Recipe: Pikelet – An Aussie & Kiwi treat with tea

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Recipe: Pikelet – An Aussie & Kiwi treat with tea
Tea and pikelets
Tea and pikelets

A pikelet (“pike-let”) is essentially a type of pancake served in both Australia and New Zealand. It is generally smaller, lighter and fluffier than typically seen here in North America, but with a very similar flavour.

But unlike your typical pancake breakfast, these are quite often served as an after school snack or at teatime. They can also be ready bought at the supermarket for even more convenience… but as you’ll see – they are pretty easy to make!


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • ¾ cup milk
  • A little butter for cooking


  1. Sift the flour, baking powder and salt into a bowl. (Don’t worry to much about the sifting though, it can be stirred together as well).
  2. In another bowl beat the sugar and egg together. Pour half the flour mixture into the egg and sugar, pour 1/3 of the milk, continue stirring until combined well, add the remaining ingredients as your go.
  3. Heat butter in a non-stick pan, use a big spoon and ladle spoonfuls on when medium hot. Turn as bubbles appear.
  4. Serve with lemon juice and sugar or jam and whipped cream or just eat them by themselves!

This recipe makes approx 15 pikelets