Scotch Griddle Cakes with Heather Honey
for Scotland and Best of British
How I LOVE Britain’s diverse and unique cuisine……from John O’ Groats to Land’s End, and in-between of course, we are a nation rich in regional recipes; dishes and ingredients that take advantage of the our farming heritage, as well as the seas that surround our wonderful island kingdom. You only have to think of some of the more famous of recipes and ingredients, and a culinary journey starts already……Clotted Cream, Melton Mowbray Pork Pies, Saffron, Scallops, Oysters, Eccles Cakes, Kentish Apples and Hops, Treacle Toffee, Yorkshire Pudding, Baps and Bloomers, Black Bun, Honey, Cheeses of all types, Bath Chaps, Chelsea Buns, Fat Rascals, Cullen Skink, Eton Mess, Laver Bread, Potted Shrimps……..and the list goes on…..
With such a range of exciting recipes and ingredients to “play with”, when Janice from Farmersgirl Kitchen announced that the Best of British Blog Challenge journey was going to Scotland, I was in a bit of a fluster, as HOW on earth could I narrow my entry down to just one recipe or maybe two? I already post a lot of Scottish fish and seafood recipes on a regular basis, so, I wanted to try something different; bread was an idea, but again, one of my most popular posts on the blog is the recipe for Scottish Morning Rolls, so I ruled bread out too…..however, baking was still an option, as there are few areas of Britain that can rival the quality and range of the Scottish Tea Time Table.…..with its scones, Dundee cake, scotch pancakes, shortbread, oatcakes, flapjacks etc. So, baking was still my preferred option for my entry…….
It was my MUCH-LOVED and old griddle (girdle) that provided the answer…..I decided to make a batch of authentic Scotch Pancakes, or Scotch Griddle Cakes, and serve them with some AMAZING Scottish Heather Honey that I had in my pantry….and this recipe not only represents the culinary baking excellence of Scotland, but also uses one of it’s most delicious exports by way of the honey. Plus, with the appalling weather we have been having this summer, this is just the kind of recipe to make for a dull summer’s eve……I nearly said dull winter’s eve! Pancakes of ALL sorts are much-loved in my house, and these made a WONDERFUL Sunday morning breakfast today……with the excess pancakes being popped into the freezer for another day.
To tell you more about the Best of British event; New World Appliances as proud BRITISH manufacturers of kitchen appliances are sponsoring this event for the first six months. Each month, one entrant will be picked AT RANDOM to receive a £50 Amazon voucher. And, at the end of the six month period we will have a regional showdown, with a judge to pick the best entry. New World Appliances have kindly offered £300 of Amazon vouchers for the overall winner, so if you enter every month you have 6 chances to win the grand prize! This month is SCOTLAND, as you already know, and if you want to join in, the deadline is the 15th June, before we move on to another British region. Janice is hosting Scotland and Best of British here: Best of British – The Scottish Challenge
And here with a shake of my honey drizzler, and a smear of fresh butter, is my recipe and entry for Scotland’s Best of British, Scotch Griddle Cakes with Heather Honey. Enjoy the rest of your Sunday and see you soon with photos of my cookbook collection for Random Recipes, some wine pairing notes, more recipes and my NEW Monday Meal Plan too of course! Karen
Scotch Griddle Cakes with Heather Honey
|Serves||12 Scotch Pancakes|
|Prep time||5 minutes|
|Cook time||30 minutes|
|Total time||35 minutes|
|Allergy||Egg, Milk, Wheat|
|Meal type||Breakfast, Dessert, Snack|
|Misc||Child Friendly, Pre-preparable, Serve Cold, Serve Hot|
|Occasion||Casual Party, Christmas, Easter, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Valentines day|
|By author||Karen S Burns-Booth|
- 225g/8 ozs self raising flour
- Pinch of salt
- 50g/2 ozs caster sugar
- 2 eggs, beaten with enough milk to make 300ml/1/2 pint
- Butter, to serve
- Heather honey, to serve
Griddle cakes, or Scotch pancakes are easy to make and are a wonderful addition to any teatime table or for something different for breakfast. I make mine on a traditional griddle, but any heavy based frying pan would be suitable. Serve these little pancake treats with butter and a drizzle of heather honey. Makes 12.
