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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.

For US cup measures, use the toggle at the top of the ingredients list.

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.

For US cup measures, use the toggle at the top of the ingredients list.

American Breakfast Pancakes
Photo by Petrina Tinslay

Ingredients

Serves: 4-6

Metric Cups
  • 2½ teaspoons 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
  • 2½ teaspoons 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 69 Others have said

  • Amazing recipe - I'm normally useless at making pancakes but these turned out great. I used a 1/3 cup measuring cup to make each pancake and we got 10 from this batter. Just ordered the book and can't wait to try more of Nigella's recipes!

    Posted by masontwelve on 7th March 2020
  • My staple recipe! Whenever I make them all I get is compliments for them

    Posted by Ellieflorence19 on 19th January 2020
  • If anybody knows about comfort food, it’s Nigella. This is the only American style pancake recipe that tasted absolutely amazing!

    Posted by Appl3Pi3 on 14th March 2019
  • These had a nice flavor, very filling. However, this American much prefers Nigella's "Instant Homemade Pancake Mix"

    Posted by purduck52 on 25th January 2019
  • Made these so many times I’ve lot count they always come out perfect. Our favourite is to have them with maple syrup, creme fraiche, strawberries, bananas and blueberries.

    Posted by Lancashiregirl on 24th December 2018
  • This is my go-to American pancake recipe! The recipe is foolproof and so quick. A firm family favourite!

    Posted by Dressagediva on 4th November 2018
  • I have made these maybe 50 times now. You can make all kinds of alterations, for example, I sometimes add one pureed banana to the batter, also, some lemon or orange zest goes perfectly with it, some chocolate chips or a tbsp of cocoa....and the world is yours. Thanks Nigella!

    Posted by BiljanaS on 25th September 2018
  • First time making pancakes we weren’t sure what recipe to choose we were nervous to try this one but they came out perfect! Definitely would recommend.

    Posted by Breakfast123 on 15th September 2018
  • Amazingly easy recipe, will definitely be making again.

    Posted by Mich15 on 6th January 2018
  • You can mix them in a measuring cup big enough to more than hold all the ingredients - one dish to wash.

    Posted by bappel on 18th December 2017
  • Fab recipe! Had my daughters birthday sleepover over the weekend and made these for breakfast for the girls .. they came out perfect!

    Posted by Annie1975 on 27th November 2017
  • I just LOVE how you can switch from cups to grams! I'm from Norway, and we don't use cups here. Im so excited to try these out!!!

    Posted by BUKESDRESS on 5th September 2017
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