Remember how I told you I was playing around talking to the camera about delicious pancakes that my daughter totally rejected? What’s that? You have better things to do than remember every stupid little thing I ramble on and on about? You can read about it here. Well….. these are the pancakes. And as you can see, my daughter was clearly mistaken because these are totally sexy gotta-eat-em-right-away pancakes.
I actually eat more fruit in the fall and winter than I do during the summer. Don’t get my wrong, it’s all trashed up with a lot of sweet gooey caramels and warm carbs, but there’s still a lot of fruit in my diet during this time. I especially love putting them in my pancakes in the morning. (Hello apple pie pancakes!). In fact, I don’t even remember the last time I ate a plain pancake. It’s alllllllllll about the add-ins for me. I was at a cafe with a good friend of mine a while back for breakfast and they served these apple pancakes that had thin slices of apples in the pancakes and I was so impressed with how beautiful it was visually, that I obsessed over the concept for ages. I already made some apple pancakes, so I decided I wanted to switch up the fruit and mix things up the flavors a bit to make it my own and thus these brown butter pear spiced pancakes were born.
The brown butter makes these pancakes. That delicious nuttiness pairs so well with the spices and the kind of optional (but not really) caramel sauce. The whole thing screams for a nice cup of tea (or mulled wine – I won’t tell!) and warm cozy slippers and Christmas music playing in the background. Speaking of Christmas music, wanna know what my favorite Christmas song is?
That obnoxious “hee-haw, hee-haw la la la la-lalala la la” gets me every time and although it may be considered one of the more annoying Christmas songs to some people, it makes me feel giddy like a kid again and I can’t help but prance around loudly screaming me “hee-haw hee-haws” like an over-sugared 4-year old! It’s pure musical gold.
You don’t have to listen to that song while you eat these pancakes, instead, I suggest something along the lines of “Jingle Bell Rock” or “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” but music is definitely a requirement. Trust me.
Note: To make brown butter, simply heat unsalted butter over medium-low heat until it turns brown and begins to smell nutty. Be careful as it can quickly burn and become unusable. If you are uncomfortable with making brown butter, melted butter will work just as well!
- 1 large pear
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 4 tablespoons brown sugar, divided in half
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoons cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
- ⅛ teaspoon nutmeg
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¾ cup buttermilk
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 1 egg
- 2 tablespoons brown butter (will take about 3 tablespoons of unsalted butter to make)
- Caramel sauce or maple syrup for drizzling
- Wash and dry the pear, then create medium-thin slices with a mandolin. Preheat a griddle or frying pan on medium-low heat.
- In a medium bowl, mix together the flour, two tablespoons of brown sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and salt together and lightly whisk.
- In another bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, vinegar, egg and brown butter. Mix in the flour mixture into the wet ingredients.
- Grease the pan with butter or cooking spray if desired. Lightly coat the pear slices with the remaining brown sugar and place three or four on the pan to cook for about 1 - 2 minutes. Flip the pear and pour about ¼ cup of batter over each of the pears. Cook for 2 -3 minutes, or until the batter is bubbling and the bottom is a golden brown. Flip and cook for another 2 -3 minutes. Repeat with the remaining pear slices and batter.