I waited until almost the last minute to make the pancakes for this week’s Baked Sunday Mornings assignment. For one thing, mornings are usually not a good time for me to take on a project – I’m definitely not going to make pancakes before work during the week, and weekends are scheduled around mornings at the coffee shop and long runs. Can’t mess with that.
The obvious solution was pancakes for dinner. So that’s what we did. Larry wasn’t overly thrilled at the prospect of orange pancakes (some sort of aversion to orange and sweet things), so I used two Meyer lemons and one orange instead.
So, the pancakes. They’ve got some leavening in them to make them nice and fluffy. And buttermilk for tang. I got wet and dry ingredients ready while the butter softened up.
The recipe calls for clover honey. I’m going to be nitpicky here and say that the best honey for the honey butter is whatever variety you like best. I think clover honey is awful. Maybe I’m a honey snob. But to me it tastes sweet without character. It’s the most generic variety of honey there is. If there was suddenly a worldwide shortage of all honey except for clover honey, I’d eat it, because it’s honey, after all. But I’d gripe about it, for sure.
Anyway – the butter. Honey butter for the top, it’s just butter and honey whipped together. I used salted butter because pretty much everything is better with salt. And avocado honey, which is dark and complex and not too sweet. Fit for my fluffy citrus pancakes.
I made a half recipe of the pancake batter since there are only two of us – it scales down nicely. I was worried that it would still make too many pancakes, but oh my god these are so delicious I could have eaten an entire batch myself. They’re perfect. Fluffy and just mildly citrus-y, and super tender. These are pancakes I’d make any day – they’re that easy, and that tasty.
For the recipe and to see how the other Baked Sunday Mornings bakers fared, head over to Baked Sunday Mornings.
- Orange Pancakes with Honey Butter (Baked Occasions, p. 175)