Happy Pancake Day! The time has finally come back around when each of us has the chance to stuff our faces silly with some delicious pancakes, without anyone telling us off. Growing up in my household, we always made the thin crêpe-like pancakes, which are particularly difficult to flip.

However, once I got to uni, I discovered the absolute wonders of American-style pancakes… an obsession was born! There’s just something so mesmerising about the way you can stack up the American-style pancakes that I love. They are also way more satisfying, eat five of them and you’ll see what I mean.

The big advantage of American-style pancakes is that they are extremely easy to make. And there’s no need to worry about them tearing when you try to toss them. Flipping them is also much easier because they are a little more sturdy than the thin crêpes. Moreover, because they contain baking powder, they will puff up beautifully, which gives you all the more pancake to soak up those all-important toppings, be that honey, syrup, lemon, sugar, blueberries, Nutella or anything else you fancy to accompany them with.

If, like in many homes, you didn’t have time to make pancakes this morning, then I’m sure you’re extremely excited to get home and start whipping up a batch for you and your family or friends this evening.

We’ve got the perfect American-style pancake recipe for you, which was kindly provided by Sam Smith’s mum. Sam Smith is the owner of Wayland’s Yard, a speciality coffee shop, situated on Bull St in Birmingham. They will be serving delicious pancakes all day long, so make sure you stop by after work!


200g self-raising flour
150g buttermilk
125g caster sugar
5g baking powder
1 egg
A pinch of salt
Small knob of butter


1. Place the flour, baking powder, salt and caster sugar in a bowl and stir to combine.

2. Put the buttermilk and egg in a jug and whisk until the egg is combined.

3. Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and pour in the milk mixture. Whisk together until you have a smooth, thick batter.

4. Add a small knob of butter to a nonstick pan and, once melted, add a ladleful of the batter.

5. Cook on a low heat until bubbles appear on the top. Turn and cook on the other side for a few minutes. If you have a large enough pan, you may be able to make two at a time.

6. Leave on a plate covered with foil to keep warm as you make the others.

7. Cover with your own favourite topping.