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American pancake recipe | how to make American pancakes

by the editorial team Published on March 4, 2011

Want to know how to make American pancakes? If you follow our American pancake recipe you'll end up with a lovely thick batter that's the secret to a light, fluffy American pancake!

The recipe below tells you how to make American pancakes for breakfast or for dessert. We like our American pancakes served with maple syrup and bacon (yep, you that read correctly) or strawberries and ice cream. Delicious!

American pancake recipe ingredients

135g plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
2 tbsp caster sugar
130ml milk
1 large egg, lightly beaten
2 tbsp melted butter plus extra for cooking

How to make American pancakes

Sieve the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar into a bowl.

In a jug lightly whisk together the egg and milk. When that's combined whisk in the melted butter.

Use a fork to beat the milk mixture into the flour mixture until it's smooth and the lumps have disappeared.

Heat a large non-stick frying pan or griddle pan over a medium heat and add a knob of butter.

As soon as the butter is melted and beginning to bubble, add a level ladle of batter - add as many as you can fit.

The batter should be thick and should easily settle into a puffy cake on the pan's surface without spreading too much.

Wait until the top of the pancake begins to bubble, then flip it. As it cooks it will raise about 1cm or so.

When they're golden on both sides serve or pop them in a warm oven while you use up your batter.

(note: if you want you can add a handful of fresh blueberries to your batter before you cook for blueberry pancakes)

All American toppings for American pancakes

These type of pancakes are wonderful buttered or stacked with maple syrup drizzled over the top. Add a couple of well-cooked rashers of streaky bacon for the real American taste.

Try with fresh strawberries and ice cream, and finish with a flourish of squirty cream too.

For chocoholics, a squirt of chocolate sauce, a squirt of cream and some chocolate shavings will do the trick. Add cherries, raspberries or strawberries to taste!

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