Now that brunch with friends has become a weekly ritual, I realize that the list of pancake types are endless. Red Velvet pancakes, ricotta, pancakes with bacon in them, etc. There are so many! You could definitely recreate that at home, but what if you are feeling lazy? Here is a great way to jazz up the flavor just enough to feel like you are eating something different (recipe adapted from carnaldish.com). So let’s get started.
Lemon Vanilla Pancakes
1 cup pancake mix (use the kind where you just add water)
1 vanilla bean (if you want to spend about $13. I skipped this!)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 tsp lemon zest
1/4 tsp cinnamon
maple syrup (who knew Smuckers made maple syrup!? It was very good)
Heat your stove or griddle to medium high. In a large bowl, whisk together the pancake mix, cinnamon and lemon zest.
If you decide to use the vanilla bean, split it down the middle. Use the edge of your knife to scrape the beans out into the bowl.
Add the water and vanilla extract and mix well. Don’t over mix because you want light, fluffy pancakes. Take 1 stick of butter and draw a circle on the hot pan (great tip from carnal dish). This will prevent you from wasting too much butter.
Repeat with every pancake. Flip the pancakes when you start to see bubbles, after about 2 or 3 minutes. Stack your pancakes with a little slice of butter in-between. I like to warm up my syrup for about 10 seconds in the microwave. I recommend pouring the amount of syrup you want in a small container and then heating it up.
I was so pleased with the outcome! It’s just nice to have something different for a change and it doesn’t require a lot of work! Most of my Saturday morning consisted of me looking up more recipes and catching up on TV shows. By the way…this month’s issue of Food Network Magazine has some great recipes. Balsamic glazed french fries, and breakfast tarts coming soon!