The Anti-Recipe – American Pancakes

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After the scandal of last week’s Chicken Fajita Anti-Recipe, I thought I’d put a little bit more effort in this week and do some actual cooking.

But then I remembered I’m not really a fan of cooking, so Rob did it instead. Hooray!

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When Rob and I went on our American Roadtrip last year, we became accustomed to brunch. Brunch is a highly underrated meal that we simply don’t enjoy enough here in the UK – that little pocket of time between breakfast and lunch is prime for food consumption. Especially if said food consists of bacon and maple syrup.

Since the Roadtrip, I’ve had to switch back to regular-person eating during the week (muesli just does NOT compare)… but weekends are another story entirely. This Saturday, we had a lie-in, pottered about for a bit then made a classic brunch – American-style pancakes with bacon, blueberries and maple syrup. Here’s how…

You will need:
– 135g flour (some recipes call for self raising but we used plain with no issue)
– 1 teaspoon baking powder
– 1/2 teaspoon salt
– 2 tablespoons caster sugar
– 1 large egg
– 130ml milk
– knob of melted butter
– 4 rashers of streaky, smoked bacon

To serve:
– Blueberries
– Maple syrup

Get cooking:
– The measurements for this dish are based on this recipe, but it’s best to mix it all up and tweak ’til you’re happy. Start by chucking your flour, baking powder, salt and caster sugar into a bowl. You can sift it in if you want, but it takes forever and gets EVERYWHERE, so I always skip that bit.
– In a separate bowl, whisk your egg and milk together then add in your butter. Throw in (carefully, mind) your flour mixture and combine the two, like this:

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(Just in case you’re not sure what a mixing bowl should look like)

– You might want to add more milk at this stage – Rob is Pancake Mix King and he decreed more milk was needed to loosen the mixture. Add a bit, give it a whisk, see what you think.
– Heat a little more butter in a frying pan and pour in a bit of your mixture. Not sure how to do that? Here’s a handy gif:

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– Let your mixture cook for a couple of minutes then flip it over and do the other side. Repeat until you’ve used all your mixture. Feel free to make your own gif of this step and send it to me.
– Pile your pancakes on a plate and cover with foil so they don’t go cold.

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– Put your bacon rashers into the frying pan and cook ’til crispy. Assemble everything on various plates and bowls and transfer to your table setting…

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– Serve yourself a stack of pancakes, add bacon, blueberries and pour over maple syrup. Eat. Enjoy!

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Looking at these photos makes me want to slam-nom this brunch all over again. Yum!

What do you think – are you a fan of bacon and syrup or are you still to be initiated?


Maria Fallon

American pancakes with crispy bacon are THE best thing to have for brunch- I agree that muesli just doesn’t compare!

Maria xxx


Oh yes big fan of pancakes/bacon/syrup. We often go for brunch on a Saturday as I do parkrun at 9am so will have eaten porridge at 7am. So by 10:30ish we’ve had a wander around town and are ready for some pancakes/brioche toast etc 🙂


I have another top tip for making this recipe even easier – I buy pre-cooked crispy bacon from M&S, then when I’m making the pancakes I layer the bacon between them so it warms the rashers through while you cook the rest of them! Means no washing up greasy pans or oven trays 🙂

Emily Jayne

One of my favourite foods! I just can’t seem to convince the boyf on the bacon/syrup/fruit combo though! (Which is odd, because he’s quite the bacon fan!)


YUM! I think I could definitely get used to brunch. Americans also properly value sweetcorn and peanut butter, two of my favourites that are vastly under rated in the UK. We should all eat the American way! x

Dana Shepard

Feels like opening up a food truck catering to all the above recipes as shown on Eat Street Fox Traveler. Just joking. Making a dish and eating a dish are two separate entities, though.

Victoria Talia

These pictures are so pretty, it almost makes me want to eat this. I’m American but not a fan of pancakes, bacon, eggs, all the typical stuff. The only pancakes I like are from McDonald’s, haha. But oddly enough, I have been having the desire to make blueberry pancakes and give them another chance. xx


Mmmmmm those pancakes look delicious! I definitely need to make them soon. I really love the navy plate & bowl with the white stars. Do you happen to remember where you got them from? Thanks!


Two tips for best American-style pancakes/drop scones:
1) Substitute buttermilk for the milk (you might also reduce the baking powder to 1/2 tsp and add 1/4 tsp baking soda). This will give a nice tang and eliminate any baking powder bitterness.
2) Don’t over mix. Try and bring the wett and dry parts together in as few strokes as possible. Over mixing makes for gummy and less fluffy pancakes.
I’m already looking forward to pancakes with lemon curd and blueberries tomorrow morning.


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