Saturday Breakfast: Blood Orange Pancakes

Yummy Saturday breakfast!

Yummy Saturday breakfast!

We always like to make slightly “special” breakfasts on weekends, but it’s rare that we actually do. Muffins, cereal, or just an early lunch are often what we end up with. Every now and then we go out for brunch – and really, we should do that much more often. Sometimes we splurge and do something like pancakes or waffles – and always end up wondering why we don’t do that every weekend morning. So tasty! So easy! 

So this morning, we were inspired to do something a bit more. It came about something like this:
Cari: We should make pancakes or something.
Adam: I don’t want a heavy breakfast though…
Cari: Pancakes don’t have to be heavy.. we could do something light and summery.
Adam: Oooh – we should try to replicate those lemon pancakes I had in California a few years ago!
Cari: We got blood oranges in yesterday’s bin – we should make Blood Orange Pancakes!
Both: YES!

So the search began for a decent recipe. We combined a few internet finds and came up with wonderful light and fluffy pancakes:


  • 1 1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • zest of 3 small blood oranges


  1. Whisk flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl.
  2. Whisk together milk, eggs, butter and zest. 
  3. Pour into dry ingredients and whisk until just incorporated, but still lumpy.
  4. Cook 1/3 cupfuls of batter on a greased skillet set to medium heat until lightly browned on both sides.

We served ours with a mix of pancake syrup and the juice from the blood oranges – with a dash of cinnamon thrown in for good measure.


Bloody Orange Juice

Bloody Orange Juice

These pancakes were amazing! Definitely a recipe we’re going to come back to. Very light and fluffy – and they barely needed any syrup at all. 

What a great way to start the weekend.

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