Easy Fluffy American-style Pancakes for Pancake day!

How to make pancakes

Pancakes are one of my favourite treats for breakfast. So I love Pancake Day!

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Pancake Day – Tuesday 25th February 2020

Traditionally Lent, the 40 days leading up to Easter was a time of fasting. Shrove Tuesday (Pancake Day) is the traditional feast day before the start of Lent on Ash Wednesday. It was the day to use up all the goodies in your cupboards and pancakes are a great way to do that hence pancake day!

The two main types of pancake are the classic thin pancakes and these fluffy American – style pancakes.

Ingredients for fluffy pancakes

You will need:

  • 1 Egg
  • 30g Butter
  • 150 ml Milk
  • 125g Plain flour
  • 1tsp Baking powder
  • A pinch of salt
  • Cooking oil spray

This makes 8-10 pancakes, you can easily double or triple this recipe if you want to make more. Just make sure you stick with the ratios here.

Sugar-free American-style pancakes

Many American-style fluffy pancake recipes will include sugar. I do not include it here as I find this can make the pancake easier to burn. I stopped adding sugar when we started making them with the kids and didn’t miss it. Plus we often have plenty of sugar in our pancake toppings.

Method for fluffy pancakes

First measure out your ingredients exactly. Then melt the butter in the microwave around 30 seconds is usually good. You then want to mix the wet ingredients together.

Be careful not to mix cold milk straight from the fridge with hot butter from the microwave as it is likely to curdle. Just allow them to get to room temperature first (shouldn’t take more than a couple of minutes). Using a whisk mix together the melted butter, milk and egg.

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wet ingredients

Sieve together your flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl. Slowly add the wet ingredients and mix until it forms a smooth batter.

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sieving and mixing flour

Should you leave your batter to stand?

You don’t need to leave batter to stand. When making classic thin pancakes we often leave batter to stand so that the bubbles settle down. However for American style pancakes you need the bubbles for the fluffy middle!

How to cook your pancakes

You need a hot pan, wait until the pan is very hot for your first pancake, then turn it down for the next one to avoid burning them. You will need to add cooking oil spray to the pan so it doesn’t stick. I find the spray works best as you don’t want the oil flavour and the pancake already has butter in.

Add a large spoonful of batter to the pan for each pancake. In a standard frying pan you will fit around 3 pancakes at a time easily.

After 1-2 minutes you should see small bubbles forming on the surface, this is when you can flip the pancake. I find using a fish slice the easiest way to flip the pancakes. Cook for another minute and when easy to lift and golden it is ready.

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pancake batter raw – cooked

Pancake Toppings

What you eat with your pancakes is down to personal preference. They are fine plain but will be a little dry. My 4 year old likes them with a little butter. My husband loves them with maple syrup while I enjoy some crème fraiche and strawberries with mine. For a treat chocolate & cream is delicious.

pancakes with chocolate
Pancakes with chocolate and cream

If you are planning to make these with your kids you may want to use my printable step by step guide over at The Autism Page.

If you want something a little different you may also like my Ricotta Hotcakes. And for pancake inspiration check out the delicious ones I had at Yeo Valley HQ, Ironworks in Bristol, Dimond Jims in the US and the Pancake Bakery in Amsterdam.

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Fluffy Pancakes

Yummy easy to make American Style Pancakes
Course Breakfast, brunch, Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword pancakes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 people

Ingredients

  • 1 egg
  • 30 g butter
  • 150 ml milk
  • 125 g plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • A pinch of salt

Instructions

  • First measure out your ingredients exactly
  • Melt the butter in the microwave for around 30 seconds
  • Mix together the butter, milk and egg using a whisk
  • Sieve together your flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl
  • Slowly add the wet ingredients to the flour and mix until it forms a smooth batter
  • Spray a hot frying pan with cooking oil
  • Adda large spoonful of batter to the pan for each pancake (3 at a time)
  • After 1-2 minutes you should see small bubblesforming on the surface, this is when you can flip the pancake
  • Cook for another minute and when easy to lift and golden it is ready
  • Serve with the topping of your choice
How to make pancakes

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