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10 Recipes For Perfect Pancakes (Photos)

First Posted: 12/06/2011 8:16 am   Updated: 08/31/2012 10:48 am


Pancakes are like a blank canvas, ready to be "painted" with whatever flavors your heart (or stomach) desires -- or with whatever ingredients you may have in the fridge when the pancake mood should strike. Its neutral and fluffy base makes it a natural dish for your culinary creativity to shine.

From spices to berries, to nuts and cheeses, we have pancake recipes that use an array of different fillings -- transforming the simple pancake to gourmet status. But the best part is, should you not feel like experimenting, pancakes are also delicious without any tinkering needed, in their most basic state. With just a pat of butter and a drizzle of maple syrup, you have got yourself a breakfast fit for a king.

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  • Blueberry-Banana Pancakes

    Not often paired together -- and that is truly a shame -- blueberries and bananas make a delicious duo in this pancake recipe. The creaminess of the bananas and the juicy flavor blasts of the blueberries provide a delightful texture to this breakfast favorite. The inclusion of both these fruits gives these pancakes a natural sweetness, making it a healthy option if you decide you do not need the additional, yet delicious, sweetness of the syrup. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/blueberry-banana-pancakes_n_1059508.html" target="_hplink">Blueberry-Banana Pancakes</a> recipe</strong>

  • Peanut Butter & Jelly Pancakes

    We all know, deep in our hearts, that peanut butter and jelly are a winning combination. We grew up eating them for lunch in between two slices of white bread, we are seeing them appearing as donut and cupcake options, so it is only natural that we should take this comforting flavor combination to the breakfast plate. And what better vehicle for that than the pancake. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/peanut-butter---jelly-pa_n_1057450.html" target="_hplink">Peanut Butter & Jelly Pancakes</a> recipe</strong>

  • Orange-Ginger Pancakes With Citrus-Honey Topping

    While pancakes are almost always topped with golden maple syrup to give it that extra sweetness we all love, honey makes a wonderful alternative -- and brings in a complexity of flavor. The orange and ginger work harmoniously together, and draw out the mellow flavor notes of the honey. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/orange-ginger-pancakes-wi_n_1057447.html" target="_hplink">Orange-Ginger Pancakes with Citrus-Honey Topping</a> recipe</strong>

  • Banana-Walnut Pancakes With Maple-Cinnamon Brown Butter

    If you are a fan of banana nut bread, then this is the perfect pancake recipe for you. The bananas add a welcome creaminess to the fluffy pancakes, and the nutty, crunchy walnuts throws in a nice kick. The maple-cinnamon brown butter topping ties it all together. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/banana-walnut-pancakes-wi_n_1057448.html" target="_hplink">Banana-Walnut Pancakes with Maple-Cinnamon Brown Butter</a> recipe</strong>

  • Chocolate Pancakes

    This recipe is for all you chocolate lovers out there: Forget just adding chocolate chips to your 'cakes, take it to the next level and make full-blown chocolate pancakes. Chef Marcus Samuelsson says he's traveled with this recipe all over the world and the pancakes are always a hit. The pancakes are easy, though Samuelsson cautions that "chocolate never responds well to high heat," so take your time when you cook the pancakes. Watch the video of Samuelsson making the pancakes. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/chocolate-pancakes_n_1057387.html" target="_hplink">Chocolate Pancakes</a> recipe</strong>

  • Cinnamon Polenta Pancakes

    Cinnamon and polenta are the unlikely stars in this dish, and they play off of each other beautifully. An added bonus: Using polenta (cornmeal) in addition to white flour in these pancakes makes them especially satisfying, as the ground whole grain delivers lots of fiber and a good amount of protein. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/cinnamon-polenta-pancakes_n_1058326.html" target="_hplink">Cinnamon Polenta Pancakes</a> recipe</strong>

  • Cranberry Pancakes

    Cranberries are in season for such a short period of time, that it is nice to take advantage of them while you can. And let's be honest, most of the time we buy cranberries, we are just throwing them into a pot with suger to be made into a sauce. In this recipe, cranberries get to play a new role, and they truly shine. Their natural tartness provides a nice break from the normally sweet 'cakes. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/cranberry-pancakes_n_1056567.html" target="_hplink">Cranberry Pancakes</a> recipe</strong>

  • Basic Buttermilk Pancake

    Classic dishes always get made over with all kinds of bells and whistles -- and we are certainly grateful for it. But even if we can have our pancakes with roasted Italian almonds and shaved dark chocolate from Belgium, sometimes we would rather have them plain -- because they are almost just as good in their basic form. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/basic-buttermilk-pancakes_n_1057446.html" target="_hplink">Basic Buttermilk Pancake</a> recipe</strong>

  • Blueberry And Lemon Zest Whole-Wheat Pancakes

    Blueberries, lemon and whole wheat come together to take this decadent classic into the healthy realm. If you opt to skip out on the traditional butter and syrup, you have got yourself one very healthy breakfast; and if you decide to indulge on the fixings, you can at least give yourself a pat on the back for getting some whole grains into your morning meal. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/blueberry-and-lemon-zest-_n_1057078.html" target="_hplink">Blueberry and Lemon Zest Whole-Wheat Pancakes</a> recipe</strong>

  • The Breslin's Ricotta Pancakes With Orange Syrup

    When ricotta is added to pancakes, you are almost guaranteed that your pancakes will not dry out, but will be moist and fluffy. These extra light pancakes are topped with an orange syrup, making a very light and elegant breakfast recipe to turn to again and again. <strong>Get<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/the-breslins-ricotta-pan_n_1058745.html" target="_hplink"> The Breslin's Ricotta Pancakes with Orange Syrup</a> recipe</strong>

  • WATCH: Curtis Stone Makes Blueberry Pancakes

    Curtis Stone takes you through the step-by-step guide of making his delectable blueberry pancakes. You can apply the helpful tips you pick up from Stone on pancake making to the rest of the pancake recipes. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/blueberry-pancakes-with-b_n_1055891.html" target="_hplink">Blueberry Pancakes with Blueberry Compote</a> recipe</strong>

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