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Orange Sour Cream Pancakes with Cointreau Maple Syrup

Oh babyyy~ You know, I’m not usually one to toot my own horn, but god damn these pancakes are good divine! I have been making pancakes so much lately on the weekends and experimenting a lot, that I now know what creates a really moist pancake… and that is the addition of sour cream. Sour cream is so amazing and versatile, I love adding it to batters where I want  to have just a little bit extra moisture without having to add extra fat. Sour cream is also one of my secret ingredients in my ultra soft scrambled eggs. Shh! Keep that a secret!

Another secret to having great pancakes, is letting the pancake batter rest in the fridge before cooking. Doing so allows the baking powder to form little bubble all throughout the batter which makes the pancakes nice and fluffy. Resting also allows the gluten in the batter to relax a bit so the pancakes come out nice and tender, and not super chewy.  Just make sure that when you take the batter out of the fridge, avoid the urge to mix the batter. I know it might be hard, but mixing the batter will only cause the bubbles to “burst” and result in a deflated batter.

I love this pancake recipe because there is so much you can do with it. All you have to do is swap out some ingredients, add a few more and you have something complete different! I’ve used this recipe to make pancakes flavoured with Baileys and WowButter (a peanut butter replacement product for those allergic to nuts ) and pancakes flavoured with bananas and bourbon. I haven’t posted these recipes yet  mainly because I feel like my blog has now turned into a breakfast blog. For the love of god, where are the dinner recipes?! Patience my friends, the recipes will come. My main issue is that I’m always chasing the daylight so as a result most of my picture worthy cooking happens in the morning and on weekends. But now that spring is here, I have more daylight! So that means I’ll actually have some decent light when I come home after work. Yay!

Orange sour cream pancakes

Would.You.Just.Look.At.That.   (By the way if you care for a laugh, watch this YouTube video. It’s pretty funny. )

Orange sour cream pancakes

Orange Sour Cream Pancakes with Cointreau Maple Syrup

Warm and buttery pancakes flavoured with orange, served with a healthy dose of whip cream, toasted coconuts, and Cointreau maple syrup. What could be better?
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Prep 15 minutes
Cook 8 minutes
Total 23 minutes
Yields 8 pancakes
Author Emi


Boozy Fruit Salad

  • sliced fruit (orange, pineapple, strawberry, peach)
  • Limoncello
  • Cointreau
  • honey
  • mint fresh

Toasted Coconut

  • coconut shredded, unsweetened

Pancake Batter (Wet ingredients)

  • 1 cup sour cream
  • zest of 1 large navel orange
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Pancake Batter (Dry ingredients)

  • 1 cup all-purpose (AP) flour
  • 3 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • pinch salt
  • oil or butter for griddle

Cointreau Maple Syrup

  • unsalted butter
  • real maple syrup
  • Cointreau

For Serving

  • butter
  • whip cream optional
  • Cointreau maple syrup
  • toasted coconut
  • cinnamon
  • boozy fruit salad on side


  1. In a small bowl add sliced fruit and a couple of splashes of limoncello and cointreau. Drizzle in some honey and gently mix. Let the fruit salad sit in the fridge for about 10 mins. (The mint will be added to the fruit salad just before serving.)
  2. In a small skillet, add a handful of coconut and cook over medium heat. Stir frequently until most of the flakes are golden brown. Set the coconut aside for later use.
  3. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients. Add the dry ingredients and whisk until combined.
  4. Let the pancake batter rest in the fridge for 15 mins. (Note: Do not mix the batter after you take it out of the fridge or it will deflate.)
  5. Heat a griddle to medium heat and cover the surface of the griddle with oil . Using a ⅓ cup ladle, pour the batter onto the griddle. Make sure to have a couple of inches in between each pancake. Cook for a couple of minutes, until bubbles appear in the pancake batter and the underside is golden. Flip the pancakes and cook for another couple of minutes. (Note: Keep your pancakes warm in an oven set to 180 F while cooking the remaining pancakes.)
  6. While the pancakes cook, prepare the Cointreau maple syrup. In a small saucepan melt butter on low. Add in as much maple syrup as you need and add a couple of splashes of Cointreau. Adjust the amounts to your taste.
  7. Top the pancakes with a pat of butter and a dollop of whip cream (if you are feeling extra indulgent). Drizzle over the Cointreau maple syrup, toasted coconut, a dusting of cinnamon, and and serve with a side of boozy fruit salad topped with fresh mint.
  8. Enjoy!


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1 Comment

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    Dear Guts
    April 3, 2016 at 9:36 am

    These look amazing! I’m trying to stay away from sugar this month but definitely saving this recipe for later!

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