American Pancakes & Golden Syrup

American pancakes are something quite recent in out family life.

Last year, while waiting to board the EuroStar train from London to Brussels we have bought some from M&S, and since then they have started to join frequently our weekend breakfast menu.

I have found so many recipes on the Internet, but I must admit, the flavour was always not quite right.

We love Vanilla, and it became only natural that it should be added in the recipe. We love a delicate balance between sweet and salty flavour, so a pinch of salt and a little bit of sugar seemed only fair to be added to our home adjusted recipe.

Serves well with: blueberry jam, maple syrup, golden syrup.



  • 200g self-raising flour
  • 300ml milk
  • 1 egg
  • 150g suger
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 Vanilla
  • Pinch of salt
  • Knob of butter
  • Sunflower oil or a little butter for cooking



1. Mix the sugar, the vanilla and the egg together. Gradually add the milk to the mixture.

2. Mix together the flour, baking powder and a pinch of salt in a large bowl. Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and whisk in the milk and egg mixture to make a thick smooth batter. Beat in the melted butter.

3. Heat a teaspoon of oil or small knob of butter in a large non-stick frying pan. Drop a large tablespoonful of the batter per pancake into the pan to make pancakes about 7.5cm across. Make three or four pancakes at a time. Cook for about 3 minutes over a medium heat until small bubbles appear on the surface of each pancake, then turn and cook another 2-3 minutes until golden.


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