Friday, November 14, 2008

Pecan Pancakes

Pecan PancakesAre you ready for the weekend? I am. These are a great way to start a Saturday morning, after a cuppa latté. The crunch from the pecans and cornmeal make these pancakes extra tasty. Top with the best maple syrup you can find, and you're all set for a great brunch.

I've only recently become a fan of pancakes. Up until recently, I always thought they were doughy on the inside and tough on the outside. That was before I learned there were other settings on the burner besides Max. Now, I cook them slowly and patiently making sure the insides cook to the perfect consistency. I also only like pancakes with lots of flavor, not the basic buttermilk version. Pumpkin, gingerbread, and these pecan pancakes are my favorite. I'm a picky pancake eater, and I'm not ashamed to admit it!

You could use different nuts and substitute whole wheat flour for the all-purpose.

Just for Fun


Makes 9 4-inch pancakes

Pecan Pancakes½ cup quick cooking oats
½ cup cornmeal
2 cups buttermilk (or 2 cups milk plus 2 tablespoons lemon juice)
1 egg, beaten
1 tablespoon oil
1 cup flour
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon orange zest, grated
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup pecans, chopped

Combine oats and cornmeal with buttermilk. Let stand for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in egg and oil.

Combine flour, brown sugar, orange zest, baking soda, and salt. Add to the first mixture, stirring until smooth. Stir in pecans.

Spoon about ¼ cup batter onto a hot nonstick griddle or nonstick skillet sprayed with cooking spray. Turn pancakes when tops are covered with bubbles and edges look cooked.

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    Steph said...

    mmm.. pancakes! That's something I haven't had in a long time.. we don't even have a grill for it. The pecan addition sounds delicious!

    I'm glad you figured out our grill.. if only I can figure out why it' so difficult to find a good white cake recipe!

    Manggy said...

    That is awesome. I'm glad you've finally rediscovered the joys of the perfect pancake ;) I like mine quite soft on the inside (nearly undercooked), and crusty on the outside. Weird, huh? Maybe I ought to eat breakfast more...

    The video is funny! I got alarmed that he was whisking it too much, though. Till I realized that he's English and crepes to them are pancakes, and pancakes are drop scones :)

    Katie said...

    Yum! I love a big plate of pancakes on a chilly fall morning.

    Joie de vivre said...

    I want pancake man to come to my house!

    Anonymous said...

    Too late for these this morning, and no buttermilk in the house and I never remember what it is that you add to milk to get it to be buttermilk and figure it won't be as good as real buttermilk anyway, so am thinking tomorrow morning...yep...tomorrow morning. Great post. Can you fill the freezer with these? Seriously, have you frozen them and reheated in the toaster or something later for a quick version for the kids on school mornings? Just wondering...I can so see it going there here...that Matt could put a couple of these in the toaster and eat them out of hand on his way to swim practice at 4:30 a.m. He never eats butter and syrup on them anyway....

    Gretchen Noelle said...

    Ummm...can I come over? :)

    Anonymous said...

    omg PECAN pancakes?! insane! i'm just getting around to breakfast now, but I don't have any pecans in the house...but pancakes still sound good!

    Anonymous said...

    Hey, welcome to the pancake party! I actually made the same discovery as you not too long ago, and my entire pancake world changed.

    But pecan... now, that sounds fantastic. These are going on my list. And then... maybe pecan AND pumpkin?

    Anonymous said...

    This sounds like an awesome holiday breakfast- definitely worthy of a special occasion.

    CookiePie said...

    Those look great! I love the oats-orange zest-pecan combo. Have to try these!

    grace said...

    my mom, lover of all things pecan, would adore these. i wouldn't push the plate away either. :)

    Anonymous said...

    O gee O my! I loove pancakes! I live to eat pancakes! I mix fresh strawberries and whipped cream as toppings! Mmmmm..... sooooo yummy!

    Maria said...

    I love a good pancake and these look terrific!

    Snooky doodle said...

    wow yummy i love pancakes especially in weekends were i have more time to make them special :)

    Anonymous said...

    Oh wow. Cornmeal and pecans. I am in heaven, right? I have been searching for a really good pancake recipe that uses cornmeal for years. Seriously, years! And lo and behold here is a recipe that looks superb. I am going to make these right NOW!

    Jacque said...

    Those look so hearty and flavorful. Yum!

    One of my favorite pancakes is basic pancake dough, and add diced apple pieces that were tossed in cinnamon and sugar.

    That video is awesome!

    Anonymous said...

    I'm always on the look-out for new pancake flavors, these sound delightful. Pecans are so tasty, their sweet and buttery flavor has to taste great in those pancakes!

    Shari said...

    steph - I just use a non-stick frying pan to make pancakes.

    manggy - Do English people call crepes pancakes then? I should find out.

    katie - They're a nice treat now and then.

    joie de vivre - Not to film, though!

    kayte - I'm pretty sure the substitution is 1 cup of milk with 1 tbsp of lemon juice. I imagine you could freeze them (like Eggo does!). I've never tried that tho. Let me know how it works if you do that.

    gretchen noelle - Sure!!

    dessertobsessed - They're delicious!

    hanne - I like your idea of pecan and pumpkin!

    hannah - You're right!

    cookiepie - They're tasty!

    grace - Hope you make them sometime!

    foods to lower cholesterol - That's a great topping too.

    maria - Thanks!

    snooky doodle - They are a great weekend treat!

    lynn - How did it go?

    jacque - Apples, cinnamon and sugar in a pancake sounds amazing!

    sophie - They're delicious!

    Thanks, everyone, for dropping by and leaving a comment!

    Linda said...

    I'm a total pancake fiend! I've never really made pancakes at home, as my fav breakfast spots make really delicious pancakes. Your post is now inspiring me to try this at home...perhaps this weekend! :)