American-style pancakes from Christopher's Grill

Elevate pancakes to something special with this recipe from Soho diner Christopher's Grill

Christopher's Grill pancake recipe

Makes 12

Preparation time 20 mins

Cooking time 10 mins

Flour, eggs and milk, right? Wrong. Well, not exactly wrong, but doing pancakes the simple way feels like something of a missed opportunity when you could be tucking into a stack of soft, bouncy American-style ones. Soho diner Christopher's has got it down to a near art – see the recipe below (or go there yourself if you don't fancy washing up).


  • 500g plain flour
  • 6 tbsp baking powder
  • 5 tbsp sugar
  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 150ml buttermilk
  • 150g unsalted butter, melted
  • clarified butter for cooking


  1. Mix the flour, sugar and baking powder in a bowl. Add the eggs and the buttermilk, mix together, then add the melted butter. Whisk, and leave it to rest (if you have time) to become aerated.
  2. Heat a large non-stick frying pan on moderate heat. Add a touch of clarified butter into the pan. Add a small ladle of batter to the pan. Cook for about three minutes, until bubbles appear on the surface, then flip it over and cook for a further three minutes.
  3. Transfer the pancake to a plate and keep it warm while you're making the rest of the pancakes. Serve with a knob butter, maple syrup and sweet-cured bacon.