Goat cheese in this recipe will make for extra soft and creamy pancakes. Add some lemon zest for flavor and turmeric for color and serve the pancakes with honey and fresh fruit, or customize with different toppings for various breakfast ideas with this one, easy recipe!
How to Use Goat Cheese in Recipes
Goat cheese has its own, distinct and quite strong flavor which, let’s be honest, you can either love or hate. But why not play around with it? Using goat cheese in a mixed-ingredient recipe makes it possible to either emphasize that goat cheese flavor or to moderate it.
To get the best results of the final recipe, use a spreadable goat cheese. Here are some ideas on how to make use of goat cheese in your kitchen:
- Incorporate into pancake batter or cake batter;
- Serve in a bowl, add herbs: chives, thyme, parsley or garlic and use as a vegetable dip;
- Mix with honey and lemon or orange zest and have it with some freshly baked sourdough bread (let me send you to the sourdough bread queen for more on how to make sourdough bread).
How to Customize These Pancakes? 5 Different Breakfast Ideas from 1 Recipe
If you take lemon zest and turmeric away from this recipe, you end up with a pretty good, universal fluffy pancake batter that you can customize however you want. It’s a great recipe to use with both sweet and savory breakfasts. What’s great is that you can serve them to your friends or family on different brunch occasions!
Sweet serving ideas – keep the lemon zest in the recipe for lighter, lemon goat cheese flavor and serve pancakes with:
- honey, blueberries and chopped hazelnuts;
- maple syrup, fresh figs and raspberries;
- passion fruit and banana.
If you want to go for a savory option, skip the lemon zest from the pancake batter recipe and top the pancakes with:
- maple syrup and pieces of fried bacon;
- avocado, cherry tomatoes and roasted sunflower seeds.
Ingredients in These Lemon Flavor Goat Cheese Pancakes
- Spreadable goat cheese – is the key ingredient of this recipe. It makes the pancakes extra moist and super fluffy. This ingredient is absolutely essential!
- Lemon zest – make sure to wash the lemon well and blanch it (i.e. wash over with boiling water) before zesting it. A quick tip for zesting lemons is to be careful not to zest too much of the white membrane inside as that’ll make the recipe you prepare bitter.
- Butter – adding some melted butter will help make the pancakes moist. You can substitute the butter in 1:1 proportion with vegetable oil. However, if you use butter it’ll give your pancakes a really nice, buttery flavor.
- All-purpose flour – you can substitute for whole-wheat flour minding the right proportions but all-purpose flour will make your pancakes more crispy!
- Baking powder – or a baking soda, substituted in 1:1 proportion. This ingredient will make them super fluffy and will help you make sure that they rise properly. This recipe is ingredient heavy so make sure not to miss out baking powder as they’ll need it!
- Just a pinch of salt – this will help your pancakes not to lose their flavor.
- Turmeric – this is the fun ingredient of this recipe! It’ll change your pancakes color to a strong yellow which will really complement the lemon flavor. Not to mention all the health benefits of it!
- Eggs – will help to keep the pancakes consistency light.
- Sugar – it’ll add a bit of sweetness, but not too much so that you can add more of your honey or maple syrup toppings.
- Milk – will add some moisture to the pancakes. You can sub the milk for water, but the pancakes will have a less creamy flavor.
Fluffy Lemon Flavor Goat Cheese Pancakes
For the Pancakes
- Zest of 1/2 lemon
- 50 g unsalted butter (melt)
- 180 g all-purpose flour
- 4 g baking powder
- A pinch of salt
- 8 g turmeric
- 2 eggs
- 40 g white granulated sugar
- 150 g spreadable goat cheese
- 100 ml milk (can be plant-based milk)
For the Raspberry Syrup
- 150 g fresh raspberries
- 10 g confectioners' sugar
- 20 g honey
- 5 ml lemon juice
For the Pancakes
- Wash the lemon, pour over with boiling hot water and zest one half of the lemon.
- In a small pot, melt the butter over low heat. Set aside.
- In a small bowl combine together flour, baking powder, salt and turmeric.
- Fit a stand mixer with the whisk attachment. Use a medium size bowl and place the eggs and white sugar in. Beat on medium speed gradually increasing to high until light and glossy.
- Use a rubber spatula to gently fold in 1/3 of the flour mix, then combine on low speed. With the rubber spatula scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add goat cheese and milk and combine on low speed just until incorporated. Add the lemon zest and remaining flour mixture. Mix on low speed just until well incorporated.
- Lastly, scrape down the sides of the bowl and add the melted butter. Combine on low speed for 30 seconds, increasing to high speed for the last 10 seconds.
- Preheat a non-stick frying pan, scoop out 2 tablespoons onto a hot pan. Cook for approx. 4 mins on one side, until bubbles form and the top sets gently. Flip to the other side and cook for 2 more minutes.
For the Raspberry Syrup
- Place all ingredients in a blender and mix together just until combined. Pour over your pancake stack and decorate with some extra fresh fruit if desired.
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