Old-Fashioned Pancakes with Blueberry Syrup

Old-Fashioned Pancakes with Blueberry Syrup
Pancakes with Blueberry Syrup
Zov Karamardian
Pancakes with Blueberry Syrup

When it comes to breakfast, sometimes only the fluffiest, most decadent pancakes will do. This recipe is fun to make, easy to eat, and guaranteed to get raves from the whole family. You can add half a cup of fresh or frozen berries or freshly sliced bananas to the pancake batter for extra flavor and texture. If buttermilk is not available, substitute whole milk, yogurt, or sour cream instead, although the results may not be as tender. 

6
Servings
1049
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Notes

Recipe courtesy of Zov Karamardian.

In addition to her critically acclaimed flagship restaurant in Tustin, Calif0rnia, Zov Karamardian owns and operates restaurants in Newport Beach, Irvine, Anaheim, and two at John Wayne Airport.  She has authored two best-selling cookbooks, Simply Zov and Zov: Recipes and Memories From the Heart, each of which have sold 50,000 copies. She credits her mentor and dear friend, Julia Child, with guiding her hand in completing these projects.  Her passion for the culinary arts extends to hosting cooking classes at the restaurants with guest chefs like Emeril Lagasse, Carla Hall, Michael Symon, Todd English, and Anne Burrell.  She has been honored by the James Beard Foundation and the International Association of Culinary Professionals, among countless others.  She is a frequent guest on TV shows, and has appeared on Food Network, CNN, EXTRA, and more.

 

Ingredients

For the Blueberry Syrup

  • 4 (6-ounce) baskets fresh blueberries, rinsed, divided
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt

For the Pancakes

  • 2 ½ cups unbleached all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups buttermilk
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest or orange zest (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

For the Blueberry Syrup

Place 3 baskets of the blueberries and all of the orange juice, maple syrup, sugar, lemon juice, orange zest, and salt in a heavy medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir until the sugar dissolves, the mixture simmers, and the blueberries begin to split, about 8 minutes. Remove from the heat. Using an immersion blender, puree the blueberry mixture in the saucepan until it is thick and smooth. Stir the remaining 1 basket of blueberries into the warm syrup and set aside.

Do-Ahead Tip: The blueberry syrup can be made 2 to 3 days ahead. Store it in a jar and refrigerate. Rewarm the syrup in a small saucepan over low heat or in the microwave before serving.

For the Pancakes

Whisk the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl to blend; set aside. Whisk the buttermilk, melted butter, eggs, lemon zest, and vanilla in another large bowl to blend.

Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the liquid mixture. Fold until the batter is evenly moistened but with many lumps. The batter will be thick and lumpy. Do not stir the batter or over-mix it. Allow the batter to rest for at least 5 minutes before making the pancakes.

Preheat a heavy nonstick griddle pan over medium heat. Working in batches, drop batter onto griddle by 1/4 cupfuls. If necessary, spread the batter with the back of a spoon to form a round shape. Cook until bubbles appear on top and the bottom is golden brown, about 2 minutes. Turn the pancakes over and cook until the bottom is lightly golden brown, about 1 1/2 minutes. Transfer the pancakes to plates. Spoon the blueberry syrup over and serve immediately.

Zov’s Kitchen Note: Do not flatten the pancakes with a spatula or turn them more than once or they will become tough and heavy.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
36g
51%
Sugar
26g
29%
Saturated Fat
13g
54%
Cholesterol
24mg
8%
Carbohydrate, by difference
160g
100%
Protein
18g
39%
Vitamin A, RAE
96µg
14%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
7mg
9%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
8µg
9%
Calcium, Ca
234mg
23%
Choline, total
24mg
6%
Fiber, total dietary
8g
32%
Folate, total
281µg
70%
Iron, Fe
8mg
44%
Magnesium, Mg
54mg
17%
Manganese, Mn
1mg
56%
Niacin
10mg
71%
Pantothenic acid
1mg
20%
Phosphorus, P
694mg
99%
Riboflavin
1mg
91%
Selenium, Se
21µg
38%
Sodium, Na
1402mg
93%
Thiamin
1mg
91%
Water
54g
2%
Zinc, Zn
2mg
25%

Pancake Shopping Tip

What’s the difference between brown and white eggs? Besides color, nothing – different breeds of chicken account for the differences in color – quality and freshness are what really count.

Pancake Cooking Tip

In addition to keeping foods like granola, yogurt, and fruit on hand, plan ahead for hectic weekdays by whipping up extra batches of waffles or pancakes and individually freezing them for easy morning meals.