Light and Fluffy Lemon Pancakes

Light and Fluffy Lemon Pancakes with Pomegranate Arils and Bacon

After an amazing couple of days learning all about pomegranates and touring some local orchards with a bunch of fantastic food bloggers who traveled to Fresno from around the country for the opportunity to learn about one of my favorite local fruits, I have decided to incorporate pomegranate arils and juice into as many meals and snacks as possible this fall.  I am so lucky to be once again living in one of the few places in the country where pomegranate trees grow in backyards, and this tour was just the thing to help re-introduce me to one of my favorite fruits from my childhood.

I’ll write in more detail about the tour soon, but for now I’ll just tell you how I have been enjoying the fresh pomegranate arils (seeds) that were shaken from the fruit I picked yesterday.  Mostly I have been eating them straight out of a bowl with a spoon – a delicious, healthy, and addictive snack.  Then I discovered (thanks to Paula of Bell’Alimento) the wondrous combination of a spoonful of Nutella topped with fresh pomegranate arils!  Last night I sprinkled them all over a bowl of Rocky Road ice cream – again, delicious.  And finally, this morning, I sprinkled them all over these beautiful Light and Fluffy Lemon Pancakes.  As far as I can tell, pomegranate makes just about everything taste better.

And whether you have access to fresh pomegranate arils or not, I suggest you make these pancakes.  This morning was the first time I made them, but I think they will start making a regular appearance on my weekend breakfast plate!  They are adapted from Mark Bittman’s Light and Fluffy Pancakes in the book How to Cook Everything Vegetarian.  I enjoyed them with nothing but butter, a light dusting of powdered sugar, and a handful of pomegranate arils.  Don’t forget the bacon!

Light and Fluffy Lemon Pancakes
adapted from How To Cook Everything Vegetarian by Mark Bittman

1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
4 eggs, separated
1 cup buttermilk, at room temperature
2 teaspoons honey (or 1 tablespoon sugar)*
zest of one lemon
2 tablespoons lemon juice

In a mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt; set aside.  In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg yolks, buttermilk, honey, lemon juice, and lemon zest; set that aside, too.  In yet another bowl, whisk the egg whites (by hand or using an electric mixer) until medium to stiff peaks form.  Pour the buttermilk mixture into the flour mixture and stir until well combined then very gently fold the beaten egg whites into the batter until mostly incorporated but some fluffs of egg white are still visible.

Heat a griddle or pan to medium.  Just before pouring the batter, brush the griddle with melted butter.  Drop batter into pancakes of the size you prefer (I like mine 3 -4 inches across) and cook until the edges of the pancakes start to look dry.  Carefully flip and cook until the other side is golden brown.  Serve with butter and powdered sugar and/or syrup of your choice.

*It’s important that your liquid ingredients are at room temperature before whisking in the honey or it will seize and not incorporate.  You may substitute one tablespoon sugar for the honey if you don’t want to worry about using room temperature ingredients, but I thought the honey was a nice touch.

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  1. Lisa

    I love eating pomegranate seeds but I have yet to try sprinkling them on other things. I’m sure it would be delicious on anything. Those pancakes also look wonderful and the pom seeds add such a nice splash of color.

    1:05 pm  Oct 17th, 2010
  2. my little expat kitchen

    Pomegranate is so flavorful and in Greece we eat it very often in salads and even on its own—seeds sprinkled with a little bit of sugar and eaten with a spoon.
    On pancakes? Sounds brilliant. I will try it!

    2:51 pm  Oct 17th, 2010
  3. Sherry

    How exciting you got to tour the plant! I have some POM juice the I have been loving at home, but I’ve never had the arils. These pancakes sound divine and I should surely try them!

    3:00 pm  Oct 17th, 2010
  4. Olga @ MangoTomato

    Thanks for the link! Love buttermilk in pancakes, chicken and cakes. Also am a huge fan of mascarpone pancakes.

    3:50 pm  Oct 17th, 2010
  5. Kristen

    Those pancakes look so pretty with the splash of red. The lemon flavor sounds wonderful.

    3:54 pm  Oct 17th, 2010
  6. ~Chef Louise

    I can hardly wait to here about the trip to POM, how fun. Lemony pancakes, sounds delightful.
    ~Chef Louise

    5:16 pm  Oct 17th, 2010
  7. Joe @ Eden Kitchen

    I love the deep red of pomegranate seeds, I’m sure they would have been delicious in my oatmeal coconut cookies yesterday!

    8:28 pm  Oct 17th, 2010
  8. NerdMom

    I love pomegranate arils! I am going to have to try the arils with nutella soon!

    10:40 pm  Oct 17th, 2010
  9. Kristy

    I love anything with lemon so I am giving these a try! Thanks for sharing!! 🙂

    7:26 am  Oct 18th, 2010
  10. A Canadian Foodie

    I love your pancake theme as I have a unit I do with my grade 7’s and this recipe is also going in the bin.

    7:38 am  Oct 18th, 2010
  11. Paula - bell'alimento

    Nicole those look amazing! Love the lemon & pom combination! I might have to make these for dinner because I don’t think I can wait for breakfast! LOVED meeting you this weekend. Can’t wait to do it again! Mwah!

    10:06 am  Oct 18th, 2010
  12. Mary at Deep South Dish

    Those little “rubies” look lovely on pancakes! I’ve used the juice a few times, but really want to try to incorporate some arils into a few recipes too. Thanks for the linky love! Hope you have a wonderful week.

    10:22 am  Oct 18th, 2010
  13. Allen of EOL

    I look forward to your POM tour post! I’ve never seen pomegranates in the wild and I bet the arils are even more delicious fresh from the tree. 🙂

    6:12 pm  Oct 18th, 2010
  14. UrMomCooks

    Have never had a lemony pancake. Sounds wonderful! (also really like the Around the Web feature at the end of the post…)

    7:13 pm  Oct 18th, 2010
  15. Liren

    It was great to meet you this weekend! Thanks for the link – I adore buttermilk pancakes, but sadly, didn’t get to have my usual Sunday fix — I ran out of buttermilk and I won’t have them any other way. Can’t wait to try this recipe, I can just imagine how wonderfully lemony they are 🙂

    11:18 pm  Oct 18th, 2010
  16. chef-renee

    You are so creative with lemon! I don’t think I’ve ever thought of lemon pancakes! Sounds good too.

    10:11 am  Oct 19th, 2010
  17. Jennifer

    The pomegranate seeds look like gems! What a beautifully delicious photo! 🙂

    8:19 pm  Oct 21st, 2010
  18. Monica

    can’t wait to try this. Glad I found your blog I am from the central valley too. Thanks for sharing!

    10:57 pm  Oct 21st, 2010
  19. debbi

    Just made these pancakes and they are phenomenal!! I have the feeling that they will be a Sunday morning brunch staple. :o)

    9:37 am  Oct 29th, 2010
  20. Jennifer

    Hi! I found your blog from a link on Bloom’s blog. I am so very excited to find out that you live in Fresno! It isn’t very often that I find a blogger that is in my “own backyard”! I live in Exeter. I am loving your blog and recipies. My toddler loves eating pomegranate seeds. I can’t wait to use some of your ideas to incorporate them in our food!

    11:48 am  Nov 3rd, 2010
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  23. Brooks

    Such a mouth-watering pictures! I love pancakes (despite the fact that I have not yet reached perfection in their cooking). But I use different recipes and try make ideal pancakes, the last one was this apple pancakes recipe By the way these pancakes are with lemon juice too. Thanks for your recipe, I’ll try it to use!

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