Lemon Poppy Seed Pancakes (via Picky Cook)
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I am a huge fan of lemon poppy seed muffins. When I saw this recipe that converted that muffin into pancake form, I was hooked and knew I had to make them as soon as humanly possible which turned out to be a couple nights later for “brinner” (thank you, Scrubs).
Get ready because this next tip is going to change your baking world…always, always, always make citrus zest sugar whenever your recipe calls for zest of any kind. Rub the zest into the sugar until it smells like an orchard in your kitchen and the sugar and zest are nice and mingled. The essential oil in the zest permeates every grain of sugar, ensuring that your baking is consistently flavored all throughout.
A pleasant touch of lemon was evident in every bite of these pancakes and was accentuated by the threads of zest. Poppy seeds lend a satisfying crunch to an otherwise soft and fluffy pancake. Buttermilk is an absolute must when making pancakes. The tart bite and body it adds to the batter is unmatched.
Lemon and blueberry is a classic combination, in my opinion. I made a simple blueberry sauce with just a hint of agave, squeeze of fresh lemon juice, and some water and simmered it while I flipped the pancakes. Using fresh fruit eliminates the need for much sugar, making these an appropriate main course in my book.