brown butter griddlecakes with wild blueberries

April 10, 2012

Test Kitchen-Approved

Author Notes: Puffy and golden, slightly crispy from the skillet, and fork-tender with an addition of wild NJ blueberries that were frozen in the peak of summer. Inspired by the contents of my freezer and momgrind’s recipe.

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Food52 Review: You can go all over Manhattan -- anywhere -- for brunch and never find pancakes half as good as these! Maybe the very best I have ever made. It's the subtle, nutty flavor of the browned butter that sets it apart. We had real trouble not overeating on these. A Slam Dunk!ChefJune

Makes: 15-18 silver dollar sized griddlecakes


  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup unbleached cane sugar
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 1 large cage-free egg
  • 2 cups whole organic milk
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter (plus more for the griddle)
  • a few handfuls of wild, local blueberries (fresh or frozen)
In This Recipe


  1. Heat a small light colored fry pan over medium-high heat. Once pan is hot add 2 tablespoons butter and cook until milk solids turn light brown and the butter has a nutty aroma. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.
  2. Mix the dry ingredients well with a fork and set aside. Beat egg and add milk, vanilla, butter and mix until combined. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients mixture. Slowly pour the liquid ingredients mixture into the well, gently mixing as you pour, using a fork. Do not over-mix... batter should be thick and lumpy.
  3. Keep prepared pancakes on a wire rack over a cookie sheet in a low oven while you’re making the preceding batches. This helps them stay fluffy and warm. Serve with warm maple syrup or your favorite topping.

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Reviews (3) Questions (1)

3 Reviews

ChefJune April 23, 2012
These have to be easily the best pancakes I have ever made and/or eaten. I think it's that subtle nutty flavor of the browned butter that sets them apart. Amazing! They will become a permanent part of my brunch repertoire.
ChefJune April 19, 2012
looking forward to testing these. I even have some wild NJ blueberries in MY freezer!
cheese1227 April 11, 2012
You had me at "brown butter"!