stack of pancakes with syrup

American pancakes

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(195 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 a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 200ml milk



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

  • 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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karen morris's picture
karen morris
8th Mar, 2020
Easy recipe, super pancakes!
5th Mar, 2020
Made these pancakes and followed the recipe exactly as it said... somehow ended up with eggy omelette pancake things!! Disappointed to say the least, kids crying... day ruined :(( Too many eggs in my opinion, always trusted the BBC for my pancake recipes now I’m not so sure.
4th Mar, 2020
I added (contrary to other comments) some milk since it was far too thick. Also, they fry better without butter or oil but you'll need a good nonstick pan. Great recipe though.
29th Feb, 2020
Awesome pancakes and so easy to make. My boys asked for more, next time I need to double the recipe!
25th Feb, 2020
I have to say these are the best pancakes I've ever made. I didn't have any self raising flour so used plain flour with 3 sachets of baking powder but without the extra and my god they fluffed up perfectly. Slightly crisp on the edge. Absolutely perfect. Highly recommended
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Emma Stafford
25th Feb, 2020
Cooking pancakes using the recipe right now as it's pancake Day and the recipe is great. Like one of the other commenters said about the amount of milk. I doubled the recipe so instead of 400ml I used 300ml. I would probably use slightly less next time to. Great recipe, will be the one I use everytime now
14th Dec, 2019
Amazing, highly recommend this recipe. Worked out perfect unlike other recipes I have tried.
15th Sep, 2019
Perfect, but I find they look more like the ones in the picture if you reduce the milk to 150ml. Much better for a slightly thicker pancake!
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Julie Davison
10th Sep, 2019
I always read all the great positive comments for recipes and then make/bake and mine doesn't usually work out as good as the comments. This pancake is the exception - fluffy, light and tasty. This one is a keeper!
17th Aug, 2019
I’m wheat intolerant so made these with doves farm gluten free flour, i added 1/4 tsp xanthan gum. They worked really well and we really enjoyed them. My husband loved them and he doesn’t always enjoy gf cooking so worked well as a gf recipe.


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Ceirun Williams
31st Aug, 2018
I find it’s best to put the mix in the fridgefor at least 20 minutes. This thickens it up and stops it spreading as far when it hits the pan and you get lovely spongy thick pancakes.
12th Aug, 2018
Hi I made sure to pour the batter from a largish serving spoon into the hot frying pan and as the goodfoodteam recommend, I poured 'on the spot' rather than swishing the batter around the pan. Think having your pan reasonably hot helps - that way the rise can happen quickly allowing the pancakes to become light and fluffy and thick. Hope this helps.
goodfoodteam's picture
23rd Jul, 2018
Thanks for your question. We suggest making sure you use the mixture as soon as it's made so that the baking powder is active. Pour the liquid into one spot so that it spreads evenly. Hope that helps!
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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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