Cast Iron

Lavender-Chocolate Chunk Pancakes with Crème Frâiche

April 11, 2012
3 Ratings
Photo by James Ransom
  • Serves 4 to 6
Author Notes

Between the tangy crème frâiche, the sweet and sensual chocolate, the citrusy lemon and the floral lavender, the flavors in these pancakes perfectly complement each other to create a full sensory explosion. Not to mention they're the fluffiest we've ever had. They're so good you can even eat them without maple syrup. If that's not compelling, I'm not sure what is. —Fig Test Kitchen

Test Kitchen Notes

Fig Test Kitchen's description of these pancakes is spot on. It's a great combination of flavors, all blending and balancing well. The tang from the creme fraiche matches perfectly with the dark chocolate. I really like lavender so I used the full 1 1/2 teaspoons. These made a great Saturday breakfast treat. Enjoy! —cgilsbach

What You'll Need
  • 4 ounces high quality dark chocolate or chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 tablespoon sea salt
  • 1 to 1 1/2 teaspoons dried lavender (to taste)
  • 1/2 cup crème fraiche
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 3/4 teaspoon lemon zest (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2-4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • Good quality maple syrup (optional)
  1. Cut the dark chocolate into small to medium size chunks (about the size you might find in ice cream) and set aside.
  2. Place flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, sea salt, and lavender in a medium size bowl. Mix well.
  3. In a separate medium size bowl, add the crème fraiche, milk, lemon zest, vanilla extract and eggs. Using a whisk, mix until well blended.
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the flour mixture and whisk only until just combined.
  5. Add the chocolate chunks and gently mix again, preferably with a spatula. Do not overmix or the flour will begin to form too many gluten bonds, making your pancakes tough.
  6. Heat a non-stick 12-inch skillet (preferably cast iron) for one minute over medium heat, and then add about a tablespoon of butter. Melt evenly throughout the pan.
  7. Ladle the batter using a small ladle or a 1/4 measuring cup.
  8. Cook for about two minutes, and gently check the bottom of one of the pancakes.
  9. Continue cooking until the pancakes are light brown, and then turn over. Cook until the second side is also light brown, about a minute or so.
  10. When light brown, remove pancakes and using a paper towel, wipe the skillet. Repeat until all the pancakes are cooked.
  11. Serve with or without maple syrup, along with bananas, strawberries, peaches or any other seasonal fruit you like.

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7 Reviews

babette August 4, 2015
I love the smell of lavender but not the taste. But the chunks of dark chocolate will make up for the lack of lavender in my pancakes.
Egardin September 30, 2013
After making this recipe, my 4 year old said I had made the best pancakes he's ever had!
Fig T. April 27, 2012
Thank you so much!! We are honored like you have no idea :D
Ms. T. April 27, 2012
These sound delicious. I can practically taste and smell them just from thinking about the ingredients. Congrats on the CP :)
Fig T. April 27, 2012
Thank you so much!! We're honored like you have no idea :D
Fig T. April 19, 2012
Oh my goodness you're right! It's 1 to 1.5 tsp :) Sorry about that!
cgilsbach April 19, 2012
Hi - just signed up to test this, can you tell me how much lavender you use, it's not in the ingredient list? Thanks!