How to make American Pancakes

There’s a subtle difference between British pancakes and American pancakes. Brit pancakes tend to be much thinner, and have only the addition of a squirt of lemon and some sugar to bring them to life. American pancakes however are glorious affairs; light, fluffy, thick and oozing with maple syrup or blueberries and cream. So if it comes down to a choice between US and the UK, we have to say the Yanks win every time!

To celebrate our love of American pancakes, we have scoured the internet for the best recipe and you’ll find the one below makes perfect pancakes for breakfast or for dessert. And don’t forget your toppings! You can be traditional and opt for maple syrup and crispy bacon (trust me it works!) or be opulent with crushed strawberries and thick clotted cream. Enjoy!

American pancakesAmerican 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 all the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, salt and sugar) into a bowl.

In a separate jug, lightly beat together the egg and milk, and when that’s done, whisk in the melted butter.

Now combine the two mixtures together, using a fork to gently whisk until the lumps have disappeared.

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

When the butter has melted and beginning to bubble, add a level ladle of batter, adding as many ladles as you can fit easily into the pan.

The mixture should be quite thick and not spread out too much, settling into a fluffy circle shape.

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.

American toppings for American pancakes

Once the pancakes have cooked, you can add toppings, by either incorporating blueberries into the batter mix before you cook them, or adding afterwards.

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

You can use any kind of dessert sauce on these, from toffee with bananas, caramel and nuts, or melt white or dark chocolate and add seasonal berries or other fruits.

Source & Photo Credit: Sofeminine.co.uk

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