American Pancakes (Quick, Easy and Really Delicious)

Fluffy, light american pancakes. Quick and easy to make and they taste delicious.

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Maple syrup being poured onto a stack of American pancakes topped with fresh strawberries.
I have a confession. When it comes to breakfast, I’m a little bit lazy. Most of the time I eat Cheerios with the occasional switch to toast with honey.

However, occasionally I like to make a little bit more of an effort and whip up a full(ish) English or this easy pancake recipe.

Maple syrup being poured onto a stack of American pancakes and running all over the plate.The advantage of the pancakes is that they are much lighter than a cooked breakfast (which serves more as brunch than breakfast) and they’re really quick to make, ready in just 10 minutes. They’re also made with ingredients I usually have in the house so I can decide to make them on a whim. I love them served with fresh fruit and drizzled with maple syrup.

A stack of American pancakes topped with fresh fruit with a bowl of fruit and more pancakes in the background.I like to make my pancakes quite small and dainty, but you can make them bigger if that’s your preference. If you’re feeling more creative, you can also use this recipe for trying some pancake art. Take a look at my pancake recipes index to see how easy it is to do and to find some ideas. It’s also full of other pancake recipes for you to try.

Details of my pancake recipe index showing ricotta pancakes, lemon and raisin pancakes, pancakes perfect for pancakes day and pancake art of a sheep.

Recommended Equipment

To make these american pancakes, you’ll need the following equipment

A large bowl, weighing scales, a measuring jug, a whisk and a frying pan.

5 from 8 votes

American Pancakes

Fluffy, light american pancakes. Quick and easy to make and they taste delicious.
Active Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 people


  • 200 g Self Raising Flour
  • 50 g Caster Sugar
  • 250 ml Milk - I use skimmed but any is fine
  • 2 Eggs


  • Sift the self raising flour (200g) into a large bowl.
  • Add the caster sugar (50g).
  • In a separate bowl, beat the eggs (2 eggs).
  • Add the eggs and milk (250ml) into the flour and sugar and whisk until you have a smooth batter.
  • Heat a large frying pan to a medium heat and add the pancake mix.
  • Cook until bubbles are starting to form on the top and then flip and cook for another minute until the pancakes are golden brown.


I don’t grease the pan as I use a non-stick pan and so it isn’t necessary. However you may wish to use a little butter or vegetable oil to stop the pancake sticking.
These pancakes are suitable for freezing. Place them in an airtight container (or wrapped in clingfilm) with each pancake separated by a piece of greaseproof paper. When you want to eat them simply warm them (from frozen) in a toaster on a low setting.
Recipe Type: Breakfast
Cuisine: American

Nutritional Information

Calories: 298kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 88mg | Sodium: 59mg | Potassium: 162mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 4.4% | Calcium: 9% | Iron: 4.6%
Any nutritional information shown is the estimated nutritional information per serving. Please refer to my guide to Charlotte’s Lively Kitchen nutritional information if you want to learn more about how this is calculated.

Free From/Suitable For

  • Suitable for Vegetarians
  • Nut-Free
  • Peanut-Free
  • Sesame-Free
  • Soy-Free
  • Sulphur Dioxide and Sulphite-Free
  • Fish-Free
  • Crustacean-Free
  • Mollusc-Free
  • Celery and Celeriac-Free
  • Mustard-Free
  • Lupin-Free

The ingredients for this recipe are commonly available free from all these allergens. However, please ensure you double-check allergen information for all ingredients.

Fluffy, light american pancakes. Quick and easy to make and they taste delicious.

I’m sharing this recipe with #TastyTuesdays on Honest Mum.



  2. You can’t beat Saturday morning brunch with the family. We’ve been having a full English but thought we’d give something less filling a go and these pancakes certainly hit the spot with maple syrup and fruit. Very quick and very tasty.

  3. Perfect recipe for a lazy Saturday morning brunch. The pancakes taste perfect, especially with bananas and syrup.

  4. Perfect recipe for a lazy Saturday morning brunch. The pancakes taste great, especially with bananas and syrup.

  5. Easter Sunday and the shops are shut…and someone has eaten all the croissants! A quick search for easy breakfast recipes unearthed this one (which looked the quickest and easiest!). Absolutely fab – thank you! Houseful of guests very happy with impromptu pancakes, maple syrup, Greek yogurt and raspberry breakfast. Recommended +++

    • Charlotte Oates

      Thanks for your lovely comment, I’m glad I was able to help with your Easter breakfast emergency!

  6. These look amazing! It says.. 298 calories per serving and I was just wondering what counts as a serving ? Thanks ☺️

  7. We have these for Saturday morning brunch, always turn out great. My youngest puts Nutella all over his though so not sure it is the healthiest , however we all look forward to them. Thanks for the recipe.

  8. Yay – made these and they turned out awesome

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