Tuesday 12 April 2011

How could you not love something that is called a "Pikelet?" I know!! What a cute name! It makes you think of wooded glens and fairies and little hairy men with knobbly noses and big feet in oversized shoes . . .

Crumpets toasted over open fires, tuck boxes, after school treats . . . Enid Blyton!

There seems to be a bit of confusion as to what Pikelets actually are. I have seen them as a type of "drop" crumpet . . . made with a yeast batter and loosely cooked on a griddle instead of in rings.

And I have seen them like the ones I made today, similar to a pancake, except smaller, and served cold and spread with softened butter and preserves.

Definitely scrummy yummy. (I know, I probably say that too much, but I just can't think of another word that says what scrummy says!)

Perfect little light bites of airy fluff, all moreishly buttery and sweet.
I do confess . . . I was bad. Coz . . . as you know, everything tastes even better with bacon, and I just couldn't resist. It's that old North American sweet and salty thing . . . Oh yah!! Nom Nom ☺

Makes 25
Printable Recipe

A drop scone or pancake by any other name. Yummy.

150g of self raising flour (1 cup)
1 TBS caster sugar
pinch of salt
185ml of milk (3/4 cup)
1 large free range egg
butter to brush the grill

to serve:
softened butter

Sift the flour, sugar and salt into a bowl. Beat together the milk and egg. Add all at once to the dry ingredients and whisk together until smooth. Heat a large griddle pan, or nonstick frying pan. Brush with butter. Drop the batter by tablespoons onto the heated griddle. Cook until bubbles appear on the surface and the bottom is lightly browned. Flip over and cook on the other side until golden. Allow to cool completely and serve with some softened butter and jam for spreading.

PS - I cooked these on my new Cuisinart Grill and Griddle. Look for more on this fabulous little item real soon!! I'm giving it a real workout before I let you in on all the details!


  1. Perfect little Pikelets...just the right size for me! YUMMY! :D

  2. Love that name--what fun! They look so delicious, Marie...and I don't EVER want you to stop saying things are scrummy--my favorite word you use!

    Hope you're having a wonderful day, dear friend...sending so much love and spring thoughts your way...


  3. Oh I've never heard of these before. That is, that name. I have eaten a Swedish or Scandinavian pancake that is between a pancake and a doughnut. YES! Made with a special pan with round depressions, called an aebelskiver pan. Aebelskivers do not have any "aebles" in them. It's just the finished doughnut is, rather aeble shaped. Clear?

    Then there's those little Welsh pancakey things. This could go on forever. Scrummy is going to be the best used word ever. Next Oxford dictionary edition: scrummy.

  4. I am British, English in fact, but hae never made pikelets for myself. With the help of your recipe I am going to change that! Thanks!

  5. Look absolutely delicious dear Marie, love these, and look nice, send you huggs and love, xoxoxo gloria

  6. My Granny makes the best pikelets in the world ... I want some now lol

  7. I may be mistaken but I believe Pikelets are more common in Australia and New Zealand. The recipe I have from the Edmonds Cookbook is similar but adds baking powder for a little more levening. These are basically sweet American style pancakes.

  8. Hi Mr Jolly. Pikelets are more common in the North of England than the South, and in Scotland, and yes, they are very similar to American Style pancakes!

  9. Hi Marie,
    I'm thinking of getting the Cuisinart Grill/Griddle. Have you tried making crumpets, Welsh cakes or English muffins on it. I'd love to know how they worked out. I love Cuisinart products, but may just get a bake stone.

  10. Hi Pete. I have made Crumpets and Welsh Cakes on this griddle/grill. I Love it. I also have a Morphy Richard's grill, but have to say that the Cuisinart is my favourite. I highly recommend.


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