My husband ordered us a bag of gorgeous, organic Meyer LEMONS from spuds.ca. Meyer lemons are thought to be a cross between lemons and mandarin oranges, so you can imagine they have a sweetness to them in addition to the usual tang you find in lemons. Meyer lemons are also juicier, more tender and have a thinner peel than regular lemons and are in season now (January-March).
These pancakes are INCREDIBLE -fluffy, a little sweet but tangy from the lemons, they cook like a dream. I did some research to find recipes to use up these yellow beauties and decided breakfast was the way to start: Lemon Pancakes amped up with the tangy sweetness of the Meyer lemons.
Before I started on the pancakes, I made some Homemade Lemon Syrup from "Jens Favorite Cookies Blog" using my freshly-squeezed Meyer Lemon juice. This quick and easy homemade syrup is full on lemony-goodness that makes a perfect complement to the lemon pancakes (in fact, I'm pretty sure they're dating now).
Homemade Lemon Syrup
1 1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup brown sugar
2/3 cup water
peel of 1 lemon, in large chunks
Place sugars and water in a medium saucepan. Heat over med-high heat, stirring occasionally. Add lemon peels and bring to a boil. Let boil for 2-3 minutes for thin syrup, 4-5 minutes for thicker syrup.
Recipe adapted from Jens Favorite Cookies Blog.
Note: I liked this pancake recipe better than the one included with the lemon syrup recipe above.
1 cup all purpose flour
2/3 cup icing sugar (or 1/3 cup granulated sugar)
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup plain yogurt or sour cream
1/3 cup milk
zest of 2 lemons
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
3 Tbs butter, melted
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Mix together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
In another bowl mix together the remaining ingredients. Pour this wet mixture into the dry and stir quickly, only until just blended. The batter will be thick and bubbly. Pour about 1/4 cup of batter for each pancake onto a preheated hot griddle. Cook until bubbles come up and other side is golden brown. Flip over and cook for 1 more minute.
Serve with Lemon Syrup (above).
Recipe adapted from The Joy of Cooking
What do you do when life brings you LEMONS?