Lemon Blueberry Pancakes – Homemade Pancake Mix Two Ways

Lemon Blueberry Ricotta Pancakes
Lemon Blueberry Ricotta Pancakes, and Homemade Pancake Mix – recipes in post

Pancakes are like happiness. They’re warm, and fluffy, and melting, and sweet… they’re like pillows of flavor, clouds of yumminess, and make weekend mornings say *sunshine*, even if they’re really cloudy and grey. I mean, come on… they’ve got the word ‘cake’ in them!

That’s why I wanted to make pancakes this weekend. Here, in Michigan, in the heart of winter… I could use a little sunshine!

Lemon Blueberry Pancakes, 1/3

I’m as supportive of local, seasonal ingredients as the next foodie, but after a month or two without warmth and sunlight I get a hankering for fresh fruits and summer produce such that I throw up my hands and pay the exorbitant prices for a pint of simple berries… but I don’t regret it. Blueberries, you were so worth it!
I also reach for citrus during the winter, because it’s not only available year-round, but cuts through the grey skies and kicks the winter blahs in the behind. Lemons are like ninjas, in that way. Behind-kicking ninjas.

I’ve included two recipes in this post – one for Make-Your-Own Pancake Mix, which I like to have on hand for busy weekday mornings, and one for these Lemon Blueberry Pancakes, which are a perfectly decadent weekend treat.

Honey Comes from Bees, Apples from Trees, but Pancakes come from Heaven
My apron which says, “Honey come from bees, apples from trees, but pancakes come from heaven” – it’s only my favorite apron ever!

Most mornings I’m in no mood to measure, whisk, whip, or otherwise use any brain-power to prepare my breakfast. Which explains why you don’t see a whole lot of breakfast recipes around here. But that’s where this homemade pancake mix comes into play! Making it up before-hand is easy and inexpensive (and way better than store-bought), and means that I have it on hand for those busier mornings when all I have the energy for is to mix in some eggs and milk.

This mix is ideal for buttermilk pancakes, but if you’re like me you probably don’t always have buttermilk on hand… so let me share with you a little trick: Add a splash of white vinegar (about a TBSP) to a 1 cup measure. Fill the cup with regular whole milk, give it a little stir, and let it sit for 3-5 minutes to sour while you grab the rest of your ingredients. Viola, buttermilk!

This is hands-down the best pancake mix I’ve used, which makes me think store-bought mixes are doing something funky to their ingredients… because all it is is flour, leavening (baking powder/soda), salt, and sugar. I mean, come on… how easy is this? Too easy, that’s how.

Homemade Pancake Mix
Homemade Pancake Mix

Make-Your-Own Buttermilk Pancake Mix

Dry Mix
3 cups all-purpose flour (could probably be subbed with other kinds of flour, but I haven’t experimented with any)
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
3/4 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1-2 TBSP sugar, depending on how sweet you like it (I don’t use much sugar in the mix, because I know I can always add more later).

To make (serves 2-3)
1 cup of mix
1 cup of buttermilk (or whole milk mixed with a splash of white vinegar)
1-2 eggs (I like two, but that’s just personal preference)
2 TBSP melted butter
Splash of vanilla extract, or other flavoring
Fruit/berries, nuts, chocolate chips, or any other add-ins you like – optional

Dry mix: Whisk together all ingredients, and store in an airtight container in a dry place for up to several months (or to the expiration date of your baking powder, whichever comes first). I like stick a label to the side with directions for preparing, so I don’t have to remember any measurements.
To make: Beat the eggs and stir together all wet ingredients. Add to the dry ingredients, and mix until just combined (don’t worry if there are some lumps, try not to over-mix). If you’re using any fruit, nuts, or other add-ins, mix them in at the end. Lightly grease a pan or griddle over medium-high heat, and pour the batter in 1/4-1/2 cup amounts. Watch for bubbles to break on the surface of the pancake, then flip and cook on the second side until lightly browned. Finished pancakes can be kept warm in an oven preheated to it’s lowest temperature until ready to serve. Serve with butter, syrup, fresh berries, powdered sugar, etc.

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Having a good basic pancake mix on hand is great for busy mornings, but on the weekends I’m perfectly happy to take my time, especially if it means making something a bit decadent. Whipping the eggwhites for these is an extra little step that is well worth the effort, and a dollop of ricotta in the batter adds a whole ‘nother level of lusciousness. I chose to top mine with honey instead of syrup, because I like the way honey and lemon and blueberries play together. Maple syrup, agave, or a bit of powdered sugar would do fine as well.

I chose to use lemons and blueberries because they suited my mood the best. It may not be very original, but it sure is tasty! Other combinations of citrus and fruit would work just as well, though (think, orange & strawberry, lemon & raspberry, lime & blackberry…). The possibilities are endless!

Lemon Blueberry Pancakes, 2/3
Lemon Blueberry Pancakes

Lemon Blueberry Ricotta Clouds (I mean… Pancakes)
Inspired by Sunday Brunch by Betty Rosbottom, via Juanita’s Cocina
Serves 3-4 (small servings, but filling)

1 cup buttermilk pancake mix (recipe above)
2 eggs, separated
1 cup whole milk
3/4 cup full-fat ricotta cheese
1 1/2 TBSP lemon zest (or orange or other citrus zest)
1 TBSP lemon juice
1 tsp. vanilla extract
3-4 drops almond extract*
Pinch of salt
1 pint blueberries, fresh or frozen, plus more for garnish (or other fruit/berry)
Butter or oil, for the pan

*I like to use a tiny bit of almond extract in my pancakes. It isn’t enough to make them taste ‘almondy’, but rounds out the flavor and adds a little extra something… shh! It’s my secret ingredient!

