Cardamom Pear Pancakes

Cardamom Pear Pancakes

More kitchen results from Snowoctober.

While it sure was winter weather over the weekend, we are pretty much back to lingering fall temperatures.

Earlier this year, I started experimenting with cardamom, a pungent and sweet tasting spice often paired with cinnamon or ginger. Currently, I use the ground version but I know need to try the pods. I’m sure it’s similar to advancing from ground nutmeg to grating your own (which once I started doing with my microplane, it’s the only way I use nutmeg now.) So back to the pears – I roasted them with cardamom, nutmeg, a little brown sugar and butter – wowzy. Talk about the smell of fall and deliciousness in your kitchen.

To me, pancakes are the mecca of breakfast (and sometimes dinner as well.) For these babies, once you pour the batter onto the griddle, you sprinkle some of the cardamom pears on top of the wet pancake before flipping. Or simply use as a topping when serving. Or both. I like the extra pears on the final stack, drizzled with a bit of honey. A yummy fall or winter breakfast for your family or for guests staying through the holidays. (Optional to serve with mimosas.)

Cardamom Pear Pancakes


Cardamom Pear Pancakes

Cardamom and pears are a delicious topping for your morning pancakes.

  • Author: by Deanna Segrave-Daly, RD
  • Yield: About 8 pancakes 1x




  • 4 medium pears, cored and finely chopped (about 2 1/2 cups)
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg


  • 1 cup all-purpose white flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups low-fat buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. For the pears, preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. In a large baking dish, mix together pears, brown sugar, butter, caradmom and nutmeg. Roast for 40 minutes or until pears are soft and golden brown, stirring occasionally.
  3. Remove from oven, set aside.
  4. For the pancakes, in a large bowl, whisk together flours, sugar, baking powder, soda and salt.
  5. In another bowl, beat together buttermilk, egg, butter and vanilla. Pour into dry ingredients and mix until just combined (do not overmix.)
  6. Heat a skillet or griddle over medium heat with cooking spray.
  7. Pour 1/3 cup batter into skillet. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of pears on top of batter.
  8. Cook until little bubbles on edges start to break, flip and cook other side until golden brown.
  9. Serve pancakes with remaining roasted pears and honey or maple syrup.

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