from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A thick type of sweet pancake.
  • n. A thin crumpet.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A light, thin cake or muffin.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A light cake or muffin; a thin circular tea-cake.


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • The final mixture is thick but spreadable and I found using about a quarter cup of mixture produced a pikelet sized pancake.

    Archive 2008-05-01

  • Let it cook, undisturbed - you should notice bubbles appearing on the surface and when it looks to be drying out, flip the pikelet over to finish cooking.

    Archive 2007-06-01

  • April 27, 2007 at 3:44 am kittah has pikelet, not pancake?

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  • Hi Mercedes - they are similar to pancakes but are usually a lot smaller - pikelet is a common British term.

    Sugar High Friday #32

  • The pancakes were little pikelet sized morsels and had good crunchy stuff inside.

    Archive 2005-03-01

  • In our Pestchanka, I remember, pike used to be caught a yard long, and there were eel-pouts, and roach, and bream, and every fish had a presentable appearance; while nowadays, if you catch a wretched little pikelet or perch six inches long you have to be thankful.

    The Witch, and other stories

  • "I'd go into a trap for a pikelet," said Wally, warming to his task.

    Captain Jim

  • She would herself pour some hot water into the slop basin, and put a pikelet on a plate thereon, covered, to keep warm for father.


  • Some words are retained which are no longer used in Britain: for example, in Australia chook (a chicken) and pikelet (a type of drop-scone), in South Africa bioscope (cinema) and geyser (a water heater).

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  • I shovelled down a pikelet with jam and cream ($2 from the Women's Institute cafe) and watched the girls on their shiny mounts with plaited manes while a bunch of tough sheilas with piercings and tats at the next table smoked their rollies and yelled into a cellphone.



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  • "For tea they had scones and pancakes, crumpets and pikelets, muffins and cream buns, plum cake and seed cake and cream cake and chocolate cake, and often some bread and butter as well."

    The Wind on the Moon by Eric Linklater, p 23 of the New York Review of Books hardcover

    July 17, 2013

  • Looks right to me. British equivalent is flapjack, I'm led to believe.

    November 16, 2008

  • Plausible looking Aussie recipe for pikelets, including picture here. Disclaimer: this isn't my mother's recipe and I've not tried it myself, but it looks more or less "right".

    November 16, 2008

  • When I was working in Cleveland I initiated an office tradition of pancakes on Shrove Tuesday (actually, any excuse will do, but that's a particularly good one), for which I made pancakes according to my tried-and-true Australian recipe. My boss informed me that she would call what I'd made Swedish pancakes or perhaps crepes. They were small-dinner-plate size and quite thin. Really nice when sprinkled with caster sugar and lemon juice then rolled up or folded. Mmm.

    Pikelets, which I've not eaten in years are definitely smaller (think diameter of a generous coffee mug or small saucer) and slightly thicker. But I think, too, the recipe is slightly different. There's a picture currently showing up that has a trio of pikelets spread with jam and topped with cream – that's classic. But, my mother also used to make savoury pikelets with parsley and cheese through the mix.

    I've never made the fat-and-fluffy American style pancakes so I don't have a recipe to draw comparison – I guess it includes a raising agent. I do find that kind fairly hard-going to eat.

    PS. Wiki adds: # A small, thick pancake, generally in Australia, New Zealand and parts of Britain. Also known in parts of Britain as a drop-scone or Scotch pancake.

    # A British regional dialect word variously denoting a flatter variant on crumpet or muffin.

    November 16, 2008

  • To me the differentiator is the overall size/width. Pancakes are dinner-plate sized, whereas pikelets are more saucer-sized.

    November 16, 2008

  • Is it the way Australians call pancakes? My flatmate told me that you use the term pancake for something less thick.

    November 16, 2008