Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Hotcakes copycat recipe

Don't get me started on that place beginning with "Mc". I can't stand them but sometimes they're a necessary evil.  I despise their food. I can't complain about the service because there is none and the stores near us are a little run down. When we were on vacation in December last year, it came in pretty handy. It was around the corner and in between rainy periods, it was great to take the kids to the undercover playground and to have a 50 cent ice cream and sometimes breakfast.

I love having helpers!
I admit to liking their hotcakes (it's about the only thing) and I came across this recipe in Flo Bjelke Petersen's cookbook "Classic Country Collection" for pikelets but they're nothing like the pikelets I'm used it. This recipe, to me, was exactly like "Mc" hotcakes.

I usually have a bulk pancake mix in the pantry, ready to go, but when I don't this is the recipe I go for and the kids love them, even the fussiest one. We had to have a batch of them over the weekend.

Hotcake Copycat Recipe
(from Flo Bjielke-Petersen's "Classic Country Collection" pikelet recipe)
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup self raising flour
  • 1/2 tsp bicarb soda
  • 1 tbs butter, melted
  1. Beat milk, sugar, egg and vanilla in a bowl.
  2. Add sifted flour and bicarb soda, fold in to milk mixture, then add melted butter.
  3. Mixture should be fairly liquid.
  4. Heat pan and spray with oil or spread with butter.
  5. Spoon (or pour from a small jug) mixture into pan in small round circles and turn when bubbles have completely formed on top.

There was a rasher of bacon in the fridge so I had a short stack with a side of crispy bacon and syrup.
 (Well, I had some of the bacon.)



  1. I'm with you on the Mc place - awful but sometimes a necessary evil! These look super good. I always have premade mix too but I'm trying to get into the habit of making them from scratch on the weekend. Always a hit, esp with bacon! :)

  2. Oh I so agree with you on the Mc!! That place give me the shudders but we do occasionally go there. Those pancakes look delicious and I haven't had breakfast yet...so now my stomach is growling...LOL! Was it really your birthday yesterday or did I "sing" you happy birthday and leave you confused?

  3. these look awesome, I love pancakes, in fact one of our sunday brunch treats is american pancakes with bacon and syrup. Will have to give these a go.

  4. Never had Mc pancakes. But I do like their breakfast burritos. With their mild or hot salsa. For $1 anywhere in the US it really isn't bad. Especially when you're traveling. Thanks for this recipe Anne. I'll try it. One question though. Is Bicarbanate Soda the same thing as our 'baking soda?' I presume it is. As you cute Aussies say 'I'll give it a go.' Love how you guys talk!! These pancakes really do look and sound delicious. Again,Thanks for the recipe!


  5. Pikelets/hotcakes are a great old standby for visitors and kids. Loved your birthday cake. AND you are so right.. it is all about the kids when birthdays come around. The prettier cake will win every time. So glad you have a great time with your Mum.

  6. Perfect timing Anne - Happy Pancake Day/Shrove Tuesday!

    I promised Olive I'd make her some for lunch, and you know what? I'm going to make her some of these ones. Not that she's ever had the "burger shop" ones.

    I actually grew up with the crepe style ones - every Friday night for dinner...it's a Norwegian thing. I love rolling them up.

    But for lunch, I think these ones will be perfect!

    Di x

  7. These look really yummy and perfect for shrove Tuesday. I have my "go-to" pancake/piklet recipe, which I'll write up one day...but I think I might give this one a whirl for dessert tonight. Thanks Anne.
    xx Marnie

  8. I love pancakes and bacon!! Nom nom nom..

    Ai @ Sakura Haruka

  9. It is very similar to my favourite recipe. I use same ratios of milk to flour too 1C for 1C if I want to make a smaller quantity.
    I love pancakes !

  10. I wonder if it's the vanilla that gives it the unique "mc" flavour? In any case, looks good!

  11. Oh I hate that evil place too, but these look so good! Just missing the hasbrowns.

    Thanks for linking up today! :)

  12. My husband loves the Mc hotcakes (and not much else, like you), so I will be noting this recipe down for sure!!!

  13. I love MCD pancakes! Yummy! Would love for you to link up to the Tuesday To Do Party if you haven't already! http://blackberryvine.blogspot.com/2012/02/tuesday-to-do-party-50-and-49-list.html

  14. Yummo

    From an Aussie, what you call hot cakes are they also known as pancakes or is there a difference?

    I know what I am making for an afternoon snack for my family.


  15. Yum!! We love pancakes!! We don't love the "MC" though. I'll have to try your recipe the next time we have breakfast for dinner. Thanks for sharing with us at Link It Up Thursday.

  16. Yummo, Thanks Anne, sound delish with the bacon. I will be whipping a batch of these up on the weekend ( my sister is coming for a visit to our shabby old cottage, these are sure to impress ;) Kris xx


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