Cranberry pancakes

What are you making for Thanksgiving? I’m not cooking for the third year in a row. We’ve been in such transition that it’s been easier to hook up with our families on their turf and leave the major pieces of the meal in their hands. If I’m going to bring something, I’ll always volunteer to make cranberry sauce. The homemade stuff is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO much better than the canned. And that’s coming from a girl who would happily slice off a round of that jiggly, can-shaped blob any day of the week.  


This year we’re hanging with Hubster’s family in Kansas City, so my contribution will be more in the form of labor. But if I were making cranberry sauce this year, I’d totally reserve a cup of fruit for these pancakes. I’m not even ashamed. Sorry, family members but, you would each get one less bite of cranberry sauce.



These pancakes are the perfect way to round out a holiday of eating. They are cute and taste oh so festive.  Just don’t forget the syrup. The super tart berries pack a punch, but it’s nothing that a little pure maple syrup can’t handle. It’s totally worth the extra calories… and the berry theft. Don’t worry. Your secret is safe with me.



Cranberry pancakes
From Coastal Living

1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
2 Tbsp sugar
1 ½ tsp baking powder
¼ tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt
2 Tbsp butter
1 ½ cups buttermilk
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 orange
1 cup fresh cranberries
Maple syrup

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Melt the butter. Add the butter, buttermilk, egg and vanilla to a medium bowl. Zest the orange into the bowl and then whisk the ingredients together. Add the buttermilk mixture to flour mixture, and stir until just blended. Stir in cranberries.

Pour 1/3 cup batter for each pancake onto a lightly greased hot griddle or nonstick skillet. Cook 2 to 4 minutes or until tops are covered with bubbles and edges look dry and cooked; turn, and cook 1 minute or until lightly browned. Keep warm. Serve with maple syrup.

The Meaning of Me - November 23, 2012 - 4:00 pm

I completely agree – the homemade is awesome. But there is something about that can-shaped jelly stuff that is just plain old good. These pancakes look fabulous – I just decided on our next big breakfast!

The Meaning of Me - November 27, 2012 - 2:26 pm

These were great! Kidzilla decided they were too sour, mostly because she popped a whole cranberry in her mouth while we were cooking. But after butter and maple syrup, she is a fan. Loved them!

ModernMealsForTwo - November 28, 2012 - 2:09 pm

Wow! She’s a daring one, isn’t she :) I’m glad the butter and syrup helped.

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