stack of pancakes with syrup

American pancakes

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(112 ratings)

Prep: 25 mins Cook: 30 mins


Serves 4

Easy, American-style, fluffy pancakes are great for feeding a crowd at breakfast or brunch. Top with something sweet like fruit, jam or syrup, or rashers of crispy bacon.

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal356
  • fat13g
  • saturates6g
  • carbs46g
  • sugars8g
  • fibre2g
  • protein13g
  • salt1.25g
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  • 200g self-raising flour
  • 1 ½ tsp baking powder
    Baking powder

    Baking powder

    bay-king pow-dah

    Baking powder is a raising agent that is commonly used in cake-making. It is made from an alkali…

  • 1 tbsp golden caster sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 25g melted butter, plus extra for cooking



    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 200ml milk



    One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a complete food. While cow…

  • vegetable oil, for cooking

To serve

  • maple syrup
    Maple syrup

    Maple syrup

    may-pul sir-rup

    The rising spring sap of a number of varieties of maple tree

  • toppings of your choice, such as cooked bacon, chocolate chips, blueberries or peanut butter and jam



    Bacon is pork that has been cured one of two ways: dry or wet. It can be bought as both rashers…


  1. Mix the flour, baking powder, caster sugar and a pinch of salt together in a large bowl. Create a well in the centre with the back of your spoon then add the eggs, melted butter and milk. Whisk together either with a balloon whisk or electric hand beaters until smooth then pour into a jug.

  2. Heat a small knob of butter and 1 tsp of oil in a large, non-stick frying pan over a medium heat. When the butter looks frothy pour in rounds of the batter, approximately 8cm wide. Make sure you don’t put the pancakes too close together as they will spread during cooking. Cook the pancakes on their first side for about 1-2 mins or until lots of tiny bubbles start to appear and pop on the surface. Flip the pancakes over and cook for a further minute on the other side. Repeat until all the batter is used up.

  3. Serve your pancakes stacked up on a plate with a drizzle of maple syrup and any of your favourite toppings.

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Ayse Inal's picture
Ayse Inal
16th Sep, 2018
I've made these pancakes a number of times now and consider this my go-to recipe. However, I would strongly advise NOT whisking the batter until smooth as this makes for tough, heavy pancakes. Just turn the batter enough to combine the dry and wet ingredients, then stop! Leave those little balls of flour in the batter! This creates a much fluffier pancake. Also, I always separate my eggs, mix the yolk in with the milk and melted butter, fold those in with the dry, then whip the egg whites and fold those in last. Makes them super fluffy. Love these cooked with added blueberries, and drenched in maple syrup and cream
24th Aug, 2018
These were ok. I prefer scotch pancakes which are made with just milk, egg & flour. Waited a bit too long after adding baking powder so by the time I came to cook them it had frothed up and was really thick so difficult to pour & difficult to tell when cooked as outside cooked quickly but as so thick inside was hit or miss whether cooked!! Think they would make a good waffle mix!
12th Aug, 2018
Very easy and quick recipe. Halved the ingredients for two people and no issues with the results, which were completely yummy! They tasted better than the ones we usually enjoy at our local deli (so potentially saving us a fortune - 3 pancakes with butter and syrup costs £4.95 per person!!!).
moonlightico's picture
14th Jul, 2018
made these for myself this morning after having an okay lie in. as it was only for one person, i split the ingredients into thirds which made two (+ a little one) pancakes. they were good but i would suggest not putting in the butter when frying them as too much oil is produced so a teaspoon of sunflower oil is fine. i served mine with golden syrup and fresh peach!
18th Feb, 2018
This is a fantastic recipe. When mixing, only put in half the milk at first then slowly added the rest until I had the consistency I wanted. Also added a drop of Vanilla extract to the mix for that little extra.. Delicious !!!!
David Stokes
18th Feb, 2018
Good recipe. Kids loved them. We used wholemeal SR flour and dropped some blueberries into the pancakes before turning them. Delicious served with streaky bacon and maple syrup. The prep time certainly is not 25 minutes - more like 5!
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Seth Green
27th Dec, 2017
Thank who ever come up with this it works and is so easy im giving my mum breakfast in bed
18th Jun, 2017
These were declared "magic" by my husband who got them made by our kids for Father's Day. We like a pancake in this house but this is the best recipe yet. We put in slightly less milk at first and added until we felt it seemed right consistency- a bit less than the recipe. I think the melted butter was a good addition. Perfect with maple syrup and streaky smoked bacon nom nom


Sasha Timmons's picture
Sasha Timmons
14th Jul, 2018
how many pancakes or how much is one serving?
12th Aug, 2018
Hi Sasha It's enough for 4, so about 3 pancakes per person. I halved the recipe for two people and we had 3 pancakes each (the last one was slightly smaller than the others though).
moonlightico's picture
14th Jul, 2018
hi sasha! you should get around seven pancakes overall with this recipe so it depends on how many people you're feeding :) - sarah


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