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How to add fruit to pancakes

Pancakes with berries

Blueberry pancakes are a great way to start off breakfast, but getting the fruit inside the pancakes can be surprisingly difficult. Stirring the berries into the batter seems like the best way to combine the two elements, though stirring can cause berries to burst and discolor the batter. Discoloration only gets worse when you use frozen berries, which don’t need to pop before they start to turn the batter purple. Even if you are extremely careful when folding in berries, gently giving them only a turn or two with a large spatula, the berries can burst when they touch the hot pan – not only discoloring the pancake, but making the griddle surface sticky.

To add berries (or other fruit) to pancakes without any of these side effects, you should pour the batter into your prepared pan, then place the fruit on top of the pancake while the batter is still wet and unset. Dab a bit of extra batter on top of each of the berries you placed to seal them in and protect them slightly from the heat of the pan. When you add the fruit in this way, the berries don’t have a chance to dye the batter, giving you pancakes that are not only tasty, but as good looking as those served in any diner.

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19 Comments
  • Cookie
    November 9, 2008

    Too funny…I just made pancakes with bananas and cranberries (separately), and this is the method I used!

  • Jodi
    November 9, 2008

    Great tip! Grey pancakes are not pretty!

  • giz
    November 9, 2008

    Yup…that’s the magic – add the fruit last – I do that with bananas too – it’s a no fail method.

  • FreshInk
    November 11, 2008

    Tat’s a wonderful tip..Many thanks!

  • Eve
    November 12, 2008

    Is this not stating the obvious?!?

  • mark
    December 6, 2008

    this is good but it is not how it is done in a real kitchen
    frozen blueberries are the best to use for pancakes they flavor the whole cake. Look at the picture do you want 3 berries in it and taste them a little at a time or through out the whole cake. I take fresh berries a mascerate them with sugar and then fold them into the batter.

  • chumpman
    January 13, 2009

    Thanks for good tip and inspiration of adding fruit to pancake, I will soon start with strawberries and blueberries

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  • Ashe
    March 31, 2014

    My birthday is coming up and I have requested blueberry pancakes for breakfast, I’m going to show this tip to my nephew before then so he knows how to do them properly when he makes them for me. Thank you for explaining it so well.

  • Katreniah
    March 29, 2017

    I haven’t made pancakes in quite a few years, and I was worried that it would be a complete failure. But this tip was invaluable, and the kids raved about the delicious strawberry pancakes I made. Thank you so much! You helped make “breakfast for dinner” a raving success.

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