Strawberry Pancakes

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I never liked pancakes growing up (the syrup made them too soggy, I preferred waffles) but I like them now mostly because they’re easy to whip up on a Sunday morning, especially if you have one of the following dairy items on hand: buttermilk (most preferable), regular milk (also preferable) or, as I learned today, sour cream and half and half (not preferable, but certainly good).

Yes, to make pancakes you just mix a bunch of dry ingredients together (flour, sugar, baking powder, salt) and then a bunch of wet ingredients (milk or buttermilk or sour cream, eggs, melted butter), and then you add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, heat some butter in a nonstick skillet and fry up the pancakes a few at a time. Only, as I discovered today, you can also add a mystery ingredient. Sometimes the mystery ingredient is chocolate chips, other times the mystery ingredient is coconut. Today the mystery ingredient was strawberries!

Funny how when you have an impulse to do something, like add strawberries to pancakes, you look for validation that your idea is ok online (at least I do). I Googled “strawberry pancakes” and saw several recipes and I knew it was ok. And sure enough, after making them and eating them, it was more than ok: it’s a terrific way to use up seasonal strawberries that you bring home from the farmer’s market and don’t know how to use.

I figure at this point in the post you’re probably wondering: “are you going to give us a recipe?” And normally, I’d say: “No, just do any pancake recipe you like and add sliced up strawberries at the end” but instead I AM going to give you a recipe in the style of Star Wars opening credits. Enjoy!

Note: the Star Wars opening credit sequence no longer works, so here’s the recipe I used from Stella Bites. All you do is fold in sliced up strawberries at the end–use your eye to gauge how much to add!

1 cup flour

2 tablespoons sugar

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 eggs (I used 1 egg and the following egg substitute: 2 Tbs. water |1 Tbs. oil | ½ tsp. baking powder)

1/2 cup sour cream

1/2 cup water

1/2 tsp. vanilla

2 tablespoons butter, melted

Sliced strawberries (about 1 cup)

Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in large bowl. Combine eggs, sour cream, water, and vanilla in medium bowl. Whisk in melted butter. Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients. Stir until moistened. Fold in sliced strawberries.

Preheat griddle skillet over medium heat; grease lightly. Pour about 1/4 cup butter onto hot griddle for each pancake. Cook until tops of pancakes are bubbly; turn and cook until browned.

33 comments

  1. If my pancaks looked like that i would throw them in the trash. I would never serve then to anyone.

  2. LOL! This is exactly why I love your blog so much. Thanks for making my Monday morning tolerable!!

  3. Mabel, you could eat them yourself without serving them to anyone. Why go for the most radical solution at once, i.e the trash?

    Jacquie

  4. Huh. I thought these pancakes looked really appetizing because they appear similar to my family’s favorite homemade buttermilk pancakes, except with the delightful addition of the strawberries. I will have to try this soon!

  5. I was taught never to throw food away… starving children in third world countries and all.

    If they’re yummy, who cares?

  6. You know, perhaps Mabel is right.

    But I think you should give them to me RIGHT THIS SECOND, forget the trash.

    Seriously, I’ll take them off your hands.

    (Seriously, THEY LOOK DELICIOUS, DAMN!)

  7. I made pancakes yesterday and contemplated putting strawberries in them for about 5 minutes, but decided on topping them with caramelized bananas instead.

  8. Mabel: Then a lot of people would probably hate your pancakes. I think those look delicious!

    I’ll have to try your very creatively displayed but hard to copy/paste and print (=P) recipe when I get home with some of the raspberries I’ve been storing in my freezer.

  9. Mmmm pancakes…definitely a “whatever’s in the fridge” kind of breakfast. I sometimes do blueberries, or bananas, or chocolate chips, but also mix up the batter: yeasted, whole wheat, cornmeal…the possibilities are endless, and delicious!

  10. Mabel, what’s a pancak?

    I dunno, they look pretty tasty to me. Besides, I’d rather have tasty ugly pancakes than pretty and flavorless ones, and I’d rather serve guests tasty food than gross or boring food, regardless of how pretty it looks.

