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American Breakfast Pancakes

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Introduction

These are those thick, spongy American pancakes that are often eaten with warm maple syrup and crisp fried bacon. I love them with the syrup alone, but if you do want bacon, I think streaky is best. You can easily cook these pancakes by dolloping the batter onto a hot griddle (smooth, nor ridged, side) or heavy based pan.

These are those thick, spongy American pancakes that are often eaten with warm maple syrup and crisp fried bacon. I love them with the syrup alone, but if you do want bacon, I think streaky is best. You can easily cook these pancakes by dolloping the batter onto a hot griddle (smooth, nor ridged, side) or heavy based pan.

American Breakfast Pancakes
Photo by Petrina Tinslay

Ingredients

Serves: 4-6

Metric Cups
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar
  • 2 large eggs (beaten)
  • 30 grams butter (melted and cooled)
  • 300 millilitres milk
  • 225 grams plain flour
  • butter for frying
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs (beaten)
  • 2 tablespoons butter (melted and cooled)
  • 1¼ cups milk
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • butter for frying

Method

  1. The easiest way to make these is to put all the ingredients into a blender and blitz. But if you do mix up the batter by hand in a bowl, make a well in the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar, beat in the eggs, melted butter and milk, and transfer to a jug: it's much easier to pour the batter into the pan than to spoon it.
  2. Heat a smooth griddle or pan on the stove.
  3. When you cook the pancakes, all you need to remember is that when the upper side of the pancake is blistering and bubbling it's time to cook the second side, and this needs only about 1 minute, if that.
  4. I get about 16 silver-dollar-sized pancakes out of this.
  1. The easiest way to make these is to put all the ingredients into a blender and blitz. But if you do mix up the batter by hand in a bowl, make a well in the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar, beat in the eggs, melted butter and milk, and transfer to a jug: it's much easier to pour the batter into the pan than to spoon it.
  2. Heat a smooth griddle or pan on the stove.
  3. When you cook the pancakes, all you need to remember is that when the upper side of the pancake is blistering and bubbling it's time to cook the second side, and this needs only about 1 minute, if that.
  4. I get about 16 silver-dollar-sized pancakes out of this.

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What 53 Others have said

  • just missing butter but its going to be yummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmy

    Posted by chefforpancakes on 7th August 2016
  • I made it a while ago and it was the most fluffiest pancake I've ever made... thanks

    Ooppps I wish I can post the snap shot of it as well

    Posted by RoseRozario on 2nd August 2016
  • At last a pancake recipe that I made and turned out perfectly! Yummy fluffy pancakes. (Not sloppy ones like my son called my last batch following another recipe!)

    Posted by Suz1980 on 20th March 2016
  • These pancakes are awesome!!!! Exactly what I was looking for!!!!!!A recipe for delicious,fluffy, quick american pancakes!!!!!

    Posted by danaiSW on 21st February 2016
  • Have been making these for years and they are always fab! This morning my son wanted them and I needed to cut down mixture to avoid waste....how to blitz such a small amount?? Use your nutribullet!! Who knew??

    Posted by Melanieforrest1 on 11th November 2015
  • Lovely texture and very quick and easy to make, but these pancakes are crying out for a bit more sugar and some vanilla extract. I used 1 tablespoon of sugar and just over a teaspoon of vanilla extract. Dusted them with vanilla sugar before serving. I also find that they turn out a more delicious golden colour if fried with sunflower oil instead of butter as butter has a tendency to burn easily.

    Posted by BobbyA on 23rd August 2015
  • I made these for breakfast and was amazed at the simplicity of the recipe. I used a hand whisk and the pancakes came out so light and airy. I served with pure Canadian maple syrup and strawberries, I was not disappointed. The tip on flipping when the bubbles appears is really helpful. I will definitely make these again and wow my friends and family.

    Posted by Farzeen on 2nd August 2015
  • Very easy to prepare, and the result is great.

    Posted by Rosy84 on 22nd May 2015
  • I made these when they were first in the TV series and everybody loved them. Today my 16 yr old son wanted pancakes - and so I got the recipe out and made them served with Maple Syrup...... They are his new favourite food and he is going to make them himself from now on - hurrah!

    Posted by Rocketman on 11th May 2015
  • A tablespoon of baking powder? Really?

    Posted by Lizziewall on 17th October 2012
  • Made these for pancake day for the kids, there loved them to bits, I have to keep making them all the time yum yum

    Posted by Deb47 on 22nd March 2015
  • I cooked pancakes for my wife and I, using this recipe and they turned out fantastic. Many thanks Nigella. Keep up the great work :-)

    Posted by Clogwog on 21st March 2015
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