These fluffy, American-style pancakes are thicker and more filling than traditional English pancakes, and taste wonderful with fresh fruit and a little drizzle of maple syrup.

Or you can try one of the following variations:

  • Blueberry compote: Cook down 150g ripe blueberries with 2 tbsp water and serve as a compote alongside.
  • Cinnamon & banana: Add 1 tsp ground cinnamon to the flour. Once you have poured the batter into the pan, thinly slice half a banana and arrange it on top of the pancake, then cook as directed, below.
  • Southern-style: Replace 150g self-raising flour with fine polenta or cornmeal.


  • 300g self-raising flour
  • 60g caster sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 250ml buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • 60g butter, melted and slightly cooled, plus extra for frying and serving
  • 3 to 4 tbsp milk, if needed
  • berries or diced fruit, to serve, optional
  • maple syrup, to serve, optional


  • STEP 1

    Put the flour, sugar, and baking powder into a large bowl and mix well.

  • STEP 2

    In a separate bowl, use a balloon whisk to whisk together the buttermilk, eggs and melted butter.

  • STEP 3

    Make a well in the centre of the flour mixture and gradually whisk in the buttermilk mixture until you have a smooth, thick batter. If the batter seems too heavy (it should be a thick pouring consistency), stir in 3 to 4 tbsp milk.

  • STEP 4

    In a small non-stick frying pan, heat a knob of butter over a medium heat until it begins to sizzle.

  • STEP 5

    Carefully drop 2 or 3 large spoonfuls of batter into the pan – aiming each time for the centre of the pan and allowing the batter to spread out in a circle up to about 10cm in diameter. Cook the pancake over a medium heat until the edges are set and small bubbles have appeared on the surface of the pancake, burst to leave small 'holes'.

  • STEP 6

    Turn the pancake over and cook for 1 to 2 minutes on the other side.

  • STEP 7

    Transfer to a warm plate, then pour in more batter to make another pancake. Repeat until all the batter is used up.

  • STEP 8

    Serve with a bowl of fresh berries or diced fruit and/or a dribble of maple syrup.