  11. Those pancakes look like the ones my Opa used to make on camping trips (on a cast-iron griddle over an open fire). That is to say, they look like pancakes are supposed to look. The pancakes at IHOP (perfectly golden, symmetrically stacked) may look great, but they taste like dish sponge.

  12. HEYYYYYYY, all I see is this

    Not Found

    The requested URL /embed_s.php was not found on this server.

    Additionally, a 404 Not Found error was encountered while trying to use an ErrorDocument to handle the request

    come on.. I really wanted that recipe.

  13. HEYYYYYYY, all I see is this

    Not Found

    The requested URL /embed_s.php was not found on this server.

    Additionally, a 404 Not Found error was encountered while trying to use an ErrorDocument to handle the request

    come on.. I really wanted that recipe.

  14. Although Mabel is a pancake elitist, a few of those on the left are serveable. I would really like to see a photo of Mabel’s pancakes that would make the cut. Either way, delicious.

  15. Those pancakes look especially homemade and bring back wonderful thoughts of breakfast in the morning with my mom making pancakes and us eagerly anticipating them. If I wanted perfect in apperance, I’d go to a resteraunt. When I want perfect in taste, I want those!

  16. Pancakes that look like that remind me of the first batch that would be presented to the table when I was a kid. They look like the cozy days of home- and with strawberries, to boot!

  17. Ever considered little dishes of syrup on the side? You can dunk each bite, which would leave them crispy.

    Those pancakes look magnificent. I’d eat them. Happily.

  18. Wow. I support visually appealing food but that IS harsh. (I’m lousy at flipping pancakes myself, so I call them “X-Men pancakes” so my guests will be fooled–briefly–into thinking I MEANT to make them look mishapen.) I thought they look perfect. I like my pancakes a little crispy (not crunchy) on the outside and soft and moist on the inside.

    Besides, you weren’t serving those in a restaraunt, so why does it count anyway?

  19. Those pancakes look exactly like the matzo meal pancakes my mother used to make. Makes my mouth water just to think of ’em.

  20. Mabel is mentally ill and this is her problem. Come on, be nice about it. And give me all of those pancakes while you are at it.

    Alicia

  21. Perhaps Mabel needs to use her spell check before leaving a negative comment such as that. She misspelled 2 words. Also, if you’re looking for perfection, maybe you shouldn’t be reading the AMATEUR gourmet.

  22. how about… meyer lemon and blueberry pancakes….mmmmm yummy!!!

    although my hubby says that the fruit should never go in the pancake, only on top… i beg to differ… (=

  23. Wow, AG it must feel pretty great to have such dedicated readers defend your pancakes. It’s one silly comment, and she’s entitled. When I saw your pancakes I thought they looked great because of what I imagine are crispy edges. I love that in a pancake.

  24. Adam, your pancakes look just like the ones my Nana made for us when we were little (and still does if we whine and beg enough when we visit) – nice and crispy around the edges….mmmmmm. I think you should invite us all over for pancakes sometime soon.

    Love your blog man!

  25. Your pancakes look beautiful, and you took a gorgeous picture of them. Note the powdered sugar! Note the bright red fresh strawberry garnish! You worked hard on these, I can tell. I’m throwing MABEL in the trash! Right now, here I go….*stuff*

  26. Well two things: At no point should the addition of strawberries, more importantly any berry for that matter, be a question of discussion with pancakes. If you like them include them. Pancakes are like any dough once you stop add moisture to the recipe in the form of liquid it doesn’t matter. So the final product won’t change from the original. Second, those pancakes looked like an autistic kid with one arm manufactured them working a line at Denny’s. Note to poster, stop worrying about plating with strawberrys and sugar, worry more about the overall presentation!

  27. Seconding the sadness of not being able to view the actual recipe. I mean, I use bisquick mix most of the time, so being able to break away from that would be nice.

    And I think they look delicious. What’s up with all the hate? :(

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