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Blueberry Lemon Pancakes

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These Blueberry Lemon Pancakes are a tried-and-true recipe, made with fresh blueberries, lemon zest, and topped with a blueberry lemon compote. No buttermilk needed, just pure, simple joy in every fluffy bite. Perfect for Saturday mornings or whenever you’re craving delicious pancakes.

Hey there! Today, we’re diving into one of my all-time favorite breakfast classics – pancakes. But not just any pancakes – we’re talking about Blueberry Lemon Pancakes.

They’re perfect for springtime, whether you’re planning a brunch with friends, celebrating Mother’s Day, or just craving lemony berry flavor. The light and fluffy texture when paired with our homemade blueberry lemon compote is simply irresistible.

This blueberry lemon pancake recipe has been tested, tweaked, and perfected to ensure every bite brings joy to your breakfast table. We especially love to serve them with warm maple syrup.

Honestly, these pancakes are the perfect weekend morning breakfast the entire family is sure to love!

What you’ll love about this recipe:


  • FLAVOR – The zesty brightness of lemon perfectly complements the burst of sweetness from juicy blueberries
  • EASY – With no need for buttermilk, it’s an accessible and fuss-free recipe for pancake enthusiasts of all skill levels.
  • MAKE IT YOUR OWN – Whether with a dollop of whipped cream, a drizzle of maple syrup, or even a switch to banana for a different twist – these pancakes are really versatile.

Ingredients

  • all-purpose flour
  • baking powder
  • salt
  • sugar
  • milk
  • egg
  • butter
  • lemon zest
  • fresh blueberries
  • vegetable oil
  • maple syrup, for serving

Blueberry Lemon Compote (optional)

  • fresh blueberries
  • water
  • sugar
  • lemon juice (optional)
  • cornstarch

Note: Do the people at your table argue over who got more blueberries in their pancakes? Then keep the peace with this tip for achieving a more even distribution of blueberries: Instead of mixing the blueberries into the batter, drop them into the pancake one-by-one right after you ladle the batter into the pan.

How to Make Blueberry Lemon Pancakes

  1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together the milk, egg, melted butter, and lemon zest.
  3. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir until just combined. The batter should be slightly lumpy; avoid overmixing.
  4. Gently fold in the fresh blueberries into the pancake batter.
  5. Heat a griddle or non-stick skillet over medium heat. Add vegetable oil and spread it around to coat the surface.
  6. Using a ladle or measuring cup, pour about 1/4 cup of batter onto the griddle for each pancake.
  7. Cook until bubbles form on the surface of the pancake, then flip and cook the other side until golden brown.
  8. Repeat until all the batter is used, adding more oil to the griddle as needed.
  9. Serve the pancakes warm, stacked on a plate, and drizzle with your favorite maple syrup and top with blueberry lemon compote if desired.

How to Make Blueberry Lemon Compote

This blueberry lemon compote is the perfect addition to your blueberry lemon pancakes.

  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons sugar (adjust to taste)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch (optional, for thickening)

Directions

  1. In a small saucepan, combine the blueberries, water, sugar, and lemon juice (if using). Stir to combine. Place the saucepan over low to medium heat. Allow the mixture to come to a gentle simmer.
  2. If you prefer a thicker sauce, you can mix 1 teaspoon of cornstarch with a little water to create a slurry. Stir the slurry into the blueberry mixture and continue to simmer until the sauce thickens slightly. This step is optional, and the sauce will still be delicious without thickening.
  3. Let the mixture simmer for about 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally. The blueberries will release their juices, and the sauce will thicken slightly. Taste the sauce and adjust the sweetness by adding more sugar if needed. If it’s too tart, a bit more sugar can balance the flavors.
  4. Once the blueberries have softened, and the sauce reaches your desired consistency, remove the saucepan from heat.
  5. Pour the warm blueberry topping over your pancakes just before serving.

Recipe Tips & Tricks

  • Fresh Ingredients: Use fresh blueberries and fresh lemon for the best flavor. Fresh ingredients contribute to a more vibrant and tasty pancake.
  • Lemon Zest: Don’t skip the lemon zest. The zest contains essential oils that add a burst of citrus flavor without making the batter overly liquid.
  • Let the Batter Rest: Allow the batter to rest for a few minutes before cooking. This gives the baking powder time to activate, resulting in fluffier pancakes.
  • Correct Pancake Size: Use a consistent amount of batter for each pancake to ensure they cook evenly. A 1/4 cup measuring cup works well for most pancakes.
  • Flip at the Right Time: Wait until you see bubbles forming on the surface of the pancakes before flipping. This ensures that the bottom is cooked and prevents them from falling apart when flipped.
  • Keep Warm in Oven: If you’re making a batch, you can keep the pancakes warm in a preheated oven (set to a low temperature) while you finish cooking the rest.
  • Serve with Fresh Toppings: Top your Blueberry Lemon Pancakes with homemade blueberry lemon compote, a dollop of whipped cream, or a drizzle of maple syrup for extra flavor and presentation.

