Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Lemon Pancakes with Strawberry Compote

Today IHOP is celebrating National Pancake Day (you couldn't miss it with all the free pancake ads). It is usually Fat Tuesday, the day of Mardi Gras to finish up milk and eggs in the house before the start of Lent. And I had pancakes on my mind the whole day. By evening I was decided on what I was going to make for dinner - pancakes.
Last summer while visiting Boise I had lemon pancakes with huckleberry syrup at this delightful bistro. They were super delicious and like biting into a lemon sponge cake with sweet huckleberries. These were the inspiration for today's pancakes. The lemon bursts through the pancake and fills your senses. Its like a bright spring day in your mouth. The strawberry compote compliments the pancake beautifully. It is a surprising sweet to the lemon. 
Make these for breakfast or brunch and enjoy!

Ingredients:

Pancakes:

1 1/4 cup AP flour
3/4 cup buttermilk
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon melted butter
Zest of a lemon
Juice of a lemon
Butter for cooking
Pinch Salt
Few drops vanilla extract

Strawberry Compote:

1/2 tablespoon butter
12-15 Strawberries
5-6 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

For the compote, cut the strawberries into 4 pieces. Heat butter in a thick bottomed vessel and add the strawberries. Saute for a minute and add the sugar and vanilla. Cook for another 6-7 minutes till the strawberries are a little softened and the sugar makes a strawberry syrup.

For the pancake, mix all the dry ingredients together. Mix the buttermilk, butter, lemon and vanilla. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and mix gently till it is just combined. Do not over-beat as this will make flat pancakes. Heat a pan, coat with cooking spray or some butter. The pan should not be too hot. Pour a ladle full of batter into the pan. When bubbles start to form and you can easily lift the pancakes, flip them and cook till they are golden on the other side.

Serve with strawberry compote, on the side or poured on top. Enjoy them warm!

8 comments:

Rachana Kothari said...

The Pancakes make me drool! and I love strawberry compote:) awesome!

Priya said...

Citrus flavoured pancakes looks yummy, those strawberry compote looks marvellous and beautiful dish together..

Jagruti said...

Yummy and mouthwatering pancakes!!

Pari said...

Hi. Thanks for the info on pancake day..a perfect breakfast item, looks so good.

Sanjana said...

Wonderful! How could anyone resist? When can I come over for breakfast? :) Perfect eggless pancakes!

J said...

they look very inviting!

Padhu said...

I am craving for it now .Looks yummy!
http://padhuskitchen.blogspot.com/

Michele said...

Wow! These pancakes look so delicious, and I love the strawberry compote!

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