Pancakes are one of the most classic breakfast dishes around. They go well with both sweet and savory foods and they’re fun (and easy) to customize to just your tastes. We’ve seen a lot of different ingredients put into pancakes- from cottage cheese to Rosa Parks’ peanut butter pancake recipe. But, now you can make some tasty grown up beer pancakes, too!
For those who want to make this recipe kid-friendly you can use Sprite instead. Or for a darker flavor root beer can be subbed here. Any carbonated beverage will add lift and rise to your pancakes, but different drinks add different flavors. For brunches and breakfasts where only adults will be eating, these beer pancakes make a wonderful change of pace.
As any beer lover knows the beverage isn’t just good for drinking. Beer also brings flavor to any dish it’s added to. For this recipe a light beer or pilsner is recommended, but if you really wanted to you could try this recipe with a stout beer like Guinness. The only downside to this is that the strong flavor might overpower some of the lighter toppings that are so good on pancakes, like honey or fresh fruit.
To make this recipe you’ll need flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, 1 egg, vegetable oil, vanilla and cinnamon for flavor, and of course your beer. You only need 1 cup of beer for this recipe.
After combining the dry ingredients and setting them aside, you mix together the wet ingredients before combining both together to form the batter. It’s important not to over mix any pancake batter, but particularly batters which contain any carbonated liquids as this can cause the fizz to dissipate.
Then you just fry the pancakes up like normal and top with your favorite fruit, honey, syrup, a dusting of powdered sugar, cinnamon sugar, or whatever else floats your boat. It’s an easy way to make your breakfast or brunch (or brinner) a little more interesting and flavorful.
Grown-Up Beer Pancakes
Makes 8 pancakes
10m prep time
15m cook time
- 1 1/4 cup flour
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 cup pilsner or light beer
- 1 egg
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon in a small bowl.
- In a large bowl mix together beer, egg, oil, and vanilla.
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, but do not over mix. Batter will be slightly lumpy.
- Using about 1/4 cup of batter for each pancake, cook the pancakes for 2-5 minutes each side on medium heat. Serve with fruit, maple syrup, or your favorite pancake fixins.
Recipe adapted from Live Eat Learn.