The best pancake recipes ever - Pancake Day

Is there anything better than a lazy Sunday morning in bed followed by stacks of fluffy pancakes that we can decorate to our hearts' delight? To make sure you go into pancake Tuesday all prepared, we rounded up our favourite pancake recipes and hacks in this post. Ready, set, get baking!

The basic ingredients for pancakes are: flour, egg and milk. It really depends how thick you like them, but the rule of thumb is that the more baking powder you add, the more they will rise. The ingredients below will make enough pancakes for 3 people.


  • 2 cups plain flour

  • 1 cup milk

  • 1 egg, beaten

  • 1 tsp baking powder

  • ½ tsp salt

  • 2 tbsp caster sugar

  • some butter for cooking

Basic Instructions for American style pancakes

  1. Mix flour, baking powder, salt into a large bowl.

  2. In a soup bowl whisk together the milk and egg.

  3. Pour the milk mixture into the flour mixture beat until you have a smooth batter making sure there are no lumps.

  4. Let the batter stand for a few minutes (this will help activate the baking powder).

  5. Heat a non-stick frying pan over a medium heat with some butter.

  6. Add a ladle of batter (or two if your frying pan is big enough to cook two pancakes at the same time).

  7. When the top of the pancake begins to bubble, turn it over and cook until both sides are golden brown.

  8. You can keep the pancakes warm in a low oven, but they taste best fresh out the pan.

  9. You can then add whatever topping you fancy.

American style pancakes

These are the most commonly known type of pancakes. They are large in size and while you could stack them up high, you won't be able to down more than two. American pancakes are most commonly served with maple syrup and crispy bacon rushers.

However, you can also drop in some blueberries or simply drizzle them in maple syrup and add chopped bananas like we have done below!

Photo: Jenny Kakoudakis, Seasons in Colour

Buttermilk pancakes

These are made exactly like the above but are even fluffier. Just replace plain milk with buttermilk. Here we have our buttermilk pancakes filled with strawberry yogurt and fresh strawberries. They are utterly delicious and oh-so-fluffy!

Photos: Jenny Kakoudakis, Seasons in Colour

Photos: Jenny Kakoudakis, Seasons in Colour

German oven pancakes

If you don't like the smell of butter burning away in the pan but still want pancakes, try making them in the oven. German style oven pancakes need more eggs and take 5 minutes to put together plus 15 minutes to bake in the oven.

On the plus: no need to be over them while they are baking. However you need to have a cast iron skillet to place the butter in and bake in the oven. Our favourite recipe for German pancakes is by The Recipe Critic and you can find it here.

Photo: The Recipe Critic

Japanese 'souffle" pancakes

If you think that size matters, then look no further than these extra thick Japanese style pancakes. You will need to make up your own little moulds if you don't have any handy, and you will also need some Japanese mayo and buttermilk for them.

The author of our favourite recipe is Shihoko of Chopstick Chronicles and the full recipe can be found here.

Photo: The Chopstick Chronicles

Greek Yogurt pancakes

Add Greek yogurt to the recipe for some extra protein that will make you fill full for longer. In this take by Live well bake often, chocolate chips are also added to get the kids happy!

Photo: Live well bake often

Peanut Butter Pancakes

How crazy good do these stacked high pancakes by Spicy Southern Kitchen look? Truly decadent if you ask us! This recipe will require some peanut butter and small chocolates for garnish!

Photo: Spicy Southern Kitchen

Lemon Poppy Pancakes

If chocolate is not your thing, how about some light lemon poppy pancakes? They will fill the cravings without making you feel too guilty! We saw Joy the Baker's recipe on Bloglovin and thought you might like to try it too!

Photo: Joy the Baker

And for a gluten free take on this recipe, try this from A Couple Cooks. We definitely recommend you give this one a go, because, not only does it fulfil many dietary needs being gluten free, it is also the result of a lot of trial and error trying to make it super filling and giving you energy for hours!

Photo: A Couple Cooks

Lemon Ricotta Pancakes

Perfectly flavoured with fresh lemon and just a hint of vanilla are also these Lemon Ricotta pancakes from Baker by Nature. The added bonus of this recipe? It's freezer friendly! Ricotta is an Italian cream cheese that you can find in every medium/large super market in the cheese isle.

Photo: Baker by Nature

'Dreamy' blueberry Pancakes

Another real gem brought to us by Baker by Nature are these blueberry pancakes. Dust them with a bit of brown sugar and keep them moist with extra syrup on top. You will need sour cream for this recipe.

Photo: Baker by Nature

Skinny Oreo Pancakes

If you are after a stack of chocolatey heaven without having to think about the calories then this one from It's cheat day everyday is one for you. The skinny oreo pancake recipe needs whole wheat flour as well as oreos and 15 minutes of your time. It's under 200 calories for a serving of 3 pancakes!

Photo: It's cheat day every day

Orange blossom cream pancakes

While the butter ingredients are the same as what you would use for plain american pancakes, you need to also add orange blossom essence and the zest from one orange. But what really put this recipe apart is the cream filling made from a mix of mascarpone cheese, craime fraiche, vanilla essence and honey. Delicious! All thanks to Jet and Indigo.

Do you have a go-to recipe for Pancake Thursday? Share it below with us!


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