Here’s what you need to make the pancake batter.
- all purpose flour
- melted butter
- baking powder
- a pinch of salt and sugar
The amount of the ingredients depends on how many pancakes you want to make. The batter should be thicker for American style pancakes; it should drip from the spoon. The French style or crepes call for a batter that flows from the spoon. And now we can begin.
1. Blueberry Pancakes
Let us start with a classic – the blueberry pancakes. I never miss a blueberry season without making those, and neither should you.
Prepare the batter for American pancakes. Wash the blueberries. Take one ladle of the batter and place on a greased pan. Quickly arrange the blueberries over the pancake and then turn. Bake the pancake on both sides. Serve sprinkled with powdered sugar or any other way you like.
2. Strawberry Pancakes
These are a bit fancy, but taste really amazing. Besides the ingredients for pancakes, you’ll also need fresh strawberries and whipped cream or vanilla ice cream – or both, why not?
Make your pancakes any style you prefer, both versions go perfect with strawberries. If you’re making crepes, fill them with ice cream and sliced strawberries, roll them up and serve with whipped cream. For American style – arrange your pancakes in a tower, placing the layer of strawberries between each piece. Serve with ice cream or whipped cream.
3. Forest Fruits Pancakes
The idea here is to serve regular pancakes with homemade forest fruit topping. Just take your fresh or frozen forest fruits, add some sugar and put on a stove to cook. Leave until the mass thickens and pour over your pancakes. Leave some of the fruit for garnishing. This also goes perfect with vanilla ice cream.
4. Banana Choco Chip Pancakes
Well, this is not really mixing pancakes with fruit only, but I have to tell you that banana choco chip combination is so much better than only banana.
Squash a banana or two with a fork and add this to your pancake batter. Add choco chips too, and bake your pancakes. Serve with sliced bananas and maple syrup. Oh yeah, and don’t make these too often. They are delicious but quite rich in calories as well.
5. Apple Cinnamon Pancakes
When I first made those a friend of mine asked me if I actually wanted to bake muffins instead of pancakes. She couldn’t get her hands off them once she’s tried them.
These call for American style explicitly. Chop or grind some apples and add them, together with the cinnamon, into your pancake batter. Bake and serve with apple sauce or maple syrup. You’ll be surprised how delicious they are.
6. Dried Fruit Pancakes
I comfort myself with these pancakes during the winter, when I long for fresh apricots and all other summer fruits. And they are the perfect comfort food.
Take all the dried fruits you like, or can get your hands on. I use raisins, dates, prunes and dried apricots. Chop them finely and add them into the pancake batter. Bake the pancakes and serve with maple syrup. I warn you – you’ll eat a lot more than you planned to.
7. Crepes Suzette
These come in the end of the list, because quite frankly they are not really easy to make. These are the famous French style pancakes – delicious and very fancy.
You’ll need to make the batter for crepes and to get: 100gr of sugar, 35gr of butter, 150ml of freshly squeezed orange juice, 3tbs of Grand Marnier, 2tbs of brandy and 1 whole orange.
Bake the pancakes and fold them into triangles. Put the sugar with 1tbs of water in a pan and let it melt. Add butter and cook until golden brown – watch out not to burn it. Add orange juice, some ground orange peel, Grand Marnier and brandy. Simmer for a couple of minutes and add one folded crepe at a time. Dip each crepe in the sauce. If you’re skilled – flambé the crepes. Serve your crepes Suzette with the sauce and orange wedges.
Well, these are my favorite recipes for pancakes with fruit. I hope you like them and I strongly encourage you to try them all.
Let me know how they turned out.