Saturdays & Pancakes. Pancakes & Saturdays.

August 9, 2014

Either way you look at it, Saturdays and pancakes are quite the perfect pair. And because husband and I are trying to really enjoy our free weekends together, Saturday breakfasts are turning into a thing in the Hill household. With a recent love for most things lemon, especially when it's freshly-squeezed, I wanted to try my hand at homemade lemon poppy seed pancakes. 

There was nothing to do, time was ours, and the morning was uncomplicated this past Saturday, so I took the opportunity to whip up a bowl of some scrumptious pancakes with the prettiest poppy seeds and freshest of lemons. 

  • What You'll Need:
    • 2 cups all purpose flour
    • 1/2 TSP salt
    • 4 TSP baking powder
    • 1/4 cup sugar + 2 TBSP (to add to the zest)
    • 2 TBSP lemon zest
    • 2 eggs
    • 1 1/2 cups milk
    • 3 TBSP freshly squeezed lemon juice
    • 2 TBSP butter (melted)
    • 1 TSP vanilla extract
    • 2 TBSP poppy seeds

  • What You'll Do:
    • In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, salt, 1/4 cup of sugar, and baking powder.
    • In a separate bowl, combine the 2 tablespoons of sugar with the lemon zest. To mix thoroughly use your fingers. Then add the mixture to the dry ingredients. Stir well. 
    • In a bowl or large measuring cup, add the milk, lemon juice, vanilla, and eggs. Beat/mix well. Then add to the mixing bowl of dry ingredients. Stir well.
    • Add the melted butter and the lemon poppy seeds to the batter and stirring well.
    • On medium, heat a pancake griddle/pan for the stove, spray with olive oil. Using a 1/4 cup, scoop out the batter into pancakes. Flip once the pancakes appear to be bubbly.
    • Top with lemon cream cheese glaze (recipe below), blueberries, and syrup. 

With extra freshly squeezed lemon juice, some cream cheese, confectioners sugar, and milk, you can create a lemon cream cheese glaze to drizzle over your pancakes. 
  • What You'll Need:
    • 1/2 block of cream cheese
    • 1/2 cup confectioners sugar
    • 1-2 TBSP milk (or until the glaze is thin enough to drizzle)
    • Juice from 2 lemons (or to taste)
  • What You'll Do:
    • Let the cream cheese soften (put in the microwave for 15 to 20 seconds if necessary).
    • Stir the confectioners sugar in slowly, adding the milk and lemon juice next. 
    • Taste test along the way to reach the desired flavor. 

Have a fabulous Saturday full of pancakes and the best of things!