Whole Grain Pancakes with Roasted Pears

photo courtesy of Josh Monken

'Tis the season to be jolly, right? To me, that means doing the rest of my holiday shopping on the internet (they deliver!), staying up past my bedtime with a glass of wine, and not getting up in the morning until I've read a chapter or two from my latest book. I wait until J finds his way next to my pillow, finally realizing he's hungry for breakfast and nudging me out of the sack.

There's no question that pancakes will be on the menu on holiday weekend mornings around here, so I dreamed up a few extra-special recipes.

The December issue of Sauce features my pancake story with more recipes - pick it up!

Whole Grain Buttermilk Pancakes with Roasted Pears

1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup oats, regular or quick cooking
1/4 cup cornmeal
2 tablespoons raw wheat germ
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
3 tablespoons melted butter

Whisk together the flour, oats, cornmeal, wheat germ, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl.
In a small bowl, beat the eggs with the buttermilk and butter until smooth; pour over the dry ingredients and stir just until dry ingredients are moistened.

Spray a griddle with non-stick spray or grease with butter; place over medium heat until hot. Spoon about 1/4 cup batter for each pancake onto griddle. Cook until small bubbles emerge and start to pop on the surface of the pancakes; turn with a spatula and cook until second side is lightly browned.

Serve warm topped with roasted pears.
Makes about 12 pancakes.

Roasted Pears

4 ripe, firm Bartlett pears, cored and cut into 1/2-inch wedges
3 tablespoons melted butter
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Heat oven to 425 degrees.
Toss the pears on a rimmed baking sheet with the butter, syrup and cinnamon. Roast until pears are tender and golden brown, 15 – 20 minutes. Serve warm over pancakes or ice cream.

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Anonymous said...

I can't wait to try those!


Bellini Valli said...

Christmas shopping has been done for weeks..these pancakes sound like just the thing for lazy holiday mornings!!! Love the pears!

Karen said...

Liza, we'll have them soon!

Bellini, lucky you to have some lazy mornings coming...enjoy.

Anonymous said...

How do they compare with the Buttermilk Pancakes from your blog? Are they just as fluffy? I'm a little crazy for those Buttermilk Pancakes...but I will try if you say so.

Karen said...

Stacy, these cakes don't rise as high, but they do have a nice crunch from the cornmeal and are still very tender and tasty.
You could make them when you want to feel virtuous. Or not!

Emiline said...

I don't know who J is. I guess that's your husband?

Wholesome pancakes sound really good. I think I prefer the taste of whole grain products, now.
Do you ever buy Hodgson Mills products? I like them.

Karen said...

J is my 6-year old son. He likes to make sure I don't get too much sleeping time.

I do like Hodgson Mills, also Bob's Red Mill, which I can even find in some "regular" grocery stores as well as WF.

Anonymous said...

Karen - they sound great. Probably have to make a batch this weekend and try them out, you know I'll give you feedback. Keep up the great work - love your recipes. (Trying your cornish hens tomorrow night w/ the cranberry sauce!)