Oct 8
2012

Caramel & Sea Salt Pear Pancake Recipe

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Caramel & Sea Salt Pear Pancake Recipe by Cookin' Canuck

There’s something about burning calories that makes good food taste great. Runner’s World Magazine recently published an article on pancakes, touting them as one of the most-craved foods following a long run. Pancakes, breakfast burritos, bacon, homefries…it all sounds pretty darn good to me after exerting any sort of energy. But okay, let’s stick with pancakes for now – ladled with caramel and sea salt Bartlett pears, if you please.

In the Runner’s World article, the basic pancake recipe is written by the sweet and talented Pam Anderson of Three Many Cooks (she’s a regular contributor to the magazine). And then there are the dozen or so flavor variations to fit every palate. Well, I decided to add one of my own.

“Are these healthy?” you might ask. Well, the pancakes are made with whole wheat pastry flour. Does that count? And there are pears. Two points for healthy. But then there’s the little matter of the butter and brown sugar used to make the caramel. Sigh, well I didn’t say they were perfect. However, if you just went for a hike, downward-dogged yourself into a sweat in yoga class or ran a 5k, you deserve a little treat.

The recipe:

The pears:
In a saucepan set over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the brown sugar, cinnamon and salt, and stir to combine.

Caramel & Sea Salt Pear Pancake Recipe

Stir in the pears and cook, simmering, until the pears are tender. You may need to turn down the heat slightly to keep the caramel at a gentle simmer.

Keep warm on low heat until ready to serve.

The pancakes:
In a large bowl, whisk the eggs. Add the flour, milk, brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and salt. Mix well.

Heat a frying pan over medium heat or heat a griddle to 375 degrees F. Using a 1/4 cup measuring cup, scoop the batter onto the griddle. When the pancakes start to bubble on top, flip them over and cook until the batter is cooked all the way through. Repeat with the remaining batter.

Serve the pancakes, with the pear and caramel sauce spooned over top. Serve with extra maple syrup, if desired.

Caramel & Sea Salt Pear Pancake Recipe by Cookin' Canuck

Other post-exercise breakfast ideas:

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Cookin’ Canuck’s Sweet Potato Hash with Canadian Bacon, Red Pepper & Sage
Cookin’ Canuck’s Southwestern Breakfast Quesadilla with Eggs, Black Beans & Salsa
Two Peas and Their Pod’s Cinnamon Streusel Pancakes
Eclectic Recipes’ Sausage & Eggs Benedict with Mock Hollandaise Sauce
How To: Simplify’s Egg, Pepper & Bacon Breakfast Burritos

Caramel & Sea Salt Pear Pancakes

Yield: Makes approximately 12 6-inch pancakes

Caramel & Sea Salt Pear Pancakes

From the kitchen of Cookin Canuck. www.cookincanuck.com

Ingredients

    The pancakes:
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 1/2 cup skim milk (or more if batter is too thick)
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup (or honey, agave nectar or brown sugar)
  • 2 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp ground allspice
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • The pears:
  • 6 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 3 tbsp (packed) brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 3 Bartlett pears, cored and chopped
  • Extra maple syrup, if desired

Instructions

    The pancakes:
  1. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs. Add the flour, milk, brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and salt. Mix well.
  2. Heat a frying pan over medium heat or heat a griddle to 375 degrees F. Using a 1/4 cup measuring cup, scoop the batter onto the griddle. When the pancakes start to bubble on top, flip them over and cook until the batter is cooked all the way through.
  3. Repeat with the remaining batter.
  4. The pears:
  5. In a saucepan set over medium heat, melt the butter.
  6. Add the brown sugar, cinnamon and salt, and stir to combine.
  7. Stir in the pears and cook, simmering, until the pears are tender. You may need to turn down the heat slightly to keep the caramel at a gentle simmer.
  8. Serve the pancakes, with the pear and caramel sauce spooned over top.
  9. Serve with extra maple syrup, if desired.

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1 Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar October 8, 2012 at 7:12 am

Love these! So great for fall :)

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2 Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch October 8, 2012 at 7:15 am

These pancakes are perfect this time of year. Gorgeous!

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3 Kay @ The Church Cook October 8, 2012 at 7:27 am

wow, Dara! This looks fabulous! Perfect for this cool fall morning we are having in Savannah, Georgia!

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4 Cookbook Queen October 8, 2012 at 7:39 am

Dara, these look FAB!! So warm and cinnamoney and Fall-ey. I’d love to have a huge stack of these right now!!

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5 Maria October 8, 2012 at 7:41 am

I will take a big stack!

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6 kelley October 8, 2012 at 7:45 am

The pears have been so fantastic this year, what a great way to use them! I love a hearty breakfast after a good workout so I totally relate! Hope your marathon was great and I can’t wait to hear about it!

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7 Kare @ Kitchen Treaty October 8, 2012 at 7:53 am

Fancy pancakes! Sometimes an indulgence is in order, right? These look so, so fabulous.

