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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.

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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 75 Others have said

  • Literally the best pancake recipe I’ve ever tried. I’m glad I did because they were amazing and the whole family loved it! I can’t believe how good these are.

    Posted by StacyjReed on 14th April 2021
  • I have made these more times than I can count. The texture and flavor of these are absolutely perfect. My youngest son is the pickiest eater on Earth. For a long time, I feel like these pancakes were the only thing he would eat!

    Posted by joshv41680 on 23rd March 2021
  • I make these all the time gluten free, I also use self raising flour instead as I find you get an even fluffier texture. Where it says plain flour, I just change that for gluten free self raising flour. I also find that if you leave the batter in the fridge for a while before use they rise up more

    Posted by ChloeKane on 25th January 2021
  • I just tried this recipe out, I must tell you they turned out fantastic. They were so soft and spongy and delicious. We all enjoyed them, thank you Nigella x

    Posted by Akc83 on 21st January 2021
  • I have always used this recipe and this recipe only for making pancakes.... never failed! Always soft and delicioussss, very appreciated. Thank you, Nigella!!

    Posted by marigussi on 24th December 2020
  • Love this recipe! I find pancakes hold shape better if batter is chilled in fridge...so make night before.

    Posted by Sahahara on 17th May 2020
  • 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
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