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Berry Meyer Lemon Pancakes

February 8, 2010

Berry Meyer Lemon Pancakes

Can I let you in on a little something?

I don’t live in the cool Los Angeles neighborhood that all my friends live in…

I have more matching spatulas than I do matching bath towels.

I still can’t seem to commit to buying myself a couch.

My bedroom bookcase seems to be made up of one part books and three parts dust.

I tell you all of this to let you in on the fact that I’ve been feeling domestically restless these days.  The kind of restless that has had me daydreaming about moving into a downtown loft that I can’t afford.  The kind of restless that has had me daydreaming about decorating a downtown loft that I can’t afford with expensive furniture that I also can’t afford.

Not being able to afford your daydreams?  Torture and motivation.  Together.

This weekend I decided… get this… that it’s all ok!

I took to my kitchen with my rubber gloves, bleach spray and a few rags and I scrubbed and organized like I’ve never done before.  Yes, it’s just the kitchen.  No, I couldn’t get to my whole apartment.  But the scrubbing and organizing helped me remember that my humble little apartment, in the uncool part of town, is pretty darn sweet.  I don’t need the fancy loft and the expensive furniture.  I just need to make my little spot in the world a little brighter… with bleach.

And the pancakes this weekend helped too.  Tremendous.

Berry Meyer Lemon Pancakes

Berry Meyer Lemon Pancakes

I can’t seem to leave well enough alone when it comes to pancakes.

Berries.  Meyer lemon zest.  Buttermilk. Sweetened Meyer lemon mascarpone.  Delicious breakfast treat.

Berry Meyer Lemon Pancakes

Berry Meyer Lemon Pancakes

8-10 pancakes, enough for two

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1 egg

1 cup flour

1 Tablespoon sugar

zest of 1 Meyer lemon

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup buttermilk

2 Tablespoons butter, melted and cooled slightly

1 cup fresh blueberries or raspberries (thawed and drained berries work well too!)

oil or butter for cooking

Berry Meyer Lemon Pancakes

In a small bowl rub the lemon zest into the granulated sugar until pale yellow and fragrant.

In a large bowl, whisk together the egg, buttermilk and butter.  Add the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.  Stir until just combined.  The batter may be a bit lumpy.  That’s better than overmixing the batter.  Fold in the berries with a few strokes.  Not much stirring necessary.

Heat a griddle pan or a cast iron skillet over medium heat.  Add a teaspoon of oil or a dab of butter and heat through.  Add 2 heaping tablespoons of batter to the pan.  Heat until bubbles form and start to pop.  Carefully flip over and cook through.   Place cooked pancakes on an oven proof plate and let rest in a 200 degree F oven while you fry the rest of the pancakes.

Top pancakes with maple syrup or mascarpone sweetened with a dash of powdered sugar and the juice of one Meyer lemon.


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  • Love this, yes although my abode is a bit smaller than most of my friends as well it’s filled with lots of love and furry friends to greet. it’s amazing what a little house cleaning can do for the soul. I can’t wait to try these pancakes!
    Gina

  • I totally agree with you! We don’t need all that fancy shmancy stuff! Just a little spot to make us happy :)

    Delicious looking pancakes!!!

  • Thanks for sharing. These look so good. I wish I had time during the week to whip-up pancakes before work. I’ll have to wait for the weekend to try these babies.

  • Doesn’t bleach make it all better?
    These pancakes sound amazing and I love that you love them!

  • Wow, these look amazing! I know what you mean too, some things just get a little dull but a little clean up and some delicious pancakes defiantly do the trick!

  • Hey, that’s cool that you can stay so optimistic about it! I have never had either Meyer lemons or mascarpone, but those pancakes look good!

  • Mascarpone on pancakes. Delicious!

  • I had no choice but to reorganize the kitchen, as we are renovating. As for the couch? Who cares? If you are making delisciousness like that, I could forgive you for not having a couch!

  • I reorganized, clean and ‘decorate’ when I’m restless too! Sometimes just getting things in a different position, changing out pictures and moving my pretty canisters to a different spot helps so much.

    Just bought a Delongi toaster/convection oven online…looking forward to reorganizing when it comes in the mail. A fresh vantage point for things makes me feel…fresh. Ah!

    LOVE pancakes! Love your blog! :)

  • I absolutely agree… sometimes your own scrubbed counter and organized spice shelf is just the best place in the world, even if it’s not in the fancy neighborhood. And especially if there’s meyer lemon mascarpone sitting on it. oh..my…god.

  • looks so delicious!! beautiful recipe!
    i have had lemon ricotta blueberry pancakes at a place in Manhattan called sarabeth’s kitchen…they were amazing :]

    xx
    Eliza

  • I know what you’re saying about all that! My couch is a hand me down with and it’s wearing a cover that’s always everywhere else. Wrinkle city.

    These look absolutely amazing though! I need some meyer lemons in my life, but mostly in my pancakes.

  • Love your positive attitude Joy! Now I can’t let my hubby see this because then he may expect me to clean…
    I love meyer lemons – bet these are fabulous!

  • I’ve only been in my new apartment 3 weeks but I’ve already cleaned the kitchen more times than I can count on my fingers. Who needs sleeping tablets when you can go to bed knowing you have a pretty kitchen?

    I don’t know what a meyer lemon or marscapone is but I’m still sitting here trying to work these pretty little things into my life, like, my tomorrow life.

  • Good idea, I should reorganize my kitchen too, I always buy new tools and now there is no space anymore… but maybe I should wait and bake something nice instead!
    XXX

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