Goat Cheese Pancakes with Blackberry Compote
Serves 2 to 4; makes 6 to 8 pancakes
Sitting down to a big stack of pancakes for a weekend breakfast at home always makes me giddy. I break out the cast-iron griddle, which is my secret to pancakes with perfect crisp edges and fluffy melt-in-your-mouth centers.
In this recipe, goat cheese is folded into the batter to add a layer of richness and moistness to the pancakes.
For the Blackberry Compote:
1⁄2 cup water
1⁄4 cup sugar
11⁄2 cups fresh or frozen blackberries 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice Pinch of ground cinnamon
For the Pancakes:
4 ounces soft goat cheese, crumbled
1 large egg, beaten
1 cup milk
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted 1⁄2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder Pinch of salt
Finely grated zest of 1 lemon 1 cup all-purpose flour
To make the Blackberry Compote: In a medium saucepan, combine the water, sugar, blackberries, lemon juice, and cinnamon. Place over medium heat and bring to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer, stirring constantly until the mixture thickens and blackberries begin to soften, about 10 minutes. Cover and set aside to keep warm.
To make the pancakes: preheat the oven to 200°F.
In a large bowl, combine the goat cheese, egg, milk, butter, and vanilla, and using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat until just combined. Reduce the speed to low and add the sugar, baking powder, salt, and lemon zest. Slowly add the flour until just mixed—lumps are okay—you want to keep the batter as light and airy as possible.
Oil a large cast-iron skillet or griddle and heat it thoroughly over medium heat. Spoon 1⁄4 cup batter onto the skillet for each pancake (making 2 or 3 at a time depending on the size of your skillet) and cook for 1 to 2 minutes, until bubbles form on the surface and the underside is lightly browned. Flip over and cook the other side until golden. Repeat until all the batter is used up. Keep the pancakes warm in the oven until you are ready to eat. Serve in stacks with the warm Black- berry Compote.