Behind the Apron with Mary: Lemon Poppy Seed Pancakes
By Mary McCune
Rain is a hot commodity these days. When it rains, it is safe to say that I will likely cancel all plans, or at the very least, relocate them to my house so I can sip tea and near an open window while listening to the pitter patter of raindrops in the backyard. Actually, with the high winds, it’s more like I have to stay at home sitting on the edge of my seat waiting for my fence to fall down. Regardless, the rain is still quite welcome!
I have always been early to rise and enjoy a homemade breakfast on the weekends if I am not brunching all over midtown. One of my rediscovered new favorite breakfasts is lemon poppy seed pancakes. I remember the first time I had these bad boys was during my husband’s “dirty thirty” birthday weekend. Paired with a strong cup of coffee or tea, these pancakes have the perfect amount of zest to perk you up after an evening of invigorating beer-fueled team sports or to help you gain enough energy to not spend the rest of your rainy day napping in bed.
Lemon Poppy Seed Pancakes
Difficulty Level (0-10 scale, where 10 is extremely difficult): 2/10
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Yield: 8-10 pancakes, depending on the size (about 2 Mary-sized servings)
Perfect for: Rainy Sunday mornings
- 1 cup flour of your choosing (I used whole wheat flour)
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 cup milk of your choosing (I used almond milk)
- zest of two lemons (Meyer lemons are in season right now, find a friend who has a tree!)
- juice from two large lemons
- 3 tbsp butter, melted
- 1 egg
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup poppy seeds
- Whisk together the dry ingredients, sans poppy seeds.
- In a separate bowl, blend the wet ingredients together and fold in the poppy seeds.
- Add both sets of ingredients together and mix just until combined, lumps are completely fine!
- Cook on a lightly greased griddle or pan on medium heat until lightly golden on both sides.
Adapted from The View from Great Island