Pancakes with cherry vanilla syrup

These delicious pancakes with cherry vanilla syrup are exceptional enjoyed for a filling weekend brunch. You can also try this versatile syrup in milkshakes or drizzled over ice cream

  • 15 mins preparation
  • 20 mins cooking
  • Serves 4
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This recipe first appeared in Food magazine.
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  • 1 3/4 cup plain flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 squeeze lemon juice or ½ teaspoon vinegar
  • 30 gram butter, melted, plus extra for cooking
Cherry vanilla syrup
  • 2 cup cherries, pitted and halved
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 vanilla bean
  • 1/2 tablespoon arrowroot


  • 1
    Make the cherry vanilla syrup (see below).
  • 2
    Place flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a mixing bowl. Make a well in the middle and break in the egg. Sour the milk with the lemon juice or vinegar and pour half the milk on the egg.
  • 3
    Use a whisk to mix, gradually incorporating flour from around the sides of the bowl, adding remaining milk a little at a time to form a smooth batter. When all the milk has been incorporated, stir in the melted butter.
  • 4
    Melt a knob of the additional butter in a frying pan. Place generous spoonfuls of batter into the pan, pouring off the tip of the spoon to form round pancakes. Cook gently until bubbles form over the surface. Turn and cook on the other side until springy and golden. Cook the remaining batter.
  • 5
    Serve a stack of pancakes topped with warm cherry vanilla syrup.
Cherry vanilla syrup
  • 6
    Place cherries in a small saucepan with orange juice, sugar and vanilla bean; simmer until cherries are tender.
  • 7
    Spoon 1 tablespoon of liquid out of the saucepan and let it cool. Mix with arrowroot and return to the pan. Simmer gently until the syrup begins to gel. Remove from the heat.


  • Souring the milk with lemon juice or vinegar results in a more tender pancake. - The syrup can be drizzled into yoghurt and milkshakes or served over ice-cream. Make a cherry cola float with a couple of spoonfuls of cherry vanilla syrup in a glass, topped with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream and fizzy cola. - PER SERVE Energy 514kcal, 2155kj • Protein 16.6g • Total Fat 14.3g • Saturated Fat 8.1g • Carbohydrate 78.5g • Fibre 4.2g • Sodium 288mg