Caramelized Peach Pancakes

July 31, 2014

Each Thursday, Emily Vikre (a.k.a. fiveandspice) will be sharing a new way to love breakfast -- because breakfast isn't just the most important meal of the day. It's also the most awesome.

Today: Have some sunny, peachy pancakes for breakfast this morning.

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Are you a recipe procrastinator? I am. I don’t think that’s the real term for this phenomenon -- it’s just something I made up -- but what I’m talking about is the tendency to spot a recipe that you know is going to be fantastic, one that you’re dying to try, but then somehow a year, maybe two, goes by before you finally get around to cooking it.

I can recipe procrastinate with the best of them, and there’s all too often a direct relationship between how excited I am about a recipe and how long it takes me to finally give it a whirl. The ones I absolutely cannot wait to try can take me five years to get to. I’m starting to wonder if perhaps -- as with a large event or holiday -- the anticipation is half of the fun.

These peach pancakes have been on my to-make list since the day I received Deb Perelman’s Smitten Kitchen Cookbook in the mail. Along with at least 90% of the food blog-reading populace, I preordered the book so that it would arrive at the earliest possible moment. Not surprisingly, the breakfast section excited me the most: I wanted to make every recipe, but I wanted to make the peach pancakes more than anything else. They were so perky and round, each with a horizontal peach slice perched on top, like a sample on a microscope slide. The peaches were golden and pink like a sunset, and Deb said they caramelized when they cooked. How brilliant! Then I went ahead and somehow cooked almost everything else but the pancakes.

Caramelized Peach Pancake on Food52

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Finally, though, faced with the giant sack of peaches I recently picked up at the market, I remembered these pancakes and decided that it was time for them to make an appearance. I tweaked the spices, adding a kick of fresh ginger and a splash of bourbon. I also swapped the sour cream for Greek yogurt to give them even more twang. But the genius of sticking a peach slice on each pancake to caramelize, well, that’s all Deb. The pancakes are fluffy and sunny-sweet. They’re worth the wait, but you really shouldn’t wait.

Caramelized Peach Pancakes

Makes about eight 4-inch pancakes

1 ripe peach, halved, pitted, and thinly sliced (about 1/8-inch thick slices)
1 large egg
1 cup full-fat Greek yogurt
1 teaspoon bourbon
2 tablespoons sugar
1⁄2 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
1⁄4 teaspoon kosher salt
1⁄4 teaspoon cinnamon
3⁄4 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1⁄2 teaspoon baking soda
Butter for frying

See the full recipe (and save and print it) here.

Photos by Emily Vikre

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I like to say I'm a lazy iron chef (I just cook with what I have around), renegade nutritionist, food policy wonk, and inveterate butter and cream enthusiast! My husband and I own a craft distillery in Northern Minnesota called Vikre Distillery (, where I claimed the title, "arbiter of taste." I also have a doctorate in food policy, for which I studied the changes in diet and health of new immigrants after they come to the United States. I myself am a Norwegian-American dual citizen. So I have a lot of Scandinavian pride, which especially shines through in my cooking on special holidays. Beyond loving all facets of food, I'm a Renaissance woman (translation: bad at focusing), dabbling in a variety of artistic and scientific endeavors.


EmilyC July 31, 2014
Ha -- love the term 'recipe procrastinator' -- I'm definitely one of those too. These look lovely, btw, and maybe I can manage to get to them by the end of peach season! : )
fiveandspice August 2, 2014
It's worth a shot! :)
aargersi July 31, 2014
I have all ingredients on hand so - maybe I will make them next year? heh.
Kenzi W. July 31, 2014
I love this so much I'm saving for 2016.
fiveandspice August 2, 2014
Har har. :)