Lemon Poppyseed Pancakes

You guys might remember Amanda of Fake Ginger from her “a day in the life” feature not too long ago. In that post, I ranted and raved about how great Amanda is–and it turns out she’s still great! 

To see for yourself, check out these posts from Amanda:

Bang Bang Shrimp

Cookie Dough Cupcakes

Rosemary Ranch Chicken Kabobs

Birthday Cake Ice Cream


Happy Monday! I’m excited to be bringing pancakes to the party this morning! I picked a bright and cheery one to get your week started right.

I’m actually not the pancake maker of my family – my husband is. But while he’s off fulfilling every little boy’s fantasy of blowing holes in the sides of mountains, I’ve become the pancake maker by default. And I kind of suck at it.

I am, however, a pro at pancake eating and these Lemon Poppyseed Pancakes are my favorite! I just love how cute the poppy seeds are and while they really don’t add much flavor to the pancakes, they add a really fun crunch. My kids are in the picky stage and even they love these.

These pancakes work perfect with a fresh fruit topping like the strawberries I have here. I just cooked down the strawberries with a teeny bit of sugar and water until their liquid was syrupy. Blueberries are also delicious!

Lemon Poppyseed Pancakes
from Picky Cook

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/3 cup sugar
pinch of salt
1/3 cup poppy seeds
zest of 4 lemons
2 cups buttermilk
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
2 tablespoons butter, melted (plus more for pan)

Sift together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt in a large bowl.
In a separate bowl whisk together the buttermilk, eggs, butter, lemon zest and poppy seeds.  Pour this over the dry ingredients and stir until just combined. (A few lumps are fine, don’t overmix!)
Heat your skillet, pan, or griddle to medium-hot and brush it with a bit of butter.  Pour about 1/3 of a cup of batter into the skillet. Once the pancake has lots of bubbles on top, flip it and cook until the other side is golden brown. Repeat with remaining batter. Serve with your choice of toppings.


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  1. I have never in my life seen such beauty in pancake photography…lighting…height of pancake!…color “pop” of the fresh berry….This is SOOOO Sunday brunch…Truly luscious post.

  2. A perfect & classic combination, gorgeous!

  3. Yum! I love lemon poppyseed anything! Plus that strawberry topping is just calling my name…nom nom

  4. Just when I think you are going to run out of ideas, another one comes out of the hat. A bit reminiscent of the muffin variety.

  5. yum! these look great! i love the lemon poppyseed turned into a pancake when they’re usually muffins :) great idea!

  6. I love the strawberries with the lemon and poppyseed. Absolutely gorgeous!!

  7. Daaaang, those are purty!

  8. I’d never think to add poppy seeds to pancakes. Fun!

  9. These pancakes! I want a huge stack. Amanda is the coolest mom on the block!

  10. Love, love these ladies. Lemon + poppyseed sounds so refreshing!

  11. Yum! These look amazing! I love lemon poppyseed!

  12. Amanda these look awesome!! My favorite muffin turned pancake!

  13. I love pancakes with fruit on top, these look wonderful! What a creative flavor, never would have thought of this for a pancake!

  14. Oooh – these look gorgeous! I love lemon poppyseed…and strawberries!!! :)

  15. These look so, so, delicious! Love this idea!

  16. Is there anything better than lemon and poppyseed? Probably not. These look so good!

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