Ending the week with a stack of fluffy buttermilk pancakes with chamomile cream and gingered strawberries just feels good!
It has been such an awesome week, filled with so many new things. I’ve had so much fun doing different work stuff this past week…talking at my first conference in Utah, cooking up recipes live on Today in Nashville, and now on to some fun surprises in San Diego. It’s been crazy, and of course at times I have been totally stressed, but I could not be happier with how everything turned out. That said, I am also SO freaking happy it is Friday! I’ve been on five different airplanes in the last five days and in three different states, hanging in Utah with amazing readers, running around Nashville gathering up groceries and booze for my segment on the show, and then making my way to San Diego very late last night. Meaning I am just a wee bit tired…and totally ready for some sunshine, a giant hug from my mom when she gets here today, and a BIG stack of pancakes.
Always, always ready for pancakes, which is why I am pretty excited that this pancake stack lined up so well with this particular Friday. It just feels very right for today. Like even writing this post just feels relaxing. <–pancakes = relax mode. duh.
Plus, Mother’s Day is Sunday and as you guys know, my momma loves a stack of pancakes like no other. And I really do mean like no other.
I can’t say exactly what my plans are for Mother’s Day just yet, because a certain someone will be reading this, but I’m hoping I can pull something fun together this Sunday. What are you guys up to?
I am really hoping that your Mother’s Day plans include at least one brunch and a least one stack of pancakes…because really, it’s the best way to start off Mother’s Day, and really any Sunday for that matter. I mean, right?
So a little story real fast? You guys know when you’re super stressed and you call up your mom and you vent? Well, that was one hundred percent me on Tuesday night before I left for Nashville. I was basically a giant ball of nerves and before I could really even admit that I was anxious I was just in a foul mood and my mom totally got the brunt of it. Thankfully she is the most understanding woman and just gets when I am in “that” mood…she’s only been dealing with it for 23 years now. YIKES (I still can’t believe I am 23). I ended up calling her that night and getting a good vent out and then feeling a million times better, because somehow moms just know all the right things to do and say. She listened when I needed her to listen and gave encouraging words when I needed them most.
And this is just one of the many reasons why we all need to be spoiling the heck out of our moms this weekend. Those of us who are lucky enough to still have our moms in our lives know that they are eternally there for us, no matter what the issue, or how old we are, they’ll always be the best.
AND I clearly think pancakes are the way to any mom’s heart. At least that’s the case with my mom, and she’ll be the first person to tell you that. In fact, she’d take pancakes, especially these buttermilk pancakes, over just about any other gift I could ever buy her.
Again though, she’s literally pancake obsessed. No joking here.
ANYWAY, aside from these being great for this Sunday, these are actually great for any Sunday, and every day in between. I really wanted to give you guys a base pancake recipe, and this buttermilk pancake recipe is the perfect one. It’s in my rotation of go-to pancake batters and probably one of the ones I make most often (the other one is in the Half Baked Harvest Cookbook).
And the best part? This recipe is SO simple. I use a mix of buttermilk and plain greek yogurt to keep the pancakes extra light and fluffy. I go heavy on the vanilla and add just the smallest pinch of cinnamon to bring a nice warmth to them. Even on their own, right off the grill, these pancakes are just so good. But…
I of course like to top them. I don’t always make a chamomile whipped cream, but when I remember to, I do. The chamomile adds a really nice floral touch to the pancakes and I love the pairing with the strawberries. Chamomile and strawberries just go hand in hand.
Tip: steep the tea the night before so it has time to chill in the fridge overnight. Then in the morning you can have your pancakes ready in under thirty mins. YES.
And those strawberries? Oh my gosh, they’re the best. Sweetened with just a touch of honey and then tossed with fresh ginger, they’re the perfect sweet topping…like so, so good. If you only have time to make one topping, make the strawberries. They add so much to this stack. Trust me.
