Recipe Review: The Pioneer Woman’s Lemon Blueberry Pancakes

I’ve never eaten a lemon pancake. I know, it’s not a dark confession, but it is a confession none the less. I love all things lemon, but somehow lemon pancakes have eluded me. Until this week, when I saw the most gorgeous photos of lemon blueberry pancakes on The Pioneer Woman’s website. Have mercy.

Luckily, I had 2 lemons in my fruit bowl who were screaming, “C’mon! Go get the blueberries already! We’re dying to jump in some pancakes here!” Taunted by fruit – that’s my life. Since I can’t stand to disappoint anyone, much less a couple of mouthy lemons, I went to buy blueberries. Big, fat, juicy Texas blueberries. Thank God I did, because these pancakes did not disappoint.

Here’s what I loved about this recipe:
1. the batter was fragrant, light and bubbly
2. it took only minutes to whip up
3. except for blueberries, I had everything I needed in my pantry
4. the texture of the warm pancakes was soft & fluffy perfection

Here’s what I would do differently:
a. I would use two lemons instead of one, to boost the lemon flavor
b. I would use sweeter blueberries; mine were a little tart
c. if I had company, I would definitely double the recipe
d. if I didn’t have company, I would definitely eat every single one myself

If you love lemon more than you love blueberries, consider using 2 lemons (juice & zest) to kick up the lemon flavor. If you love blueberries more than you love lemon, make the recipe exactly as it’s written. Personally, I’m all for more lemon in just about every single situation. Except around a paper cut.

As is my custom, I’m not going to re-publish a Pioneer Woman recipe on my blog. It’s much more practical to provide you with the link so you can see Ree’s Lemon-Blueberry Pancakes for yourself, along with the gorgeous photos she provides in her step-by-step instructions. If you don’t fall in love, then you are definitely not a pancake person. Maybe a muffin man, but not a pancake person. PS – Do you know the Muffin Man? The Muffin Man. The Muffin Man?



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16 responses to “Recipe Review: The Pioneer Woman’s Lemon Blueberry Pancakes

  1. Toffee Marshmallows

    They look really delicious! I can nearly smell them from here! Lol
    Have you ever put strawberry yogurt in your pancake mix? It’s be-yoo-ti-full! :P

    • No, I haven’t tried strawberry yogurt in my pancakes. Sounds fantastic! That may have to be my next pancake adventure. Thanks for the tip! PS – if you can smell them from the UK, you have a MUCH better sense of smell than I do {wink!}.

  2. You are KILLING me with that picture! One thing I miss terribly – big beautiful fluffy pancakes. The pancakes here are more like crepes. :) Okay, I admit, I didn’t eat pancakes all that much in Texas, but just knowing they were there was very comforting. And when I felt like having them, they were just around the block at our favorite breakfast place. These look amazing – will check out the recipe now.

    • Crepes actually sound pretty good to me! I usually reserve the pancake making for weekends when the grandkids are here, but this time I couldn’t wait. Those pancake photos on PW’s site were just too compelling. And the lemon was a really fantastic twist. Sometimes, nothing hits the spot like a stack of fluffly pancakes (with real butter). Any chance you can find blueberries in Dubai?

  3. Oh. My. I have been desperately trying *not* to make these pancakes for fear that I will eat every last one and stab my family members with my fork if they get to near. Then you go and do this. Thanks for that. I have 2 lemons screaming at me to do something with them, and the last quart of blueberries in the freezer from last summer. I really have no more excuses.

  4. KJ

    WHEN are they going to invent “scratch & sniff” monitors?!!
    Come on computer geniuses of the world…it’s an idea that’s long overdue!
    [I need to call IT now…I scratched a hole in my monitor…]

    • Very funny, KJ! Sorry to cause your computer monitor distress. I totally agree – we need scratch-n-sniff technology NOW! Of course, if we had it, I’d never get anything else done. I’d be looking at my recipe for dark chocolate Reese’s peanut butter cup cupcakes and sniffing my computer ALL DAY LONG!

  5. Those look great! I made a lemon raspberry sauce to pour over pancakes on Easter morning and that was delish too. I love lemons… I love them the most in my diet coke!
    Have a great weekend!

    • Oooo…raspberry lemon sauce on pancakes sounds great. I love to cook down fruit to make my own pancake syrup. Our Mom did that for us when we were growing up. It’s my favorite way to eat pancakes. Well, fruit syrup or molasses. My 2 favorites. I had fish for lunch today and smothered it in fresh-squeezed lemons. So good. Maybe it’s just the warmer weather. It always makes me crave lemons, lemonade, lemon sorbet, etc. It’s all good!

  6. They look wonderful and you describe them so well!
    What could be bad. Lemony, blueberries just come into season, butter, lots of butter and maple syrup. My mouth says yum. My hips and blood pressure say one bite and back away from the table ma’am. Oh but they look goood!

    • They are truly fabulous pancakes. If you decide to try them, I hope you’ll come back and let me know what you thought. I enjoyed them so much, I’m thinking of making them again with strawberries or raspberries. Something about lemons and berries just gets me. Throw in real butter, and I’m gone!

  7. Kat

    We were drooling on the keyboard at work, these looked so good! I think what I love is that you could sub in raspberries/blackberries/peaches/anything, really and it would still be a totally loveable recipe.

    • Funny you should say that, Kat. I just put raspberries on my grocery list 5 minutes ago so I could try them, too! That lemon pancake batter would be great with just about any fruit. Heck, you could probably even add white chocolate chips or candied ginger, and it would be fantastic. Mmmmm…. I could eat pancakes for dinner tonight if TCP weren’t already making beef fajitas with all the fixins’ and margaritas. Maybe tomorrow night.

  8. I’m taking a weekend sabbatical with some pre-menopausal girlfriends to the Jersey Shore this weekend – Wildwood… Now that we are seriously mature adults, that neccessitated a pre-trip meeting with food, about the food we will take. I’m adding these to my list. I’ll either make and freeze or freeze the batter. But I will do raspberries, also. Or both, split the batter. Thanks for this post. I’ll start my summer diet,,…next week.

    • Your weekend sounds like a lot of fun! It kind of reminds me of our annual Hoegarden weekends – a “girls only” family retreat we hold each spring. Nothing beats an estrogen laden weekend with women you love and respect. Hope the pancakes are a hit. Since you’re self-proclaimed pre-menopausal girlfriends (which I can totally relate to), you should read my menopause post before you go, or print it to share with your girlfriends. I was inspired to write it during a particularly unpleasant hot flash. Here’s the link:

      Have a great weekend on the Jersey Shore!

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