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An easy recipe for Perfect American Pancakes

Updated on October 21, 2013

This pancake recipe really is quick and easy - and pancakes are filling, cheap and delicious - not only will your family and friends' tummies be happy and full - you're bank balance will be fuller too.

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Drizzled with Golden Syrup, Lemon Juice and Sprinkled with Sugar - mmmm!
Drizzled with Golden Syrup, Lemon Juice and Sprinkled with Sugar - mmmm!

This really is the one thing I turn to when I have hungry kids or friends over and there's practically nothing in the cupboards and I don't want to spend hours cooking. They are very filling and extremely cheap to make, feeding four people till they're full with some flour, eggs and milk has got to be a winner.

I was really shocked the other day in a supermarket to discover that they sell pancake batter, and at the price of it, when it's this easy to make you don't need to spend a fortune, this is a very quick and easy recipe, and everyone loves them, you may think you've made too many but trust me they will disappear in a blink of an eye and they'll still want more.

You can have your pancakes any size you like, my kids like a stack of smaller ones, and younger kiddies like theirs Mickey Mouse-shaped, and if you don't want to stand for ages I suggest you do plate sized ones like the one above. Add some cocoa powder to replace some of the flour and you can have chocolate ones, use the different colors and create pandas, or swirly patterns on your pancakes - fun and food at the same time - the kids will love it - so will the adults!

Giant pancakes rule!
Giant pancakes rule!


The ingredients for this are really easy to remember and you can either whisk them by hand or put them all in a food processor and blitz and this amount will feed 4 people.

2 cups of Self-Raising Flour

2 cups of Whole Milk

2 Large Free Range Eggs

1 teaspoon of Salt

2 tablespoons of Sugar

  • Place all the above ingredients into a food processor and blitz till you have a smooth batter.

  • Pour the batter into a pouring jug.
  • Leave to stand for about 20 minutes, I normally set the table while this is happening or make a cup of tea.

  • Add a knob of butter to a non-stick frying pan on a medium to low flame.

  • Pour your batter into the frying pan in any size or shape that you fancy.

  • And when they start to bubble it is time to flip them over.
  • Cook for a few more minutes on the second side until golden brown.

Some of our Favourite Serving Suggestions:

  • Freshly squeezed lemon juice, caster sugar and golden syrup.
  • Greek yogurt and fruit compote.
  • Chocolate sauce and strawberries.
  • Love the taste of lemon but find fresh lemon juice a little too tart? Then squeeze the lemon juice into a small non-stick frying pan, add some sugar to taste and heat until it bubbles together and the sugar melts. Sweet, sticky hot lemon dressing - perfect for your pancakes.
  • Chocolate chips - well I tried the cookies and loved them so I thought I'd try it with pancakes and guess what? It was great!

Chocolate Chip Pancakes - Sunday breakfast for two very happy girlies
Chocolate Chip Pancakes - Sunday breakfast for two very happy girlies
Almost gone!
Almost gone!

Eileen's Tips:

When you first pour the batter into the frying pan it is an ideal moment to sprinkle them with chopped fresh fruit or whole blueberries, you don't have to push them down into the batter, as it cooks it will rise to cover the fruit, very, very delicious.

Blueberry and Pineapple Pancakes are my favorite

And just when you thought it couldn't get better .... perfect pancake sauce. This is sweet and simply divine, go on you'll never buy bottled sauces again - you can't beat this!


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    • Eileen Goodall profile imageAUTHOR

      Eileen Goodall 

      7 years ago from Buckinghamshire, England

      So glad you like them Kitkat, we love to make a large one with two small round ones for ears, everyone has to have at least on Mickey Mouse one in their serving :)

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      7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      This is a classic recipe, that always delivers. I personally love silver dollar size pancakes, then I feel like I can eat more. Yum!

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      Rodney Fagan 

      8 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City

      These in South Africa, are what is called drop scones, crumpets, they are a lot thicker and rise up a lot mor that what we call Pancakes here,

      However they are not as thin as crepes.

      Eileen, I was begining to think that I was the only weird cook on hubpages who prefers to make everything from scratch.

      Pleased to make your aquaintance.

    • Eileen Goodall profile imageAUTHOR

      Eileen Goodall 

      8 years ago from Buckinghamshire, England

      @living earth - this recipe is so easy I could do it in my sleep which sometimes I feel I am if the kids are up early and hungry. I hope you enjoy it.

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      living earth 

      8 years ago from UK

      This recipe sounds delicious and since every Sunday I make pancakes for my children for breakfast, I will definitely try this. Thank you!

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      8 years ago

      Love love love pancakes!!! Another great hub! Thanks for sharing

    • Eileen Goodall profile imageAUTHOR

      Eileen Goodall 

      8 years ago from Buckinghamshire, England

      I love the idea of putting orange zest in the pancakes must try that. We love crepe pancakes too but I leave those for my husband to make and just line up with my plate ready.

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      8 years ago

      I do cheat and use Bisquick for a very specific pancake brunch recipe that a friend sent me - I use half a pack of mixture, made up according to their instructions, then add 1/4 cup low fat plain yoghurt, the juice of half an orange, orange zest, and then mix together. Use the same 1/4 measure to drop the mixture on a griddle (or in a pan - no fat needed!), and cook until the top bubbles and the edges start to look cooked, then flip over and cook the other side. Half a box makes a dozen thick, fluffy pancakes, which are soooo good with maple syrup and fresh berries, or even with smoked bacon and some pork/apple sausages. You can even drop in some chocolate chips while the pancakes are cooking, or switch out the orange juice/zest for lemon. When it comes to pancake day though, it's got to be traditional crepe-style pancakes made from scratch!

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      Eileen Goodall 

      8 years ago from Buckinghamshire, England

      I've also been known to make a savoury version which have bacon, cheese and spring onions in them, I stack them 2 or 3 high and place a poached egg on the top - scrumptious!

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      Paul Cronin 

      8 years ago from Winnipeg

      Those look sooo gooood! I love pancakes for breakfast. Nicely illustrated, thanks for sharing! I love to add fresh blueberrys or strawberrys too.

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      8 years ago from Tucson AZ

      This is a yummy hub!!! thanks for sharing, well written

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      J Burgraff 

      8 years ago

      Although I use a different recipe, and stir by hand, I make my pancakes by hand too. And it does not take a long time at all. Anyone who makes pancakes has time to make homemade. Truly. And it is so worth it.

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      North Wind 

      8 years ago from The World (for now)

      I always make my pancakes from scratch as well. I find it does not take me very long and I like that I know what is going into my mix. I also make my own butterscotch syrup that is easy and delicious :) One of our favorite toppings is similar to your first one on your list - castor sugar, lime juice and grated cheddar cheese. Nice hub!

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      8 years ago from Henderson, NV

      Pancake Batter in the UK? In the USA you can pick and choose from half a dozen brands at nearly every supermarket. I'm sure homemade can be better... but who has the time? Kudos for taking the time to include all the pictures.


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