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8 Dara @how_to_eat October 8, 2012 at 8:38 am

When I was training for the NYC marathon last year, pumpkin-pecan pancakes was my favourite thing to eat after a long run. I’ll have to give these a try!

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9 Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. October 8, 2012 at 9:21 am

these look incredible Dara! I could grab one right off the screen!

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10 marla October 8, 2012 at 9:21 am

Looks amazing!! I love a great stack of pancakes no matter what the event or time of day… xo

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11 Krista October 8, 2012 at 9:27 am

These look amazing! So proud of you after your marathon yesterday! You definitely deserve a big stack of these.

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12 Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings October 8, 2012 at 9:28 am

pear pancakes- yum! Look delicious!

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13 bellini October 8, 2012 at 9:33 am

Love these!

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14 KalynsKitchen October 8, 2012 at 9:41 am

Gorgeous! I am a big fan of pears.

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15 Cassie October 8, 2012 at 10:03 am

These are definitely a great treat for running a race. I love the combination of flavors! Congrats on the race this weekend, Dara, I can’t wait to hear more about it!

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16 Wendy October 8, 2012 at 12:24 pm

I love this! I have always loved pears but don’t know that I’ve ever tried them as a pancake topping. Recently my 6 year old has announced that he “no longer likes syrup” (weird, right?) and I’ve been trying to come up with something to keep him from drenching his pancakes in butter. I can’t wait to give this a try!

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17 Annalise October 8, 2012 at 12:42 pm

What if I haven’t done any exercise? :) I’m a pancake fanatic, and these sound fabulous!

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18 addie | culicurious October 8, 2012 at 1:19 pm

great idea and flavor combo :) definitely looks like a great post-run chow down dish. Congrats on completing another marathon as well. What an accomplishment.

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19 Julie @Savvy Eats October 8, 2012 at 1:20 pm

These looks AWESOME. But did you mean to call the recipe “Ice Cream? Pears? Burger?” in ZipList? ;)

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20 Laura (Tutti Dolci) October 8, 2012 at 1:47 pm

I want to dig in to that stack! Gorgeous, caramel and pears goes so well together!

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21 carrian October 8, 2012 at 2:47 pm

Those look so soft and wonderful. Hello fall!

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22 Julia (the roasted root) October 8, 2012 at 3:50 pm

I definitely crave a plate of stacked caramel-topped pancakes with fresh pair after a run or bike ride! Looks fantastic, can’t wait to try!

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23 Pretend Chef October 8, 2012 at 5:00 pm

These look so delicious and perfect for a fall morning. Crave worthy! Now I need to get moving to justify eating a plateful.

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24 Donna October 8, 2012 at 5:16 pm

Whoa – when can I come over for breakfast?!

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25 Liz @ The Lemon Bowl October 9, 2012 at 5:38 am

I was just reading that pears are the overlooked fruit of the season!! Gorgeous recipe.. I love sea salt on sweet foods.

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26 kirsten@FarmFreshFeasts October 9, 2012 at 5:39 am

Do I have to run a marathon before I indulge? I’d be happy to prep the garden for winter or walk the dog or make a pizza or do some Pilates instead.
Thanks for the recipe-they look lovely and so does your website!

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27 Deborah October 9, 2012 at 8:31 am

I think if anyone deserves these pancakes, you do!! They look amazing!!

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28 carolinaheartstrings October 9, 2012 at 6:10 pm

What a delicious looking recipe. As always I know that it tastes as amazing as it looks. Come and visit Dara, we have a terrific giveaway this week.

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29 Christine October 10, 2012 at 7:15 am

These look delicious! Just stumbled onto your blog. I think I will be looking around some more… Everything looks so yummy!

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30 Kari@Loaves and Dishes October 10, 2012 at 5:09 pm

Love the fall flavors of these pancakes. And, yes… I would consider this a healthy breakfast!

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31 Rachel Cooks October 11, 2012 at 1:27 pm

I’m loving these pancakes! Hope you had an extra helping after your marathon! :)

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32 Averie @ Averie Cooks October 13, 2012 at 11:04 am

Dara these are just gorgeous! Repinned! Great to eat anytime, especially after a run :)

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33 Marilyn October 17, 2012 at 6:10 am

Mmm…you gotta love the runner’s appetite. :-)

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34 Carolyn October 29, 2012 at 9:32 pm

LOVE, LOVE THESE PEAR PANCAKES!!! A GREAT BRUNCH yesterday with sausage & COFFEE:) Thanks so much.hugs Carolyn a Candian!

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35 Me And My Sweets November 11, 2012 at 9:03 am

Hi,

I’ll be featuring your amazing looking pizza on the 18th of November and I hope that is ok? I’m a new happy follower of your lovely blog and would be happy if you would like to do the same for me.

http://www.meandmysweets.blogspot.com

Cheers!

Johanna

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36 Erin @ Texanerin Baking November 18, 2012 at 12:11 pm

But the pancakes themselves are really healthy. That’s definitely a bonus! They sound delicious. I bet these would be great with apples. I can’t get enough of them this year. :)

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