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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Brown Butter Citrus Pancakes

This is going to sound really pathetic, but I'm not sure I have too much to say today.
 It's not because I don't like you, it's because I'm kind of in a lazy-mode. Please don't be offended.
Citrus makes me feel warm and cozy. There is just something about the smell and flavors that make me want to sit by a warm fireplace.
 A week ago we and I went "skiing" in West Virginia on the first day that the resort opened for the year. We've never done such a silly thing before. Let me start off by saying that there was no snow. Zero snow provided by mother nature.
 There were only five slopes open, one of which was considered a "diamond", and it was way too easy. The man-made snow was crappy, it was 50 degrees. Oh, please. Waste-of-time. Getting away for a couple of days was really nice though.
 The best part was eating at Cracker Barrel on our way there. They have the best pancakes, ever. I can't even explain how good they are. The edges are crispy, they are so buttery.
  I am happy to say that I made these citrus brown butter pancakes today and they taste just about as yummy. They are comforting and delicious and they make you feel good.
 I've been off work for five days now. It feels good to sleep 9 hours, which is what my body naturally wants to do. I feel like I could sleep all day if I didn't tell myself "it's time to get up now".
 I think people need a weeks vacation once a year to just bake and sleep and watch trashy movies like The Beautician and the Beast. Who doesn't love a good Fran Drescher movie?
Brown Butter Citrus Pancakes
makes enough pancakes for two people, double the recipe for a larger group
3 tablespoons butter
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 large egg
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon citrus zest
2 tangerines peeled by hand and separated
1 grapefruit, peeled and segmented
1 blood orange, peeled and segmented

Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat.  The butter will foam and froth then begin to brown.  When the butter solids begin to brown, keep an eye on them so they don’t burn.  The butter will smell rich and nutty.  Cook until butter  bits are brown then remove from the hot pan and place in a small bowl.
Whisk together egg, buttermilk, vanilla extract and citrus zest.  Whisk in the browned butter.  Set aside.
In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.  Add the buttermilk mixture all at once to the dry ingredients.  Stir together with a fork until well incorporated.  If the batter is a little lumpy… well that’s just fine.
Let batter rest while you heat up the skillet or griddle pan over medium heat.  Great skillet with a teaspoon or two of oil or butter.  Spoon pancake batter by the 2 tablespoonfuls into the hot pan.  Let cook until browned on one side, flip and brown on the other side.  Place cooked pancakes on an oven-proof plate in an oven heated to 150 degrees F.  This will keep the pancakes warm while you cook the rest.
Arrange the pancakes on a plate, top with segmented citrus and pure maple syrup.


  1. Wow, I'm loving the look of those pancakes. Not to mention brown butter, mmmm. I have a sweet treat linky party going on at my blog till Monday night and I'd love it if you'd stop by and link your pancakes up. http://sweet-as-sugar-cookies.blogspot.com/2011/12/sweets-for-saturday-50.html

  2. what a great combination of flavors! i bet these were incredible!

  3. Thank you! They were pretty darn good. I'm a huge fan of browned butter though!

  4. Gotta admit I love me some pancakes! This recipe looks so fresh and inventive...will have to give it a try. Happy New Year :)

  5. The look so delicious. Perfect for breakfast on a lazy weekend.