Lemon & Ginger Pancakes

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Pancakes, oh you know I love them. For Hungry Hubby, a perfect weekend would begin with a full English but for me, it would have to begin with a stack of pancakes. On those occasions I forgo a smoothie, spiced baked eggs or the ubiquitous avo on toast with lashings of Sriracha, then I love a tower of American, thick puffy pancakes.

Maple syrup and blueberries, with or without a rasher or two of streaky smoked bacon makes crawling out of bed an entirely pleasurable activity but my Lemon & Ginger Pancakes may persuade you to veer from tradition just a little. This time, I beat a little cream cheese into the batter to be reminiscent of lemon cheesecake and I separate the egg, folding in the whisked white to give extra lift and fluffiness.

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A sprinkling of poppy seeds, a grating of lemon and the gentle fire of ginger will wake up your taste buds and brighten your weekend mornings. If you love lemon drizzle and ginger cake then these will be right up your alley. Stem ginger serves a dual purpose here as you add a golden nugget of it to the pancake batter and you can also use the syrup from the jar to drizzle over your stack of pancakes as you eat.

I must admit, the lure of Golden Syrup is too much for me and if I’ve left my beloved maple syrup aside, then it’s this thick amber nectar I want to anoint my pancakes with. It is a full on flavour though so use judiciously so the lemon and ginger still shine through.

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Whilst making a perfect breakfast or brunch, these Lemon & Ginger Pancakes would be wonderful for dessert with a scoop of crème fraîche on the side too. Breakfast for dinner is always a winning proposition for me too so I wouldn’t blame you for foregoing the main course and going straight for these ;). And finally, if you love a scotch pancake, then spreading one with a little good salted butter once cold will perk up your afternoon tea break any day.

Lemon & Ginger Pancakes
Thick and puffy, just how I love my pancakes but this time studded with poppy seeds and flavoured with lemon and stem ginger. They would make an excellent dessert with a little crème fraîche on the side too mmm!
Servings: 2
: 424 kcal
Author: Just Jo
  • 1 medium egg separated
  • 35 g cream cheese
  • 1 nugget of stem ginger finely chopped
  • Zest of one lemon
  • 120 ml milk
  • 2 tsp poppy seeds
  • 150 g self-raising flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • Oil or butter to cook with
  • Syrup to serve from the stem ginger or use Golden Syrup
  1. Separate the egg and whisk the egg whites with a large whisk until they hold a peak.
  2. Beat the egg yolk, cream cheese, ginger and lemon zest until smooth with the whisk (no need to wash off the egg white).
  3. Beat in the milk and poppy seeds until smooth.
  4. Sift over the flour and whisk into the egg yolk mixture - this will be stiff and very thick.
  5. Fold in the whisked egg white, ensuring there are no streaks of white remaining.
  6. Preheat a heavy based frying pan or griddle on a low to medium heat (pancakes cook much better a little lower and slower to prevent them burning). Brush with a flavourless oil or a little knob of butter and keep a little extra for cooking the rest of the batch.
  7. Spoon in about 2-3 tbsp worth of batter into the preheated pan and cook for a couple of minutes per side - the puffing will be most noticeable when you turn them to cook the second side. Don't overcrowd the pan and remove to a warmed plate until all of them are cooked.
  8. Serve warm with syrup from the stem ginger or Golden Syrup as liked. If you have leftovers, they make an excellent snack cold spread with a little butter.
Recipe Notes

Adapted from Get the stem ginger recipe here:

Nutrition Facts
Lemon & Ginger Pancakes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 424 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g 18%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 107mg 36%
Sodium 117mg 5%
Potassium 355mg 10%
Total Carbohydrates 61g 20%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 6g
Protein 15g 30%
Vitamin A 9%
Calcium 20.3%
Iron 8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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By | 2018-02-01T08:09:15+00:00 June 5th, 2016|Categories: Brunch, Home Baking, Sweet Treats, Weekend Baking|Tags: , , , , |14 Comments


  1. Cookilicious 05/06/2016 at 16:15 - Reply

    I am always on the lookout for new pancakes recipes since we love pancakes. Your recipe sounds great..lemon and ginger combo! Surely gonna try it! :)

  2. Mica 05/06/2016 at 16:54 - Reply

    I love lemon. I love ginger. I love them together. There’s something special and gratifying about making pancakes from scratch! I like that you included cream cheese in your pancakes. Love the taste and texture they bring to the pancakes!

    • Just Jo 05/06/2016 at 17:46 - Reply

      It just makes it a little richer and brings a little tang. And I always seem to have a little cream cheese knocking around to be used up :D

  3. Valentina 05/06/2016 at 17:32 - Reply

    I absolutely love the touch of poppy seeds! How lovely!

  4. Julie 05/06/2016 at 17:43 - Reply

    These look amazing ! On my to- do list next weekend :)

  5. Jackie Garvin 05/06/2016 at 18:58 - Reply

    Lemon and ginger…what a beautiful explosion of flavors. The pancakes look so light and fluffy. Nicely done!

    • Just Jo 05/06/2016 at 22:18 - Reply

      That’s a great description – a flavour explosion :D

  6. pooja@poojascookery.com 05/06/2016 at 19:42 - Reply

    Hey . That’s just mouth watering. I loved the picture.

  7. Platter Talk 12/11/2016 at 13:27 - Reply

    Very nice flavor combination for a very classy pancake!

    • Just Jo 14/11/2016 at 09:31 - Reply

      Thank you! It’s lovely and zingy rather than sweet and heavy :D

  8. Kath 15/04/2017 at 07:08 - Reply

    Love pancakes, though I haven’t actually made these (yet!)
    I wanted to tell you about a recent conversation with my eldest, she has gluten intolerance & was telling me how she makes lovely pancakes with oats that she grinds down, and natural yoghurt.
    Maybe you could make them for your dad?

    • Just Jo 16/04/2017 at 09:02 - Reply

      Thanks Kath – Nigella has an oat pancake recipe in Simply Nigella I could adapt I’m sure. I’ve never made pancakes for my dad actually – he’s a porridge man for breakfast each and every day but there’s always time for a treat ;)

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