10 American pancakes recipes and ideas for a delicious breakfast
Pancakes are one of the most common breakfast dishes all over the world. Unlike the French crepes, which are popular in Europe, American pancakes are round and fluffy, taste like sponge cake and are traditionally baked rather large, about the size of a saucer. In America, pancakes are eaten with maple syrup, chocolate sauce, berries, honey, and other sweet toppings.
Pancakes are considered to be one of the oldest types of bread and have hundreds of variations. Despite the fact that we are used to have them as a breakfast, pancakes can be eaten for lunch and dinner as well. They can be sweet or savory and served as appetizers, entrees, or desserts.
American pancake vs crepes – what are the differences?
What is the difference between French crepes (which are called pancakes in many European countries) and the American style pancakes? French-style crêpes are wafer-thin, flat and delicate while pancakes are thicker and fluffy. This is due to the fact that pancake batter contains a raising agent – baking powder or baking soda, and crepe batter does not. Size is another difference. Crepes are larger in diameter and are usually rolled or folded with the filling. The filling of pancakes is often mixed into the batter and then cooked within the pancake. We have selected some delicious pancake recipes which you can prepare at home for your family.
American pancakes basic recipe
1 1/2 cups (195 grams) all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups (295 ml) milk
1 large egg
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, plus more for skillet
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Whisk flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl.
Whisk milk, egg, melted butter, and the vanilla extract until combined.
Heat a large skillet over medium heat.
Make a well in the center of the flour mixture, pour milk mixture into the well and use a fork to stir until you no longer see lumps of flour. It is okay if the batter has small lumps. It is important not to over-mix the batter.
Lightly brush skillet with melted butter.
Pour 1/4-cup measuring cup of batter and gently spread it into a circle.
When bubbles start to appear (it takes about 2-3 minutes) flip the pancake and cook for another 1 to 2 minutes or until lightly browned and cooked in the middle.
Serve immediately with warm syrup, butter, and berries.