How to make fluffy pancakes: American pancakes, the easy way

Nothing beats a stack of fluffy pancakes – or American pancakes if you prefer – dripping with maple syrup. Here's how to make them

Stack of fluffy pancakes
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Want to master making fluffy pancakes? Not so much a delicacy (because they're best enjoyed in an enormous stack), but nonetheless, American pancakes are a fantastic weekend brunch treat.

The irresistible fluffiness of a perfectly constructed pancake is unbeatable and we've been on the hunt to find the perfect recipe to share. You're going to need two bowls, a non-stick skillet or heavy-based pan and a dollop of batter made from a few special ingredients. Oh, and then a drizzle (or more) or maple syrup and any toppings that tickle your fancy. 

We've got loads more recipes on our hub page. 

How to make fluffy pancakes

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  • 30g butter (melted and cooled) plus extra for frying
  • 2½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon caster sugar
  • 2 beaten large eggs
  • 150ml milk
  • 150ml buttermilk
  • 225g plain flour


1. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar in a large bowl. In a separate bowl mix the butter, milk, and eggs. 

2. Make a well in the dry mixture and pour in the soft mixture. Now beat. 

3. Transfer to a jug.

4. Place your pan on the heat.

5. Pour the batter onto your hot pan and give each side up to a minute on a medium heat. 

6. Serve as you wish. A helping of streaky bacon, a cluster of fresh berries, a few slices of banana... We enjoy these fluffy pancakes with maple syrup.