American Breakfast Pancakes

American Breakfast Pancakes

The secret to good pancakes is all about consistency! Finding a great base recipe to work from, that you can come back to time and time again, means you can focus on creating some amazing toppings.

This recipe comes from our Food For Life Get Togethers team; it’s a simple recipe to follow if you’re cooking with children, and there’s a selection of tasty, healthy and nutritious toppings to try below.

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Get to the recipe:

  1. Get inspired with some topping ideas
  2. Discover the ingredients
  3. Read the method

a stack of pancakes on a plate, drizzled with maple syrup

Topping ideas:

Spreads: cream cheese, mascarpone cheese, goats cheese, peanut butter, mashed avocado, hummus, dips, mashed banana

Toppings: stewed fruit (apple, rhubarb etc), berries, banana, tomato, cucumber, olives, sun-dried tomatoes, beetroot slices, grated carrot, sliced pineapple or mango

Flavours and garnishes: lemon, lime or orange juice and zest; chilli slices or flakes; herbs like coriander, dill and mint; pickles and chutneys; home-made jam and lemon curd; drizzle of honey; seeds and chopped nuts

You will need:

  • Sieve
  • Mixing bowl
  • Measuring jug
  • Small whisk
  • Dessertspoon
  • Fish slice
  • Heavy based frying pan

stack of pancakes with blueberries and strawberries


Makes 10-12 small pancakes

  • 25g wholemeal self-raising flour
  • 100g white self-raising flour
  • Pinch o bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 egg – beaten
  • 150ml semi-skimmed milk
  • 1 level dessert spoon of sugar
  • Sunflower oil for frying


1. Sift the flours and the bicarbonate of soda in to a mixing bowl.

2. Make a hole in the centre of the flour.

3. Break the egg into the measuring jug, add the milk and sugar and beat together.

4. Gradually whisk in the egg and milk mixture into the flour.

5. Leave to stand for 10 minutes.

6. Heat the frying pan, add 1 teaspoon of sunflower oil and pour a small amount of batter into the pan 3 times to make 3 small pancakes.

7. Cook the pancakes until set around the edges and bubbles appear on the surface.

8. Using a fish slice, turn the pancakes over, and cook the second side until lightly browned.

9. Stack onto a warmed plate and serve!

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