What to Serve with Blueberry Lemon Pancakes

Blueberry Lemon Pancakes are delicious on their own, but you can make them better with complementary sides. Here are some of our favorite ideas:

  • Maple Syrup: A classic choice. The sweetness of maple syrup pairs well with the tartness of the blueberries and the citrusy flavor of the lemon.
  • Whipped Cream: Add a dollop of freshly whipped cream to the top of your pancakes for a light and airy texture. It complements the sweetness and adds a luxurious touch.
  • Greek Yogurt: Serve pancakes with a side of Greek yogurt for a creamy and tangy contrast. You can sweeten the yogurt with a bit of honey or maple syrup.
  • Fresh Berries: In addition to blueberries in the pancakes, serve a variety of fresh berries like strawberries, raspberries, or blackberries on the side for extra fruity goodness.
  • Sliced Bananas: The natural sweetness and creaminess of sliced bananas go well with the flavors of lemon and blueberry.
  • Chopped Nuts: Sprinkle chopped nuts such as walnuts or pecans over the pancakes for a crunchy texture and nutty flavor.
  • Lemon Curd: If you love the citrusy flavor, consider serving Blueberry Lemon Pancakes with a side of lemon curd. The tangy curd complements the pancakes beautifully.
  • Powdered Sugar: Dust a bit of powdered sugar over the top of the pancakes for a simple and elegant touch.
  • Bacon or Sausage: For a savory contrast, serve a side of crispy bacon or your favorite breakfast sausage.
  • Eggs: Add a protein element to your breakfast with scrambled, fried, or poached eggs on the side.

Can I freeze leftover pancakes?

Yes, you can freeze pancakes for later. Allow them to cool completely, then stack with parchment paper between each pancake and place in a freezer-safe bag. Reheat in a toaster or oven when ready to eat.

FAQ

Can I use frozen blueberries instead of fresh?

Yes, you can use frozen blueberries. Just be sure to use them directly from the freezer without thawing to prevent excessive bleeding into the batter.

How do I prevent the blueberries from sinking to the bottom of the pancakes?

Drop the blueberries into the pancake one by one right after ladling the batter onto the pan. This helps distribute them more evenly.

Can I use whole wheat flour instead of all-purpose flour?

Yes, you can substitute some or all of the all-purpose flour with whole wheat flour for a nuttier flavor and added nutritional benefits.

Summary

These Blueberry Lemon Pancakes are our favorite for springtime, with their fresh blueberries and vibrant lemony zest. Whether you’re planning a brunch, celebrating Mother’s Day, or just craving a burst of flavor, these pancakes are perfect. The light and fluffy texture, paired with a homemade blueberry compote, make them simply irresistible.

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Blueberry Lemon Pancakes

  • Author: cooks with soul

Description

These Blueberry Lemon Pancakes are made with fresh blueberries, lemon zest, and topped with a blueberry lemon compote. Perfect for Saturday mornings or whenever you’re craving delicious pancakes.


Ingredients

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  • 1 1/cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 1/teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 1 1/cups milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 lemon, zested
  • 3/cup fresh blueberries
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil, or as needed


Instructions

  1. Whisk together all-purpose flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar in a large mixing bowl.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together milk, egg, melted butter, and lemon zest.
  3. Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and stir until just combined. The batter should be slightly lumpy; avoid overmixing.
  4. Gently fold in fresh blueberries into pancake batter.
  5. Heat a griddle or non-stick skillet over medium heat. Add vegetable oil and spread it around to coat surface.
  6. Pour 1/4 cup of batter onto griddle for each pancake.
  7. Cook until bubbles form on surface of pancake, then flip and cook the other side until golden brown.
  8. Repeat until all batter is used, adding more oil to the griddle as needed.
  9. Serve pancakes warm, stacked on a plate, and drizzle with your favorite maple syrup.

27 Comments

  1. I had some beautiful fresh blueberries that I bough on sale and needed to use them up. I saw this recipe and gave it a try. I am so glad I did. They came out amazing. I loved the lemon and blueberry combination in the pancake batter. It was so good.

  2. Such a lovely recipe that’s perfect for weekend brunch! I have a huge lemon tree in my yard and am already looking for recipes to use them up in. Definitely a keeper!

  3. The lemon and blueberry combi is so perfect for pancakes! 🙂 I wish I had a stack of these right about now. They look perfect.

  4. These pancakes look very yummy and like the perfect texture and fluffiness. Seems like a very tasty breakfast everyone will enjoy.

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