Origins of American Pancakes

American pancakes, hotcakes, or

flapjacks are a beloved breakfast dish in the United States. Americans have enjoyed these fluffy and

delicious treats for generations, and they have even spread

to other parts of the world. The origin of American pancakes can be traced back to

the early colonists who arrived in America.

The colonists brought recipes from Europe and adapted them to

the ingredients they found in the New World. One of the key ingredients in

pancakes was flour, which was readily available to the colonists. They added

eggs, milk, and a sweetener like molasses or honey to create a rich and

flavorful batter.

Over time, American pancakes have become a staple of the American breakfast

table. They are often served with traditional accompaniments, such as butter,

maple syrup, or fruit. Many families have unique pancake recipes that

they beware and pass down from generation to generation. These recipes can

include unique flavor combinations or ingredients, such as chocolate

chips, blueberries, or even bacon.


To make American pancakes, you will need the following ingredients:

All-purpose flour200 grams
SugarTwo tablespoons
Baking powderTwo teaspoons
Salt1/2 teaspoon
Milk200 milliliters
ButterTwo tablespoons (melted)

Mix the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a bowl to prepare the batter. Whisk the milk, melted butter, and eggs together in a separate bowl. Gradually add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, stirring until combined. Avoid overmixing to ensure fluffy pancakes.

Let the batter rest for about 10 minutes, allowing the baking powder to activate and create air bubbles for light and fluffy pancakes.

Heat a non-stick frying pan or griddle over medium heat. To prevent sticking, you can lightly grease the pan with butter or cooking spray.

Scoop about 1/4 cup of batter onto the hot pan for each pancake. Cook until bubbles form on the surface, then flip and cook the other side until golden brown.

Repeat with the remaining batter, adding more butter or cooking spray as needed for each batch.

Serve the American pancakes warm with your favorite toppings, such as maple syrup, fresh berries, or whipped cream. Enjoy!


You can store your American pancakes in an airtight container to keep them longer. They can be held in the refrigerator for up to a week.

To make your pancakes last even longer, you can freeze them. Place the pancakes in a ziplock bag or wrap them in plastic wrap. Frozen pancakes can be stored for several weeks.

If you always want pancakes on hand, you can also make and freeze a large batch of pancakes. To thaw and reheat the pancakes, pop them in the toaster or warm them up in a microwave.

Another tip for making delicious American pancakes is to use Oetker Original Pancake Mix. This mix makes it easy to whip up fluffy and tasty pancakes quickly!