Meyer Lemon + Poppy Seed Pancakes are a celebratory breakfast recipe with bite.
On the occasion of National Pancake Day, I often wonder who and what determines the dates of “national food days”. Is there a committee? Or is it just one guy sitting in a room with a calendar? Being in the food business, I find that there are so many “national food days” that I can’t possibly keep up. For instance, after a little research, I discovered that Jackie and I fell in love on National Black Cow Day. I have no idea what this means, but I do think that National Pancake Day should be our day instead.
In honor of this special day, I created some Meyer Lemon + Poppy Seed Pancakes worthy of celebration. We have a few pancake recipes on Superman Cooks, but this is by far my favorite. The fresh citrus flavor tastes divine. Meyer lemons taste a bit like an orange and a bit like a lemon; they are perfectly tart, yet wonderfully sweet.
We originally tried these Meyer Lemon + Poppy Seed Pancakes with the standard butter and maple syrup topping. While it was delicious, we found it to be a little too heavy; the strong maple taste masked the fresh lemon flavor. After a little experimentation, I decided a light cream cheese and lemon filling might be a better compliment. Despite my fear that this would be too heavy and hard to eat, I continued along the path. I am happy to report that my fears were unmerited. This combination worked perfectly. The cream cheese kept the taste light, yet completely satisfied my pancake cravings.
There are more days when it’s just Jackie and I in the house because the kids have busier social calendars than we do. The day that I perfected this recipe just happened to be one of those days. We found ourselves devouring these pancakes with little abandon. They were just that good. We had no leftovers, no proof of bragging rights, and full bellies that left us little room for the next recipe I had planned to prepare. Clearly there is a need for more than one Pancake Day per year in our lives.
A beautiful and flavorful pancake that is great with or without the maple syrup.
- 1 C buttermilk
- 1 tbsp. + 1 tsp fresh squeezed lemon juice
- 1 egg
- 2 tbsp. melted butter
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 1/4 C flour
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 2 tbsp. sugar
- 2 tsp lemon zest
- 2 tsp poppy seeds
- FOR THE FILLING:
- 6 oz cream cheese, softened
- 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
- 1 tsp lemon zest
- 2 C powdered sugar
- In a mixing bowl, combine all dry ingredients and mix together.
- In a separate bowl, combine all wet ingredients and allow to sit for 15 minutes
- Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix until wet. Be careful to not over mix (you want to have some lumps). If you over mix it will make pancakes less fluffy.
- Heat large Teflon skillet over medium high heat and spray with cooking spray for the initial pancake. After that you do not need to spray pan.
- Drop pancake batter by 1/4 C onto skillet until sides pull up and pancake starts to bubble. Flip and cook for 1 minute.
- To make filling:
- Mix cream cheese, lemon juice and zest along with powdered sugar until well combined.
- To serve place pancakes in stack with a portion of cream cheese mix in between pancakes.