Father’s Day is quickly approaching, so show your Dad how much he means to you by spoiling him with breakfast in bed, and more specifically, a stack of glorious, pillowy pancakes. Whether your Dad likes the custard-like middle of a giant German pancake or prefers the crispy edges of a classic griddle cake, I’ve got you covered. Here, 5 of my all-time favorite pancake recipes for Dad.
Blackberry Farm’s Griddle Cakes
These exceptional griddle cakes are from the Editors at Bon Appetit Magazine and Tennessee’s luxury getaway in the Great Smoky Mountains, Blackberry Farm. The dry ingredients are a mix of nutty buckwheat, brown rice and oat flours, plus a bit of yellow cornmeal, giving the finished pancakes a slight bite. The middle of these cakes puff up perfectly, while the edges get lacy and crisp. To speed up this process, you can also double or triple the dry ingredients ahead of time and store them until you’re ready to whip up a batch. I like to keep the dry mix in the freezer so it stays extra-fresh.
Magnolia Pancake Haus’s Pfannekuchen
Pfannekuchen, the giant puffed German pancake, is one of my absolute favorite foods because one pancake can serve a crowd and they can go sweet or savory (ham and cheese, anyone?). This classic Bavarian version from Magnolia Pancake Haus in San Antonio involves getting your skillet nice and hot and cooking tart Granny Smith apples in a brown sugar caramel before pouring in the batter. The batter hits the hot skillet and puffs up giving you airy peaks and a rich, creamy center.
Curtis Stone’s Whole Wheat Buttermilk Pancakes
I love this twist on a classic buttermilk pancake from master chef Curtis Stone. He uses a mix of all-purpose and whole wheat flour, then adds a scoop of instant oats for a heartier, nutty pancake. To finish it all off, he doctors up a pure maple syrup with a touch of orange zest and fresh strawberries to drizzle over the top.
Boy and the Rabbit’s Pancake in a Jar
This clever recipe is from one of my favorite bloggers, Boy and the Rabbit. All of his recipes are vegan, but this one can easily be changed to real dairy for Dad. This “pancake” involves piling blueberries in a heatproof jar and then topping it with an easy batter. Pop the jar in the microwave and you have a cloud-like pancake in minutes and didn’t even have to get out that skillet.
The Breakfast Klub’s Wings & Waffles
Ok, yes, this is not technically a pancake, but I know that Dad will be thrilled with this play on one of our favorite breakfasts. The Houston spot The Breakfast Klub serves crispy waffles with even crispier chicken wings for a fantastic sweet and savory combo. Use your go-to dry waffle mix for this recipe and make sure you leave ample time for your chicken wings to brine before breading and frying – this is what makes the meat so tender and juicy. When your wings are about to hit the fryer, that is the time to get the waffle iron hot and ready.