Method
1.    In a bowl or glass measuring cup, combine the milk and lemon juice. Set aside.
Measure the pancake mix into a separate bowl, and set aside.
Separate the eggs, and place the whites into a very clean glass or metal mixing bowl, or the bowl of your stand mixer, and set aside.
2.   Mix together the egg yolks, ricotta cheese, lemon zest, and extracts. Add in the milk and lemon juice mixture, and stir well. Pour into the bowl of pancake mix, and stir until just combined (don’t worry about any lumps).
3.    Using a hand or stand mixer, beat the eggwhites along with a small pinch of salt to medium-stiff peaks. Gentle fold half of the whipped eggwhites into the pancake batter to lighten it, then the rest of the eggwhites. Fold until well-combined, but try to work gently to keep the whites from deflating.
4.   If you’re using frozen berries, toss them with a spoonful of flour, or more pancake mix – this will keep them from streaking your batter, and prevent them from sinking to the bottom. Add your berries to the batter, mixing gently.
5.    Heat a skillet or griddle over medium-high heat, and grease lightly with butter or oil. Pour or ladle the batter in 1/4-1/2 cup portions, and cook 2-3 minutes, or until the edges begin to set up. (Note: Because of the ricotta in the batter, you probably won’t see any bubbles on the surface of the pancake to tell you when it’s time to flip. When you think they might be ready, use your spatula to peak under the edge and see if they’re browned.) Flip, and cook for another 1-2 minutes, or until golden. Serve with fresh fruit, honey, syrup, powdered sugar, or whatever you like.

Lemon Blueberry Pancakes, 3/3

Congratulations, it’s officially the weekend – one bite of these and it doesn’t matter what day it is!

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13 Responses to Lemon Blueberry Pancakes – Homemade Pancake Mix Two Ways

  1. Foodie Stuntman January 7, 2013 at 5:27 pm #

    There’s a bunch of smart things about this post I want to discuss with you separately, but I will share this with Mrs. Stuntman because she loves pancakes and I am tired of the storebought mixes which are such a rip-off.

    • Willow January 7, 2013 at 5:29 pm #

      Thanks, Foodie! I feel the same way… way over-priced for some very basic ingredients. :)

  2. corrie January 7, 2013 at 5:38 pm #

    Perfect timing! I made grody pancakes last night for dinner and promised my kiddos I’d look for a perfect pancake recipe today! I didn’t have to search long. You were inspired.
    Thanks much.

    • Willow January 7, 2013 at 9:09 pm #

      Wow, good timing indeed! Glad to be helpful. :)

  3. Mary Palumbo Collings January 7, 2013 at 6:38 pm #

    Those look really great, and as usual , your photos are beautiful… Love the saying on your apron…Happy 2013

  4. Courtney J January 8, 2013 at 4:07 am #

    Yummmmmm! Cannot wait to mix up a batch of the mix and make pancakes this weekend. Love that apron! So cute!

  5. Sunday Morning Banana Pancakes January 8, 2013 at 8:53 pm #

    Beautiful pancakes Willow! Love, love the apron :) Hahaha behind kicking Ninjas, love it – okay really I love this whole post the apron, the pancakes, the behind kicking ninjas – you got it going on here!

    ….and it just occurred to me that I should totally make up a batch of pancake mix considering I make pancakes just about every Sunday :)

  6. Willow January 8, 2013 at 11:37 pm #

    Heheh, thanks! Pancake mix is just so easy… really, whatever recipe you like to use you can probably just multiply the dry ingredients and mix them together.

  7. Eric January 10, 2013 at 8:53 pm #

    Hi Willow and happy new year 2013! We posted a round-up of soup recipes presentations for Eat Well 101 ( http://www.eatwell101.com/style-my-food-10-lovely-soups-presentations-ideas ). I wanted to let you know that we were happy to include one of your recipe picture in this list. Of course we credited your blog and linked back to the recipe. Please let me know if it’s okay. Thanks for your time!

    Eric Brandy
    http://www.eatwell101.com

    • Willow January 11, 2013 at 1:19 am #

      Wonderful – thank you for letting me know, and yes, it’s okay! I’ll have to check out some of those other soups, they sound so yummy. Thanks again!

  8. Purabi Naha January 11, 2013 at 9:33 am #

    Flavourful and healthy – can’t get any better! I’ll have to save this recipe since this is tried and tested. This is absolute visual treat !! I am sure this must have tasted fabulous! http://cosmopolitancurrymania.blogspot.in/

  9. Kelly Blackwell January 19, 2013 at 3:36 am #

    I know what I’m making on Sunday!!!! You are so awesome. I am glad that there are talented cooks like you around. I would be lost. :) Dropping by from Harvest of Friends blog hop: http://heresmytakeonit.blogspot.com/

    • Willow January 19, 2013 at 7:00 pm #

      Yay – thank you! I hope you enjoy the pancakes. :)

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