Fluffy American pancakes with cherry-berry syrup

You’ll flip over these next level fluffy American pancakes – the perfect indulgent brunch treat. Serve with our tangy cherry syrup and irresistible maple syrup and bacon.

Method

  • STEP 1 Make the pancake batter up to a day ahead, or just before cooking. Tip the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and 2 tsp sugar into a bowl, add a good pinch of salt, and combine with a whisk. Add the eggs, buttermilk, or yogurt and milk to the bowl and whisk into a smooth batter. If making ahead, cover and chill until ready to cook.
  • STEP 2 Tip the blueberries, cherries, cornflour, 2 tbsp sugar, and the vanilla into a pan, and stir until the berries are coated in cornflour. Add 1 tbsp water, then place over high heat and bubble for a minute or 2 until syrupy but the berries are still holding their shape. Set aside to cool, then remove the vanilla pod, if using. This is best served warm.
  • STEP 3 Heat the grill to medium-high and arrange the bacon on a baking tray lined with foil. Set aside. If you have a separate oven, heat this to a low setting (50C/30C fan/gas ½) with a baking tray in it (this is to keep the pancakes warm as you cook them). If not, they can sit under the bacon, just keep a close eye on them.
  • STEP 4 Heat a glug of oil in a large, heavy frying pan, wipe the oil around the pan with a piece of kitchen paper, leaving a fine coating of oil on the surface. Transfer the pancake batter to a jug. When the pan is hot but not smoking (keep it over moderate heat) pour the batter into the pan, making 7-8cm pancakes, with plenty of space between them (you should fit three pancakes in at a time). The batter should sizzle a little as it hits the pan, but not aggressively – adjust the heat if you need to. Cook each pancake until the underside is golden; by this time bubbles should be appearing on the surface and the edges beginning to set, indicating that the pancake is ready to flip over. Use a fish slice to do this. They should take roughly 2 mins on each side. Transfer the pancakes to the warm baking tray. Wipe a little more oil around the pan and continue cooking the rest of the batter in this way. You should make 12 pancakes.
  • STEP 5 When you’re halfway through the batter, grill the bacon for 4-5 mins on each side until crispy.
  • STEP 6 To serve, stack the pancakes with a dollop of mascarpone, bacon, and fruits between each layer, and serve with a jug of maple syrup.

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