Sunday Brunch – Pancakes for Brooke

Happy Fourth of July weekend y’all!  Our dear friend Brooke is quite a pancake connoisseur.  She can’t get enough she says.  Since this weekend just so happens to include both her one year wedding anniversary AND her birthday, we thought we would put together a recipe just for her (and share with you!).

White Chocolate, Vanilla, Fresh Blueberry and Orange Zest Pancake Recipe

You know you want to make some...

Lets let loose on some white chocolate, fresh blueberry and orange zest pancakes, shall we?


Basic Pancake Recipe:

  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/4 cup of low-fat organic milk (although H dog recommends whole)
  • 1/2 teaspoon organic vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cup of organic flour
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder 
    (Important note:  If you’re going big with additional acidic ingredients as we are down below, then you will want to substitute baking soda for your baking powder.  Acidic ingredients include orange zest or juice, molasses, brown sugar, etc.)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
White Chocolate, Vanilla, Fresh Blueberry and Orange Zest Pancake Recipe

Mise en place. French culinary term for "everything in place."

1.  In a medium bowl, beat eggs, milk and vanilla.
2.  In a separate medium bowl, mix your above dry ingredients.  Once mixed, create a well in the center of your dry mixture.
3.  Add your wet mixture to your dry mixture.

Mixing your wet ingredients with dry to create your pancake batter.

Creating a well in your pancake mixture helps you mix your batter together more evenly.

Pancake Batter Mixture

Here is the consistency you're looking to achieve if you're planning to add in extra yummy ingredients. If you would prefer to stick with the basic recipe, continue mixing until a few less lumps remain.

Additions (the fun stuff!):

  • 1 and a 1/4 cup of fresh blueberries
  • 1/3 cup of white chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon of orange zest

6.  Add in the above yummy ingredients. 

Pancake batter with yummy additions

Orange zest, fresh blueberries and decadent white chocolate... oh yeah!

Pancake batter

Lookin' good. We're ready!

7.  Now we’re ready to cook these puppies.  Add 1/2 teaspoon of vegetable oil (or olive oil or grape seed oil or go southern and slap down some butter!) to a 9 inch saute pan. 

8.  Turn your heat on medium low and heat your pan.  You can drop a little water to test once ready… does it sizzle?  If yes then we’re ready to cook these cakes!

Cooking temp - medium low

A peek at our setting . We currently have an electric range (and are still missing our gas from NC).

9.  We recommend you use a 1/2 cup to measure out each pancake. 

This give you a great approx. 5 inch pancake and helps keep your yield more consistent.

This measurement gives you a lovely (approx) 5 inch pancake and helps keep your yield more consistent.

10. Cooking on each side will vary with each pancake.  The first few will take longer per side while your pan continues to heat. 

When cooking pancakes, look for bubbles to form on top and then burst.  Once this is actively going, you're ready to flip!

When cooking pancakes, look for bubbles to form on top and then burst. Once this is actively going, you're ready to flip!

11.   Another tip:  Be sure to add another 1/2 teaspoon of oil to the saute pan between each pancake to ensure your pancakes do not stick and that each cooks more evenly.

Pancakes will cook faster as you go because your pan is tempering at a faster rate.

Pancakes will cook faster as you go because your pan is tempering at a faster rate.

12.  This recipe yields approx. (5) to (6) pancakes with additions, and approx. (4) if you just make the basic pancake.

Ta-da!  Birthday brunch for Brooke!  Enjoy!

Top your fluffy stack with a little powdered sugar and pure Vermont maple syrup... sooo good!

Top your fluffy stack with a little powdered sugar and pure Vermont maple syrup... sooo good!

A patriotic twist:  Reduce your milk to 1 cup, reduce your blueberries to 3/4 cup and add 1/2 cup of pureed strawberries for red, white and blue pancakes!

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3 responses

  1. I really do have the best friends on the planet! Littell family you are the best and so are your delicious pancakes! YUM is all I have to say! I hope to see you two soon! Oh! and Anslyn misses her Auntie Dre and Uncle Harri!!!

    love you two!

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