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From the kitchen: Cranberry Pancakes & Brown Butter Cranberry Maple Syrup

December 11, 2013

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You guys. I found the pancakes of my dreams. Really. I’m in love. Like I want to marry this stack of flap jacks. Is that normal? No? You’re right. Fine. But these were like “take a bite – Mmmmmm out loud – do a happy dance like nobody’s watching” kind of delicious. They were light, fluffy, buttery, tart and just sweet enough. Even without syrup. But let’s talk about this syrup. Brown butter? Ever heard of it? It’s what fantasies are made of. It’s what spinach should be of. It’s what makes this maple syrup decadently amazing. But let’s not forget those cranberries! Those little ladies are the real star of this festive pancake syrup. They add a perfect balance of tartness to the already sweet maple syrup, and a gorgeous crimson color that is so inviting. Have I gushed enough? Are you convinced? Make these pancakes asap and be prepared for tears. Of joy, course. – xoxo 

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Cranberry Pancakes & Brown Butter Cranberry Maple Syrup 

Makes about 12 pancakes & 1 1/2 cups syrup


For Pancakes

  • 1 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 4 Tablespoons vinegar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 6 Tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries, coarsely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons orange zest, about 1/2 a navel orange


  1. Combine the milk and vinegar in a medium bowl for 10 minutes. (Essentially, you’re making buttermilk)
  2. Mix the dry ingredients together in a large bowl.
  3. Add egg and melted butter to the soured milk and whisk to mix.
  4. Pour wet ingredients into the dry and gently whisk by hand until flour is just incorporated. DO NOT over mix. If there are lumps, it’s okay. Just leave them.
  5. Gently fold in cranberries and zest.
  6. Let the batter sit, undisturbed for about 10 minutes. Do not stir it at all.
  7. When you’re ready to cook your pancakes off, heat a pan or griddle over medium heat and melt 1/2 -1 tablespoon butter (do this for each pancake as you cook)
  8. Gently pour a ¼ cup of batter onto your frying pan or griddle.
  9. Cook until bubbles appear on the surface of the pancake and then flip with a spatula and brown the other side.

Love+Cupcakes tip: do not over crowd your pan or griddle. Cook 1-2 pancakes at time and keep them warmed in an oven set to 150 degrees F

For Syrup


4 tablespoons butter (this will cook down to about 2 tablespoons)

1 cup fresh whole cranberries, divided

1 cup maple syrup (use the good stuff people, Grade A…sorry Aunt Jemima)


  1. Heat butter over medium low heat in a small saucepan. Allow to melt and cook, stirring only occasionally to distribute heat. The butter will begin to bubble, this is the moisture escaping. Do not take you eyes off the butter as it cooks, it will begin to brown very soon. You’ll notice a very nutty aroma and small brown bits forming at the bottom of the pan. Stir those up a bit and remove butter from heat immediately. Transfer to a small bowl and set aside.
  2. In the same pan (no need to clean), add maple syrup and 3/4 cup cranberries. Heat over medium heat until mixture begins to simmer, about 5 minutes.
  3. Gently mash cranberries into syrup and add the remaining 1/4 cup of cranberries.
  4. Stir in the reserved brown butter and cook for another 3 minutes and transfer syrup to a pouring container.

Serve warm. Enjoy!

35 Comments leave one →
  1. December 11, 2013 9:24 am

    Canadian love pancake with maple syrup, but I love your version better with cranberries. Thank you for posting.

  2. December 11, 2013 9:40 am

    Ah, perfection!

  3. VVernhard permalink
    December 11, 2013 9:42 am

    Hat dies auf KP28 * Soul Food rebloggt.

  4. December 11, 2013 9:49 am

    Perfect Christmas breakfast!!! I want to marry these too

  5. December 11, 2013 10:49 am

    Wow! Looks nice. Great for Christmas time. Is it ok to substitute the whole milk for low fat milk as I am on a diet? Or do you think that will completely change the taste?

    If you have time, drop by my blog. It also has many recipes and food-related posts. :)

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      December 13, 2013 6:51 am

      You can definitely substitute skim for whole. It shouldn’t change the taste too much :) Happy dieting and pancake eating!

