Orange Pecan Pancakes with Depression Syrup

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Author Notes: This is from my Georgia grandfather--his recipes were not detailed, but this is pretty close to what I remember, thanks to help from my mom. The syrup was what they grew up with, just a brown sugar and water simple syrup boiled until it was thick enough, and I prefer it to maple syrup.Louisa

Food52 Review: This recipe can be whipped up in less than 10 minutes with fairly standard pantry ingredients. And the best thing is that it tastes like you've slaved over it all morning. The pancakes are light and fluffy and the pecans add the nice like textural crunch. I was a little worried that there wasn't any sugar in the recipe, not even a pinch. To my surprise, they didn't need it. The Depression Syrup was superb...I almost want to buy one of those little glass syrup dispensers to put it in for next time. thehappycook

Serves 4

Orange Pecan Pancakes

  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 orange, juice and zest
  • 1/2 cup pecans, chopped

Depression Syrup

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  1. Do the syrup first--it can simmer while you put the pancakes together. Just put the brown sugar and water in a small saucepan and simmer gently while you make the pancakes. When the syrup is thick enough just turn off the heat.
  2. For the pancakes, whisk the flour, baking powder and salt together in a bowl.
  3. In a separate bowl mix together the milk, egg, melted butter, orange juice and zest and the chopped pecans.
  4. Add the egg-milk mixture to the flour mixture, stirring just until mixed.
  5. Melt 2-3 T butter in a skillet and cook the pancakes. The second batch always comes out better than the first.
  6. Serve hot pancakes with warm syrup.

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7 months ago Southpaw11

simple and can't get any better than that!! This is our new go-to pancake base recipe. We often add crystallized ginger and cranberries or other delicious things. Really, the perfect pancake....not at all dry and I love that their isn't any sugar.


about 1 year ago momcooks

I was just looking for a quickie pancake recipe that would be from ingredients already on hand and came across this. Fantastic! Orange zest, a bit of tangerine juice, and chocolate. No syrup required!! A real keeper. Thanks!


about 1 year ago Louisa

So glad you liked the pancakes. I'll try the chocolate and tangerine. My grandfather would be so pleased to know that his pancakes are still on the table.


over 3 years ago Indybindy

Made this for a late breakfast today - delicious! We added dark chocolate pieces to satisfy our family of chocoholics, and the pancakes were amazing with and without the added chocolate. The syrup was also fantastic, and a really easy substitute for maple syrup. Will definitely be making these again!


over 3 years ago arielleclementine

this is such a fun recipe, and i can't wait to try the syrup! really cool.