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How to Make Fruit-Topped Pancakes

A fresh plate of fruit-topped pancakes.

Preparation time: 10-15 minutes

Cooking time: 20 minutes

Many researchers suggest that pancakes have been around for at least 30,000 years. While some believe that Ötzi the Iceman was creating and eating an einkorn wheat dish that he made into a flatbread type of food, many food historians think that the earliest pancake-like dish was made by the Romans during the first century.

This dish was referred to as Alita Dolcia which means “another sweet” in Latin and was made with milk, flour, egg, and spices. Also, food historians have found that the Ancient Greeks made pancakes by mixing wheat flour, honey, olive oil, and curdled milk to create the delicious pancake. The pancake has evolved over the years and during the American Revolution, many people cooked pancakes for dinner, the largest meal of the day, and ate in the early afternoon time.

Most people, including children, love pancakes but many have not tried the delicious goodness that comes from a pancake topped with fruit instead of the traditional smothered in butter with maple syrup poured on top. Pancakes are great comfort food with their soft and fluffy texture and sweet taste but when you top them with fruit and a dollop of whipped topping, you take the traditional pancakes to new levels.

While many people make pancake batter from a boxed recipe, most have not attempted to make pancakes from scratch. This delectable recipe will teach you how to make pancakes the old-fashioned way along with a delicious fruit topping.

My daughter loves to make these and the fun part about my making them from scratch is that my three oldest grandchildren love to help her make them. It may seem more difficult to make pancakes from scratch instead of a box but it is really not much more work, time, or effort to do it this way.

The kids not only love to help out in making these pancakes but they use large cookie cutters to make them into shapes of their favorite Disney characters or in different shapes for special occasions. For example, on Christmas morning they made Santa and snowmen shaped pancakes. You can use any type of fruit, depending on which ones are in season in your area.

Our recipe features strawberries, but any fresh summer fruit will be a great addition to our pancake recipe. Blackberries, raspberries, or blueberries are also wonderful atop a stack of steaming, hot, fluffy pancakes, so you can substitute with what is available in your area. Even peaches will make a wonderful pancake topping. You can also add a dash of cinnamon to this recipe and top with fresh, baked apples with cinnamon. This makes a very refreshing treat also.

Simply follow our recipe to see how to make this fun, nutritious breakfast. If there’s no fresh fruit in season, no worries! You can use thawed frozen fruit, or just simply return to the old standby–maple syrup.

A plate of fresh fruit-topped pancakes.

Fruit Topped Pancake

Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Servings 6

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup oil or melted butter
  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1- pint berries or 2-3 fresh peaches peeled and sliced
  • 1/2 cup sugar

Instructions
 

  • To create your pancakes, heat a non-stick electric griddle to 375 degrees.
  • If you don’t have an electric griddle, heat a large, heavy frying pan on the stove to medium heat. Spray it with cooking spray or coat it with melted butter. The pan is hot enough when you flick a drop of water on it and the water drop dances. Each stove is a little different, so you may want to make a “test pancake” at first to adjust your heat if you don’t have an electric griddle.
  • In a large batter bowl, mix your buttermilk, eggs, and oil (or butter).
  • Using a whisk, mix them up completely. Add in your flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and sugar. Whisk it thoroughly until no lumps remain. This should create a thick, creamy batter.
  • Ladle a generous spoonful of batter onto your preheated griddle.
  • Place the batter rounds on the griddle with an inch or two separating them. Allow the batter to cook for 3-5 minutes. The edges of the cakes should start to look more set and “done.”
  • Slowly and gently, ease a spatula under the pancake. With a quick flip of the wrist, turn the cakes so that the backside can cook.
  • To create the fruit topping, wash your fruit in a colander thoroughly and place it in a microwavable bowl.
  • For larger fruits or berries, such as strawberries or peaches, dice the fruit into a bowl.
  • Using a potato masher, gently squash the fruit to release the juices.
  • Stir in the sugar. If your fruit isn’t as juicy as you would like, add about 1/4 cup of water. To dissolve the sugar and heat the fruit sauce, microwave the bowl for about 30 seconds. Stir the fruit again to make sure that the sugar has dissolved. If not, return it to the microwave and heat it in 10-15 second intervals.
  • Immediately before serving, top the pancakes with the fruit sauce and garnish with whole berries, mint leaves, or a dollop of whipped cream.

Fruit Topped Pancake Instructions with Photos

Ingredients

The complete ingredients of the pancake.

  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup oil or melted butter
  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • Fruit Topping:
  • 1-pint berries or 2-3 fresh peaches, peeled and sliced
  • 1/2 cup sugar

Step 1: To create your pancakes, heat a non-stick electric griddle to 375 degrees.

If you don’t have an electric griddle, heat a large, heavy frying pan on the stove to medium heat. Spray it with cooking spray or coat it with melted butter. The pan is hot enough when you flick a drop of water on it and the water drop dances. Each stove is a little different, so you may want to make a “test pancake” at first to adjust your heat if you don’t have an electric griddle.

Step 2: In a large batter bowl, mix your buttermilk, eggs, and oil (or butter).

The batter is mixed in a bowl.

Using a whisk, mix them up completely. Add in your flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and sugar. Whisk it thoroughly until no lumps remain. This should create a thick, creamy batter.

Step 3: Ladle a generous spoonful of batter onto your preheated griddle.

The batter is poured onto the heated pan.

Place the batter rounds on the griddle with an inch or two separating them. Allow the batter to cook for 3-5 minutes. The edges of the cakes should start to look more set and “done.”

Step 4: Slowly and gently, ease a spatula under the pancake. With a quick flip of the wrist, turn the cakes so that the backside can cook.

The pancakes are flipped to cook the other side.

It’s okay if you make a mess of it the first few times; with practice, you’ll improve. Cook the backside for another five minutes until it is golden brown. Remove the pancakes to a platter or plate and repeat with the remaining batter.

Fruit Topping

Step 1: To create the fruit topping, wash your fruit in a colander thoroughly and place it in a microwavable bowl.

The strawberries are washed.

Step 2: For larger fruits or berries, such as strawberries or peaches, dice the fruit into a bowl.

Step 3: Using a potato masher, gently squash the fruit to release the juices.

Stir in the sugar. If your fruit isn’t as juicy as you would like, add about 1/4 cup of water. To dissolve the sugar and heat the fruit sauce, microwave the bowl for about 30 seconds. Stir the fruit again to make sure that the sugar has dissolved. If not, return it to the microwave and heat it in 10-15 second intervals.

The chopped strawberries.

Step 4: Immediately before serving, top the pancakes with the fruit sauce and garnish with whole berries, mint leaves, or a dollop of whipped cream.

This recipe is quick, fun, and easy. You can make these delicious pancakes by yourself and surprise your family with this amazing breakfast or even have them for dinner. You can also include your partner and children in making these great pancakes and the sweet, fruity toppings to go with them.

This delicious meal will delight guests to your home also. Enjoy these delectable pancakes in your kitchen, dining room, or even better, outside on a beautiful spring, summer, or fall morning.

A plate of fresh fruit-topped pancakes.

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