How to make British and American style pancakes

How to make British and American style pancakes

The perfect way to start your day, pancakes aren’t just for Shrove Tuesday – they’re our perfect morning treat.

But if you’re a relative newbie, making them from scratch can be a hazardous affair.

Have no fear though, because we’ve got quick and simple recipes to help you even if you have no idea where to start.

Whether you’re adding sugar and lemon to a British-style crepe or want to make a stack of light and fluffy American ones with lashing of bacon and maple syrup, these pancakes are great for breakfast, lunch and even a weekend brunch.  


British-style pancakes

Ingredients (makes 8-10)

100g plain flour

2 large eggs

275ml semi-skimmed milk

Butter or oil for cooking

Lemon wedges and caster sugar to serve



1. Sift the flour into a large bowl and add the eggs and milk. Whisk the mixture well until all the ingredients are combined and lump-free.

2. Heat a little butter or oil in a small frying pan over a medium heat. Add a little pancake batter, swirl it to cover the base and cook for around a minute before flipping to cook the other side.

3. Remove the pancake from the heat and keep warm in a low oven while you make more. Serve with your choice of topping.


American-style pancakes

Ingredients (makes 4-6)

1tbsp baking powder

1 pinch of salt

1 teaspoon white sugar

2 large eggs

30g butter

225g plain flower

Butter or oil for cooking



1. If you’re mixing the batter by hand, start by making a well in the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar before adding the beated eggs, melted butter and milk.

2. Heat a little butter or oil in a smooth griddle or pan and pour the mixture until you reach your desired size. With these pancakes, the best way to tell that it’s time to flip is to check that the upper side is blistering and bubbling which should be after about one minute.

3. Remove from the heat and serve with your choice of toppings.


Top 10 pancake toppings


1. Lemon and sugar

2. Breakfast bacon, egg and maple syrup

3. Chocolate, peanut butter and banana

4. Almond butter and sliced strawberries

5. Blackberries and honey



1. Ham and cheese

2. Silton, spinach and egg

3. Honey, feta and thyme

4. Leek, mushroom and cheese

5. Parma ham and asparagus

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