To celebrate Pancake Day we asked last year’s Pancake Race* winner, Netti Beqa from Ma Boyle’s, to give us the perfect recipe to create perfectly fluffy pancakes, delicious served warm straight out the pan.

Dressed and drizzled with your favourite ingredients; there are plenty of options for your pancakes such as maple syrup, sugar and lemon, fruit, chocolate sauce and fresh cream!

*Keep scrolling to watch our Pancake Race video and to see Netti be crowned the Pancake Race 2020 winner.


  • Milk – 140ml
  • Vanilla Extract (teaspoon)
  • Baking Powder (1 heaped teaspoon)
  • 3 large free range eggs
  • Flour – 115g
  • Sugar – 25g
  • Salt (pinch)


  1. Sift the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt into a large bowl.
  2. Whisk the ingredients together and set aside.
  3. In small bowl melt the butter and set aside.
  4. In a separate bowl add the milk, egg and vanilla and then whisk together.
  5. Pour the melted butter into the mixture and stir together.
  6. Pour the wet mixture into the dry mixture. Begin heating a frying pan on medium heat with a knob of butter or oil.
  7. Whisk the mixture together but be careful to not over whisk.
  8. Using a ladle pour into your frying pan, the amount you use will depend on how thick you like your pancakes.
  9. Cook for a few minutes until golden brown, flip the pancake over and cook that side until golden brown

Ma’s Top Tips:

  • You can either put your toppings on after you have plated the pancake, or if you like your pancakes thick add the fruit/ toppings into the last minute of cooking after flipping. Be careful not make them too heavy on toppings.
  • The best pancakes are made by using room temperature ingredients.
  • Chocolate chips can be added in at the batter stage so they are nice and gooey.
  • A splash of lemon juice in the batter mix makes very nice plain sugared pancakes.

Pancake Race 2020:

Take look at how Netti Beqa won our annual Pancake Race in 2020! The Pancake Race, which has taken place since the 70s, has seen winners arising from neighbouring businesses such as Ma Boyle’s, Malmaison Hotel and Mercure Liverpool Atlantic Tower. The race consists of participants completing 2 laps of the gardens of the church which attracts media including coverage from BBC and Liverpool ECHO.