These fluffy American pancakes will help you take your breakfast game to the next level. They’re delicious, decadent, and perfectly soak up maple syrup every time. They’re slightly sweet, thick, and oh-so-fluffy.
I’ve paired these fluffy pancakes with streaky bacon, though you can add fruit on top for a more nutritious meal.
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Perhaps you’ve seen images of American pancakes on the telly and want to recreate them at home. If so, this American pancake recipe is right up your alley!
These delightful American-style pancakes are a decadent option for breakfast. The butter and whole milk add a delicious richness, complementing the streaky bacon and maple syrup topping.
As a bonus, these fluffy American pancakes work well with many breakfast sides, like Fancy Poached Eggs or Healthy Banana Blueberry Muffins, so that you can customize the meal to your tastes. They are also a great way to impress friends and family or let your significant other know you appreciate them.
Regular pancakes are on the thinner side and larger than American pancakes. You’re likely used to pancakes that resemble slightly thicker versions of crepes. In contrast, American breakfast pancakes are thick and generally much smaller.
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You can use standard bacon if you wish. However, streaky bacon makes this American pancakes recipe feel more American.
Plain Flour/Granulated Sugar
Plain flour works best for this recipe. Though, you can use gluten-free or whole wheat flour. If you choose an alternative, the texture and taste will likely change. For those who want even thicker pancakes, try using self-raising flour. Sugar adds a touch of sweetness to the pancakes and helps the batter stay moist.
Baking Powder and Baking Soda
Baking powder isone of the key ingredients that helps create the fluffy texture in these pancakes and the baking soda helps create bubbles in the batter, which turns into light cakes.
Whole Milk/Egg and Melted Butter
I love using whole milk for creating easy American pancakes, as it helps provide a decadent flavour and consistency. You can use nut milk if you are dairy-free or vegan. Adding an egg helps create that yummy, fluffy texture of American pancakes and the butter helps keep the pancakes moist while they cook. Margarine will also work in this pancake batter.
See the recipe card for full information on all ingredients and quantities.
You can make a few swaps to turn these American pancakes into a vegetarian/gluten-free breakfast option. To create a vegetarian version, use a plant-based alternative to the streaky bacon.
If you need a gluten-free alternative, use gluten-free flour instead of standard flour. Keep in mind, you’ll need to play with the liquid ingredients as gluten-free flour absorbs liquid more easily. So, you will likely need less milk for the batter.
Preheat oven to 200°C
3. Now whisk the wet ingredients in a separate bowl, combining the egg, milk and melted butter. Slowly pour the wet into the dry. whilst whisking until a smooth consistency is achieved (Image 3).
4. Whick the mixture until a smooth consistency is achieved (Image 4).
5. Lightly coat a non-stick pan with rapeseed oil. Once the pan is hot (on a medium heat), using a large spoon (approx 2 tbsp), add the pancake batter into the pan, to make around 3 pancakes at a time (Image 5).
6. When the bottom starts to turn golden brown, flip the pancakes and cook for a further few minutes and pile into a stack (Image 6).
Serve the pancakes with a few pieces of streaky bacon. Top with a cube of salted butter and a drizzle of maple syrup.
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Here are a few tips to help you create the most delicious American pancakes possible!
There are a few reasons your American pancakes may not be fluffy, such as overmixing the batter. If this occurs, you will find the pancakes are chewy, not fluffy. Ensure you are just mixing the batter until everything is incorporated, and it should fix your pancakes.
Additionally, you may have forgotten to include baking powder or baking soda, which help create that fluffy consistency. Double check you’ve included every ingredient for the best outcome.
Keep it simple by slicing fresh berries and a banana for the pancake topping instead of including bacon. Alternatively, there are some great plant-based bacon options that you can use instead, which allows you to enjoy a bacon-like flavour with your meal.
A few swaps will help you take this recipe and make it lighter, including using lower-fat or plant-based milk. You can also use sugar-free maple syrup or no-sugar-added jam as the topping to the cooked pancakes. Of course, you can forego the generous butter topping for a healthier option, like almond butter.
You can also try this Healthy French Toast With Cinnamon recipe for a healthy alternative.
Yes, you can make this recipe vegan. Swap out the egg for a flax egg, use nut milk instead of regular milk, and include margarine or a non-dairy butter alternative, and the pancakes will be vegan. You’ll also want to forego streaky bacon for this recipe.
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