Fluffy pancakes on plate with maple syrup and pancetta

Fluffy pancakes

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(86 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 20 mins


Makes 6

Fluffy American-style pancakes are a blank canvas for toppings like blueberries and bacon - great for breakfast in bed. Why not get the kids to help?

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal251
  • fat5g
  • saturates2g
  • carbs43g
  • sugars8g
  • fibre2g
  • protein8g
  • salt1g
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  • 8 slices pancetta, to serve (optional)



    Pancetta is Italian cured pork belly - the equivalent of streaky bacon. It has a deep, strong,…

  • sunflower oil and butter, for cooking
    Sunflower oil

    Sunflower oil

    Sunflower oil is made from pressing sunflower seeds and extracting the oil. It's usually…

  • blueberries, to serve (optional)



    Blueberries are one of the few edibles native to North America and credited with being…

For the pancakes

  • 300g self-raising flour
  • 1 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 caster sugar
  • 2 medium eggs



    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition packed with protein and a…

  • 1 tbsp maple syrup, plus extra to serve
    Maple syrup

    Maple syrup

    may-pul sir-rup

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

  • 300ml milk



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


  1. If serving with pancetta, heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Line a baking tray with baking parchment and lay on the pancetta in a single layer. Put another piece of parchment on top, followed by a second baking tray, and bake for 12-15 mins until crisp.

  2. To make the pancakes, get a little helper to weigh out and tip the flour, baking powder and sugar into a large bowl with a small pinch of salt. Crack in the eggs and whisk until smooth. Add the maple syrup and milk while whisking.

  3. Heat a splash of oil and a small knob of butter in a non-stick frying pan until sizzling. Add spoonfuls of batter to make pancakes the size you like, we made 20cm pancakes for a serving size of one per person, or if you are very hungry, two per person. Cook until bubbles start to form on the surface, then flip and cook the other side. Eat straight away or keep warm in a low oven while you cook another batch. Serve pancakes with pancetta or blueberries, drizzled with extra maple syrup.

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24th May, 2020
I’ve made these lots of times now, substituting the flour for gluten free flour, and the milk for light soya milk and they are always light and fluffy. I much prefer these to any other recipe I’ve tried.
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Fahmida Querida
17th Apr, 2019
Came out stodgy
Mel B C
2nd Mar, 2019
Poured mixture into waffle maker and came out perfect!
17th Oct, 2017
Very fluffy and easy to cook, filling too. I'll use this recipe for pancakes from now on!
15th Apr, 2017
Really nice as a "fluffy" breakfast pancake.
9th Feb, 2016
Just made this recipe as an alternative to the traditional pancake and I don't think I can go back! These are amazing-extremely filling-but so good I ended up having two!
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9th Jan, 2016
My absolute favourite pancake recipe!
30th Dec, 2015
Excellent. Made smaller ones, nice and fluffy. Ate with bananas, salted caramel sauce and bashed up malteasers - yum
23rd Jan, 2015
Foolproof recipe, low mess, perfect results - added to the permanent repertoire!
16th Sep, 2014
I love these pancakes. I don't usually eat American pancakes, but I made these a few weeks ago and have been craving them ever since. They really remind me of the ones they serve in the diners. Absolutely perfect!


20th May, 2020
How many pancakes is a serving? Is says 251 calories per serving but not sure how many calories per pancake.
lulu_grimes's picture
22nd May, 2020
Hi, This recipe was originally called 'plate sized pancakes' - the serving is one large (20cm) pancake per person and the nutrition is per pancake. I will amend the recipe so thank you for pointing that out. Lulu
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Emma Knight
30th Mar, 2020
Hi I was wondering if u could make these in a non-stick pan with any substitutes or extra butter and oil?
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Barney Good Food
3rd Apr, 2020
Hi, these could be made in a non-stick pan but the pan would still need to be lightly greased.
1st Sep, 2019
Does anyone know if these can be frozen? Or if they re-heat well please? I made a batch yesterday and they were delicious but made 14!!
goodfoodteam's picture
2nd Sep, 2019
Thanks for your question. These are best served fresh but if you have leftovers they will re-heat fairly well. We'd suggest warming through in a low oven or freeze in between sheets of baking parchment.
1st May, 2017
Lovely recipe. I didn't have any maple syrup so substituted for honey. My kids loved them. May try with chocolate chips next time.
5th Jan, 2015
Hi there :D ... i was just wondering if you could add banana protein powder to make the pancakes protein filled and healthier?
goodfoodteam's picture
15th Jan, 2015
Hi rebecca150, thanks for your question. It should be fine to add some banana protein powder to this recipe but we haven't tested doing so in our kitchen so cannot guarantee perfect results. Do let us know how you get on. 
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14th Feb, 2015
We love American-style fluffy pancakes and these can be made dairy-free and egg-free very easily so that they're suitable for those with allergies etc. Try 150g plain flour, 250ml soya milk (oat or almond works too) and 2 tbsp baking powder. (plus a little sugar, salt and oil) You'll never know the difference! http://veganlifestyleassoc.com/recipes/fluffy-american-style-pancakes/
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