RECIPE: Fabulously Lazy Lemon & Vanilla Bean Pancakes
these are amazing. seriously. the vanilla bean and lemon add such a distinct sweetness to the pancakes that you just have to experience. feel free to leave out the lemon if you don’t have it. they’ll still be good as fuck. you can add these ingredients to your own homemade pancake recipe if you prefer, but i for one, did not feel like making homemade batter today…plus i didn’t have any buttermilk. but fuck it. this shit is still bomb.
- 1 cup pancake mix (i used Hungry Jack Buttermilk mix, the kind you just add water cuz im lazy)
- 1 vanilla bean
- 1 1/2 tsp lemon zest (or the zest from a half a lemon, you can use the whole lemon, it’s up to you)
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- water (how much or how little is totally up to you)
- maple syrup (the real shit)
heat your griddle or whatever you use to make your pancakes.
In a bowl, toss in your pancake mix. You can use more if you have a larger family to feed or if you’re just a hungry muthafucka.
Toss in the cinnamon and lemon zest.
Take one vanilla bean and split it down the middle with a sharp little knife. use the back edge of the knife to scrape the beans out in one smooth stroke motion. vanilla beans are a little sticky so take your time with this if it’s your first time working w/ them. don’t throw away the scraped up stalk because you can flavor stuff with it, such as liquors and sugars.
Add your water and vanilla extract. mix til all the ingredients come together. don’t over mix. this can lead to tough rubbery pancakes. you want light, fluffy pancakes.
here’s the secret to getting beautiful golden edges…take a stick of butter and peel back the paper about an inch. draw a circle on your hot griddle and immediately pour the pancake batter on top of it. this gives the pancakes a beautiful golden, buttery color and flavor. do this with every pancake. make sure your griddle/pan is hot but not scorching. you will burn the fuck outta your pancakes. when in doubt, cook over medium heat. i use the highest heat setting on my electric griddle though, because it’s the perfect temperature for pancakes.
Flip when you see bubbles…for me, this takes about 2 minutes or so. ONLY FLIP ONCE!!! unless you like a rubbery ass pancake, don’t over-handle them. if you’re unsure of when to flip, gently lift a corner of the pancake and check the color.
Stack, add a little butter to the top of the stack if you want, you don’t have to add much cuz they’re honestly buttery as fuck already…drizzle your warm maple syrup on top and basically eat them shits.