The Classic American Pancake Recipe With Bacon And Maple Syrup

Shrove Tuesday is upon us and this year we’re celebrating with an amazing American Pancake recipe from Joe Josland, Kent- based food photographer.


200g plain flour

2 Tbsp sugar

2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda

1 tsp sea salt

475ml  buttermilk (plus more as needed)

1 large egg

3 Tbsp melted butter, cooled

1 Tbsp vegetable oil

As much streaky bacon as you can take!

Warm maple syrup

American Pancake Recipe



  1. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.  In a separate bowl, whisk together buttermilk, egg, and melted butter.
  2. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients, pour the buttermilk mixture into it, and gently whisk until just combined – batter should still be lumpy.  Cover and let rest in the refrigerator for 30-60 minutes.

3. Spray a large cast-iron or nonstick pan with cooking spray, and heat over medium-low heat, increasing to medium heat after 5 minutes.  Pour 1/8  batter (depending on how large you want your pancakes) into the pan, and cook for 1-3 minutes.  Once the edges of the pancake become dull and bubble/holes form on the top of the pancake, check to make sure the bottom is brown, and flip, cooking for another 1-2 minutes.

4. For the bacon, cover a baking tray with greaseproof paper and lay out your streaky bacon. Give it a good twist of black pepper and place it in the oven at 200 degrees Celsius for 10-15 minutes or until starting to sizzle and crisp on the edges. Take it out of the oven and brush with maple syrup before returning to the oven for another 5 or so minutes until sticky and gorgeous. Then, devour with a good drizzle of maple syrup on top of the stack.


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American Pancake Recipe