  6. neetukushi permalink
    December 11, 2013 10:58 am

    I’d be happy to eat a stack of these any day but especially on x-mas morning!! Thanks for sharing. :)

  7. December 11, 2013 11:17 am

    Never thought I would use the term ‘gorgeous’ for pancakes, but here I am!

  8. awoni3 permalink
    December 11, 2013 11:55 am

    Need this NOW. Looks amazing!!

  9. December 11, 2013 1:48 pm

    Reblogged this on Blog of Love.

  10. December 11, 2013 7:24 pm

    Gosh, these pancakes look so scrummy! My mouth is watering so bad right now, must go and attempt to make some myself now!

  11. December 11, 2013 8:45 pm

    oh boy….absolutely delicious!

  12. December 12, 2013 1:54 am

    hmmm I’m not too sure about the marriage business.. but they do look delicious!

    *Adding to holiday recipe to do book*

    I might add some whipped cream or ice cream I think!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Miss Lou

  13. December 12, 2013 3:05 am

    they look amazing, I’m definitely going to try them for a special breakfast..

  14. December 12, 2013 5:48 am

    It looks like you’ve also found the pancakes of MY dreams! <3 <3 <3

  15. December 12, 2013 8:34 am

    I really should try brown butter once… I hear so much about it ;)
    The pancakes look amazing!!!

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      December 13, 2013 6:53 am

      Yes your should! Brown butter is so yummy and nutty. If you’re using butter anyway….might as well brown it! It adds so much flavor.

  16. December 12, 2013 12:24 pm

    Beautiful photos, makes me want to make them right away!

  17. December 13, 2013 3:48 pm

    What a gorgeous and delicious stack of pancakes. So Christmasy and festive!

  18. December 13, 2013 10:04 pm

    Shut up! you just blew my pancake loving mind! I cant wait to get these puppies started!

  19. December 14, 2013 5:00 am

    Wow. I don’t know about marrying those pancakes. Are they really the type you’d bring home to mama? I think we’d be two ships passing in the night … but definitely a tale to tell.

    Yours is the first blog I’ve ever hit “follow” before I ever read a word. I just saw the pancake picture. Does that make me shallow?

    I’m ok with that. Pass the syrup.

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      December 15, 2013 7:57 am

      Haha! Your comment made me laugh! I actually think these are the perfect pancakes to bring home to mama ;) And I’m honored that you’re following my blog (even if only for the photos :), thank you!

      • December 15, 2013 5:47 pm

        My mom would find those pancakes a little on the saucy side. I’d content they’re just really, really sweet.

        Well, the photos got me in – the writing made me follow!

  20. December 14, 2013 7:23 am

    Beautiful. And yummy!

  21. sarahsjoys permalink
    December 15, 2013 7:27 am

    I am generally the cook in the family but my husband is the pancake king. He makes pancakes EVERY Sunday for his girls and won’t even let me make flavor suggestions. (I have to admit he’s made some amazing flavors!) BUT….SYRUP I’m allowed to do. So I made your brown butter cranberry syrup this morning to go over hubby’s pancakes. It is SOO yummy!! A new seasonal favorite :) Thanks for a great recipe.

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      December 15, 2013 7:54 am

      Awesome!! I’m so glad you enjoyed it. It always makes me happy to hear readers are trying out and enjoying my recipes! xoxo!

  22. December 16, 2013 1:22 am

    Reblogged this on hazeltheelf.

  23. December 16, 2013 11:24 am

    Lovely…and they’re so beautiful… :)Totally trying these guys out sometime soon!

  24. December 17, 2013 8:12 am

    I am so in love with your blog and your beautiful pictures! you have such beautiful recipes I will try at home

    aaaw ♥

    sorry for my bad englisch ;)

    lovely greetings

  25. December 27, 2013 3:19 pm

    These pancakes look amazing! Totally will be try it at home!

  26. January 22, 2014 12:14 pm

    Oh my goodness these look amazing. Drooling :)

  27. Ellen permalink
    December 2, 2014 11:15 am

    Made these today, love them! I also added mini-chocolate chips =)


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