|Step 1||Lightly grease a griddle (Girdle) with oil (not butter, as it will burn) then place on the hob to heat.|
|Step 2||Meanwhile, sift together the flour, salt and sugar into a bowl. Whisk together the milk and eggs in a separate bowl then pour the milk mixture into the flour. Whisk together to a smooth batter then test the griddle. Place a teaspoon of batter on the pan and if it sizzles and cooks in less than a minute the griddle is ready to use.|
|Step 3||Drop a tablespoon of the batter onto the griddle, smoothing the top with the back of the spoon. Allow the batter to cook until bubbles start to appear on the surface (about 3 to 4 minutes) then flip the pancake over using a palette knife. Continue cooking until the pancakes are golden brown and cooked through.|
|Step 4||Keep the pancakes warm and then serve with butter and heather honey.|
Jude A Trifle Rushed says
Delicious, and just like my Granny made:-)
I do love a good pancake and they’re perfect with honey. I love your griddle and the honey pot and drizzler are cute, an altogether inspiring post.
THANKS Jude! The honey pot is a 1950’s Crown Devon one that I just love, and the drizzler is an impulse buy from a few years ago!
Laura loves cakes says
These are lovely little griddle cakes…I used to have them for breakfast with honey!! It’s probably not the done thing but I also like them with sultanas in! I’ve never tried heather honey…might give it a go! 🙂
Thanks Laura! My mum makes these with sultanas, I used to LOVE them that way! 🙂
I love honey and I love pancakes. These look delicious and I love your honey pot and drizzler!! It’s hard to pick a favourite recipe as I like so many things but if we are talking cake, you can’t beat a good ol’ Victoria sponge!
Thanks Ros – these were divine and so light and fluffy too….I also LOVE Victoria Sponge cake – cannot beat it!
Lovely pancakes, very, very Scottish! Probably the first things I ever ‘baked’ with my granny, standing on a chair spooning batter onto the girdle. Thanks for entering Best of British (Scotland).
Thanks Janice, I always think these epitomise Scottish baking and I LOVE them whatever the time of day!
My mother used to make these for us on Sundays for tea, with best butter they are THE BEST thing ever! x
My mum still makes these Sue…..I bet you all loved Sunday tea time when your mum made these…..they are so comforting and as you say, the BEST thing ever when served with best butter! Thanks! 🙂 Karen
This looks so very good, and you know I am happy about ‘Heather Honey!’ I bought my husband some Heather Honey Fudge one christmas from a British Foods speciality store nearby, it was amazing how floral it tasted!
I THOUGHT about you when I was posting Heather! 🙂 Heather honey fudge sounds LUSH darlink! Karen
Oh these are my favourites and perfect with honey!
Thanks Denise, they were lovely and the excess I popped in the freezer!
Jenny @ BAKE says
the colour on those griddle cakes is amazing! my Mom used to make these for me when I was younger I’m going to have to make these for breakfast!
Thanks Jenny – these are GREAT for breakfast as well as for tea time too!
What a delicious looking treat. I love pancakes and topped with a good honey and butter combination sounds just perfect to me. I would love a griddle pan like yours to cook them on too!
Thanks Laura, these are much loved in my family and all you need is butter and honey as you say! I bought my griddle pan from an antique shop in Yorkshire, cost me £10, which is good I think!
Mich - Piece of Cake says
HI Karen, these look heavenly, perfect for a Sunday breakfast. I love your honey pot and spoon (is that what it’s called?)
Thanks Mich! Yes, it’s a honey drizzler……a much loved piece of kitchenalia!
My mother always called these “drop scones” at home.
Karen Booth says
Yes – my mum calls them drop scones too, there are many names!
Fiona Matters says
I adore these – although I’m a bit of a philistine and have them with maple syrup! Yum.
here in the outer Hebrides my neighbours make these every week as no one is allowed to visit without receiving ‘tea’ which here means tea (the drink) plus home bakes such as fruit loaf, scones and, of course, pancakes with butter and jam or something I’ve never come across before, cottage cheese on them which, actually is quite delicious. when making the pancakes they also add some golden syrup although how much I don’t know – a trade secret which I haven’t been let into yet!!
Thanks so much for your fabulous comment, I love hearing people’s own experiences! I would LOVE to live in the Hebrides, I have always been fascinated with that part of Britain. I know all about proper “tea”; my grandmother who was of Scottish descent would always serve cake, pot of tea, bread and butter, scones and pancakes when anyone called to see her too! LOVE the idea of adding golden syrup to the batter too! Thanks Christine! Karen