Thick & Fluffy American Pancakes

Thick & Fluffy American Pancakes are always the pancakes for me. Deliciously light & fluffy and fantastic accompanied with crispy bacon and maple syrup. These make the most amazing weekend brunch.  

Have you had American Pancakes before?

I love American Pancakes because they are so thick and fluffy! Traditionally in the UK, people tend to make crepe style thin pancakes. I can’t speak for everyone, but growing up we did only tend to have these on Pancake Day!

I first came across American pancakes when we went on a family holiday to America (obviously). Back then I don’t think it was very common for people in the UK to consider having bacon with pancakes. This is because people associated pancakes with the thin crepe style pancakes which were covered in lemon juice and sugar. 

I am a fan of a thin crepe with lashings of Nutella but I am really quite rubbish at making them. Maybe it is because I prefer Thick & Fluffy American Pancakes and this means I just haven’t practised the other kind enough.

Since our first trip to America it has become a tradition in my family to have Light & Fluffy American Pancakes and bacon for breakfast on Christmas Day; after all Christmas is all about indulging! My Mum bought an American pancake maker which plugs in and can be put on the table so the pancakes can be cooked there and then without someone being stuck in the kitchen or the pancakes getting cold. She makes the batter up and can then cook six little pancakes at the same time.

What to serve with Thick & Fluffy American Pancakes

Whenever I make these pancakes, I always serve them with bacon. Pancakes and bacon are such a classic combination that you really must try if you haven’t already. The common accompaniment is maple syrup, but I’m afraid it’s a bit too sweet for me! Instead I eat mine with tomato ketchup which I know isn’t to everyone’s taste. 

These Thick & Fluffy American Pancakes are the perfect brunch dish and definitely shouldn’t be just kept for Pancake Day! If you prefer sweet pancakes, try my Blueberry & Lemon  American Pancakes

What would you eat your American Pancakes with? Do you like bacon and maple syrup or something else?


5 from 2 votes

Thick & Fluffy American Pancakes

Thick & Fluffy American Pancakes are always the pancakes for me. Deliciously light & fluffy and fantastic accompanied with crispy bacon and maple syrup. These make the most amazing weekend brunch. 

Course Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine American
Keyword American Pancakes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Resting time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 476 kcal
Author Curly


  • 135 g plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp caster sugar
  • 130 ml milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tbsp butter melted and allowed to cool slightly
  • spray oil


  1. Melt the butter in short bursts in the microwave and then set aside to cool slightly 

  2. Sift the flour, baking power, salt and caster sugar into a large jug

  3. In another jug whisk together the milk and egg before adding the melted butter and whisking again

  4. Pour the wet mix into the dry mix and whisk until you have a smooth batter. If you have any lumps, just keep whisking until they disappear

  5. Let the batter stand for a approximately 15 minutes

  6. Heat a non-stick frying pan over a medium heat and spray with oil. When the pan is hot, add a ladle of batter to the pan. If your pan is big enough you can add two at the same time

  7. When the top of the pancake begins to form small bubbles, it is ready to flip onto the other side. In total it should cook for roughly a couple of minutes on each side until golden brown

  8. Keep going until you have used up all of the batter making sure you spray the pan with more oil before you add more batter. The cooked pancakes can be kept warm in a low oven or under some kitchen paper

Nutrition Facts
Thick & Fluffy American Pancakes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 476 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Cholesterol 142mg47%
Sodium 754mg33%
Potassium 449mg13%
Carbohydrates 68g23%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 15g17%
Protein 12g24%
Vitamin A 615IU12%
Calcium 208mg21%
Iron 3.8mg21%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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11 thoughts on “Thick & Fluffy American Pancakes

  1. Pingback: Blueberry & Lemon American Pancakes – Curly's Cooking

  2. Jacqui Bellefontaine

    I have never made eaten a pancake with maple syrup and bacon I really must try this. I occasionally make them for a weekend breakfast so maybe next time looking at your pictures certainly makes me want to try it.

  3. Sarah

    We often have American pancakes with either bacon or halloumi or occasionally both. I like mine accompanied with either maple syrup or brown sauce.

    I find pancakes are enjoyable with, lemon & sugar, chocolate spread, chocolate spread & peanut butter, chocolate spread & sliced banana (are you spotting a theme?).

    I also enjoy galettes (French buckwheat pancakes) particularly with mushrooms in a cheese sauce.

    1. Curly Post author

      I’ve not heard of having pancakes with halloumi before, different but I’d like to try it! Haha a theme of delicious things! I haven’t tried galettes but they sound tasty 🙂


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