orange coconut silver dollar pancakes

May 11th, 2009

It’s been a while since I’ve made pancakes, but let me tell you, I’m coming back with a bang. Every weekend I walk past a restaurant that serves the cutest little silver dollar pancakes all stacked on top of one another. That’s where I got the idea to make some of the miniature pancakes… but what to put in them? I opened up my pantry, dug around a bit (I have way too many impulse purchase spices, sauces etc hanging out in there) and that’s when I saw my jar of coconut. Yup, that sounded just right, especially if I combined it with a little orange zest. That’s how orange coconut silver dollar pancakes were born.

I combined the usual dry ingredients, flour, sugar, baking powder and salt, but then I added finely shredded coconut. Along with the milk, eggs and butter, I added a little fresh squeezed orange juice. Then to top it all off, once I’d combined the wet and dry, I folded in some orange zest.

I heated a little butter in my cast iron skilled and dropped a few tablespoons of batter onto the hot skillet. They quickly sizzled away, casting off a lovely citrus scent. After a sloppy flip and a little more time to cook, I plopped them on a plate and repeated the process. I quickly learned that a large flat skillet is probably the best way to cook silver dollar pancakes, but since I was already on my way, I just kept at it on my 7 inch skillet.

All that work paid off because those little disks of goodness were awesome! Really, I don’t mean to brag, but these deserve it. They are so fluffy but because of their size they have the perfect amount of crispiness around the edges. Oh, and the flavor of that batter is just delicious. The coconut is there but isn’t overwhelming and really works hand in hand with the orange.

They really don’t need a topping because they have enough flavor to stand on their own, but I’m stuck in my ways and feel that pancakes should have a little something on top. Syrup just didn’t seem right because the flavor would just overwhelm it. Aaron came up with the great idea of jam on top and I thought it sounded perfect. All I had in the fridge was some strawberry jam, so I added a little water to thin it out a bit and then topped my stack of pancakes with a spoonful. Oh. Boy. It was awesomely delicious. What a great way to start the morning.

orange coconut silver dollar pancakes
makes about 24 3-inch pancakes

3/4 cup flour
2 T sugar
2 t baking powder
1/2 t salt
1/4 cup coconut
3/4 cup whole milk
1 egg
1 1/2 T butter, plus more for the skillet
1/2 t vanilla
1 T orange zest
1 T freshly squeezed orange juice
jam of your choice

In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and coconut.
In a separate bowl, combine the milk, egg, butter, vanilla and orange juice.
Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add the wet ingredients. Stir to combine.
Fold in the orange zest.
Heat a little butter in a cast iron skillet over medium heat. Once it’s melted add 1 tablespoon of batter to the pan. If you can fit more that one pancake in the pan at a time, do it.
Let cook for about 2 minutes or until golden, then flip and let cook for another 2.
Depending on your preferences and the thickness of your jam, you may want to add a tiny bit of water to thin it out a bit.
Stack a bunch of the pancakes on top of one another and top them off with the jam.
Eat up!

Comments: 6 Total

  1. Dana

    May 11, 2009 at 8:58 am

    What a delicious combo! My boys and husband absolutely love pancakes but I find them kind of boring. I’ll try this recipe instead. Thanks!

  2. Iris

    May 11, 2009 at 10:10 am

    these look incredible! i love how you found all you needed with what you already had, and made something deliciously fancy, simple and sweet. i’m trying these tonight for dinner!

  3. grace

    May 12, 2009 at 5:35 am

    i’m convinced that i love any and all pancakes, but i have a feeling i’d be particularly fond of these. i’ll most definitely be adding some coconut to my next batch. :)

  4. Kelly

    May 12, 2009 at 6:39 am

    I like the way you think! Pancakes for dinner… yum!

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    May 12, 2009 at 4:40 pm
  6. links london

    April 6, 2010 at 9:44 pm

    i’ll most definitely be adding some coconut to my next batch.

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