Then add some fresh chamomile flowers and DONE. Breakfast is complete…and stopping at one pancake is not even an option…
Buttermilk Pancakes with Chamomile Cream and Gingered Strawberries
Servings: 12 pancakes
Calories Per Serving: 257 kcal
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- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
- 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
- 2 eggs
- 2 tablespoons melted butter
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- zest from 1 lemon
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 2 chamomile tea bags
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1 inch fresh ginger grated
- 2 cups fresh strawberries sliced
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- 1. To make the chamomile cream. Add 1/2 cup cream to a small saucepan and bring to a low boil, simmer 1 minute and remove from the heat. Add the tea bags, cover and steep for 5-10 minutes. Remove the tea bag and place in the fridge to chill completely. Once chilled, add the chamomile cream and remaining 1/2 cup cream to a mixing bowl and whip until stiff peaks form. Stir in the honey. Keep stored in the fridge. 2. To make the pancakes. In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. In a small bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, yogurt, eggs, butter, vanilla, and lemon zest.3. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix the batter until just combined. It's OK if there are lumps in the batter. Cover the batter and set aside for 10 minutes.4. Meanwhile, make the strawberries. Heat the honey and ginger in a small saucepan over medium heat until simmering. Let cool 5 minutes. Add the strawberries to a bowl and pour the honey over the berries. Toss to combine.5. Heat a large skillet or griddle over medium heat and add the butter, or spray with cooking spray. Pour about 1/4 cup pancake batter onto the center of the hot pan. Cook until bubbles appear on the surface. Using a spatula, gently flip the pancake over and cook the other side for a minute, or until golden. Repeat with the remaining batter.6. Serve the pancakes topped with the chamomile cream, strawberries, and maple syrup if desired. Enjoy!
PS. Mom says that adding flowers is always a very nice touch to any Mother’s Day gift…just a little tip!
These are soooooo goooddd….. My batter was a bit too thick but I think I made a mistake on the measurement. The chamomile cream is simply divine! and the gingered strawberries Super! (I actually used blueberries cause we didn’t have strawberries at home). This is now a must for our family breakfast weekend ^_^
Happy Friday!! Thanks so much for making this recipe, I love to hear that it was enjoyed!! xxT
Thanks for another winner, Tieghan. This was an amazing Easter brunch!
Happy Monday! It’s so great that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks a bunch for giving it a go! xTieghan
The whip cream MUST be made the night before. If you try to follow the recipe, the cream won’t be cold enough. The “tip” above in the write up, should be included IN the recipe.
Thanks for your feedback, I usually make my whipped cream the morning of:) xTieghan
I made these for my son and he said, “These are the best pancakes I’ve ever tasted!”
Soooo good and super easy to make!
Wow that is so amazing! Thank you for trying this recipe out, Julie! xTieghan
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With love kathrin
Thank you so much Kathrin!
I just made these and loved them, esp the lemon zest vibe! Hello from Germany 🙂
Yay! So happy you liked them!! Nice to hear from you (:
You can use an equal amount of milk. Let me know if you have questions. Hope you love the pancakes!
What a delicious idea with the chamomile cream. Wonderful. Elinor x
Thank you Elinor!
Thanks for the recipe! I tried it this weekend and it was a hit. My husband and I loved the unique additions of lemon zest in the pancakes and ginger on strawberries. Yum!
So happy you made them and your husband liked it, thank Justine!
That said, I am also SO freaking happy it is Friday! Really?
So pretty, I just love these pancakes and the gorgeous strawberry topping!
Thank you so much Laura! I am so glad you like this!
Just made them! Excellent! Thanks
Perfect! I’m glad you liked them, thank you!
Tiegan, I’m sad. The batter came out super thick. Not sure what I did ?
So sorry you had some issues. Can you tell me a little more? Was there anything you adjusted in the recipe? How did you mix the batter? Did you end up making the pancakes, how did they turn out? xTieghan