I cannot wait to order some egg pancake rings and make these shaped pancakes with my kids. I especially like how you specified what the kids could do alone and what they need help with :)

      • randomcreative profile image

        Rose Clearfield 

        7 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

        The shapes are so cute! What a fun idea.

      • Nare Anthony profile image

        Nare Gevorgyan 

        7 years ago

        Ohh this is so cool! Cooking with kids is a real fun and the pancakes look awesome!!! But don't you think it would get a higher rank if you don't leave so much white space? Just a tip. The pictures are best, best, best :)

      • BRIAN SLATER profile image

        Brian Slater 

        7 years ago from England

        Everyone loves pancakes, love this hub, great pictures, good job! voted up:)

      • Simone Smith profile image

        Simone Haruko Smith 

        7 years ago from San Francisco

        These look SO delicious! I love the molds you have, too. They create a much more professional looking shape than freestyling does!

      • Stephanie Henkel profile image

        Stephanie Henkel 

        7 years ago from USA

        Kids do love pancakes! The cute idea of baking them in shapes would be a lot of fun for kids who want to help. Your recipe layout is so useful for adults who are having young children help with the pancake making. Great step-by-step photos and fun for everyone!

      • Melovy profile imageAUTHOR

        Yvonne Spence 

        7 years ago from UK

        Hi Veronica, Good to see you here, and glad you enjoyed the hub. I’m doing a series of pancake hubs - going to do ones from different countries and accidentally published the first one - which was an American pancake recipe - on the US National Pancake day. I had no idea!

        Hope you are well. And thanks for your comment.

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        Veronica Roberts 

        7 years ago from Ohio, USA

        So cool! One day last week (I think Wednesday?) was "National Pancake Day" in America. =]

        This looks delicious, and I love that its versatile. I bookmarked this!


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