These classic American-style pancakes are made extra-fluffy with the help of two raising agents: baking powder and self-raising flour. Follow our simple pancake batter recipe using basic pancake ingredients plus maple syrup for a touch of sweetness. This fluffy pancake recipe is perfect for a leisurely brunch or Shrove Tuesday celebration.

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  • 150g self-raising flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 1 large egg
  • 150ml milk
  • ½ tbsp maple syrup, plus more to serve
  • 1-2 tbsp butter, plus more to serve


Pancake mix recipe:

  • STEP 1

    Put the flour, baking powder and a pinch of salt in a bowl. Whisk to combine and aerate the flour slightly. Make a well in the middle, crack in the egg and pour in the milk and maple syrup. Whisk to form a thick, smooth batter.

To cook the pancakes:

  • STEP 1

    Heat a non-stick frying pan over a medium heat and add 1 tbsp butter. Brush around the base of the pan, and pour any excess into a small bowl – you only want a small film on the base of the pan or the pancakes will crisp at the edges, rather than being a uniform golden brown.

  • STEP 2

    Add 2-3 tablespoons of batter to form small-medium pancakes, about 10cm wide. Do this in batches to ensure the pancakes don’t stick together during cooking. Fry for 2-3 mins until bubbles rise to the surface, and the sides look set. Flip and cook for another 1-2 mins until golden on both sides. Keep warm in a low oven or on a warm plate while you make the rest – you should get six pancakes. Repeat with the remaining butter and mixture until all the batter is used up. Serve in stacks with more maple syrup and butter.

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