Lemon Poppy Seed Pancakes

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12 - 15 pancakes
Prep time
15 mins
Cooking time
15 mins

Perfect for everything from Easter brunch to weekend breakfasts, these fluffy pancakes deliver a bright, citrus tang accented with poppy seeds for a hint of nuttiness and crunchy texture.

Serve up a short (or tall) stack with fresh fruit and plenty of warm maple syrup.


  • 375 ml Milk
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon zest
  • 240 g plain flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 2 tablespoons poppy seeds
  • Butter for frying


  1. Mix the wet ingredients —In a small bowl, add milk and fresh lemon juice. Set aside for about 10 minutes to allow milk to curdle. Whisk in eggs and vanilla extract and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, mix the dry ingredients—In a large bowl, add sugar and lemon zest, rubbing together with your fingers until sugar is damp. Add flour, baking powder, and salt and stir until evenly combined.
  3. Make the batter—Pour the milk mixture into the flour mixture and stir to combine. Batter will have lots of small lumps and that’s ok. Stir in the melted butter and poppy seeds until evenly distributed. Let the batter rest for about 15 minutes.
  4. Prep the pan—Place a large frying pan over medium heat. When a drop of water sizzles on the pan, it’s good to go. Add a bit of butter to the pan and swirl to distribute.
  5. Make the pancakes—Pour about 1/4 cup batter into the pan for each pancake (you might fit 2 or 3 pancakes depending on size of your pan). Cook until edges set and bubbles form all over the tops of pancakes. Flip and cook for another minute or two until browned. Repeat with the rest of the batter. Serve warm with butter and plenty of maple syrup.

Cook's notes

Give it a Rest! 

Letting pancake batter rest before cooking gives milk time to dissolve lumps and allows gluten to relax, ensuring lighter, fluffier pancakes. 


Don’t Flip Out

Making pancakes requires patience. If they’re too floppy to flip, they’re not cooked enough. Wait till the bubbles on top pop and don’t fill back in.

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