The Perfect 4-Step Pancake Recipe

Happy Pancake Day!

If you’re like me and are always on the hunt for the perfect, slightly thick and fluffy pancake recipe, today’s your lucky day. I found this easy, adaptable recipe online from BBC Food. I enjoyed mine today with leftover blueberries in the batter, drizzled with honey and sliced banana on top. You can thank me later 🙂

What you’ll need:

  • 135 g plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • half a tsp of salt
  • 2 tbsp caster sugar
  • 130ml milk
  • 1 large egg lightly beaten
  • 2 tbsp of slightly cooled down melted butter or olive oil, plus extra for cooking

Basic Method:

  1. Sift the flour, caster sugar, salt and baking powder into a bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg and the milk together, then the olive oil (or butter).
  2. Pour the milk, egg and oil mix into the flour mixture and beat until you have a smooth batter. Let this stand for a few minutes.
  3. Over a medium heat, start heating oil or butter in a non-stick frying pan. When hot/melted, add 2 spoons (or 1 ladle) of the batter. This makes small-medium thick pancakes – adjust as you like. When the top of the pancake starts forming bubbles, flip it over and cook until both sides are a beautiful golden brown colour.
  4. Repeat step 3 until your batter is finished. Add toppings of your choice and serve.

It’s really that simple! Check out the full recipe below for a more detailed method:

Fluffy American pancakes recipe by Louisa Carter (BBC Food) – Full recipe (all recipe credit goes to BBC Food)

My tips:

  • I use olive oil instead of butter in step 1 and 3 for a (slightly) healthier alternative!
  • In step 3, the butter/oil can get slightly burnt and cause the pancakes to turn a darker colour. Clean the pan slightly of the burnt butter/oil off the heat to avoid this.
  • The recipe tastes nice enough in a plain batter, so extra ingredients aren’t really needed, but adding blueberries as the original recipe suggests adds a great pop of flavour.
  • Toppings! Adding strawberries and banana slices (sometimes blueberries too) is always my go to. I sometimes place them in a separate bowl beforehand, coat them in honey then spoon that all on top. The coating of honey specifically on the fruit adds a sweeter taste!
  • I’ve noticed there’s a little ‘Recipe Tips’ section below the original recipe which I hadn’t seen before. Be sure to check this out too! Next time, I might try the buckwheat pancakes with the cinnamon and the caramelised apples if I have more time.


All pictures are my own unless stated otherwise.

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