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Cardamom Pancakes with Orange Blossom Syrup & Pistachios

1 March 2010

Cardamom Pancakes with Orange Blossom Syrup & Pistachios


Can you believe it’s March already?

I woke up this morning completely unaware that we had stepped into a new month, till I received the news on Twitter (the source of most if not all my information these days)!  Oh how I love March! March means the onset of spring even though it isn’t officially spring till March 20th also known as the Vernal Equinox. It’s a great month that signals a fresh start, longer days, the chirping of birds, the end of hibernation (for me) and that summer is soon to follow. And what does my heart and soul love more than spring?  Of course, summer!

Cardamom Pancakes

I now see the light at the end of the tunnel and I know I will be braving the beautiful outdoors once again! Back to lovely walks along Brighton Beach Boardwalk (a big devastating tease but nevertheless better than concrete), BBQ’s, picnics in the park, wearing just a decent amount of clothing and being able to work from my front garden and relish the glorious sun trap.

Cardamom Pancakes with Orange Blossom Syrup & Pistachios

A reason to celebrate, no? Yes. I am celebrating with a big, huge pile of pancakes. They are outrageously luscious. But, don’t take my word for it…You’ll just have to make them to know for yourselves!

P.S- The H2ope for Haiti fundraiser is still running and there are over 30 prizes up for grabs- some have not even been bid for. Watcha waiting for?

Also, Qype London recently did an interview with me (Yup little moi and I didn’t have to drug them either! 🙂 Anyway, here it is if you’re interested in knowing more about this blog, Lebanese BBQ’s, the citizen reviewer and why cooking is sexy!

Cardamom Pancakes with Orange Blossom Syrup & Pistachios
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Total time


Serves: Serves 2 - 4

For the batter
  • 250ml or about 1 cup milk
  • 227g or 1.5 cups of flour
  • 2 large eggs
  • 60g or ½ cup of butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cardamom pod, pounded should yield a generous pinch
For the syrup
  • 100ml or about ½ cup of water
  • 200g or about 1 cup sugar
  • 15ml or 1 tablespoon juice of lemon
  • 15ml or 1 tablespoon orange blossom water (found in any Middle Eastern specialty store)
  • about 20g (a good handful) of pistachios

  1. In a bowl sift together dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, sugar, salt & cardamom powder.
  2. In a separate bowl whisk together all the wet ingredients; butter, milk and eggs. Now combine the wet and dry ingredients and whisk them until smooth. Set aside the mixture for about 10-15 minutes.
  3. In the meantime place a heavy-bottomed saucepan on medium flame and add all the ingredients listed for the syrup: sugar, water, orange blossom water and lemon juice and bring to a gentle boil. Once boiling reduce heat and let it simmer (stirring often) for about 20 minutes or till thick. Remove off flame and set aside.
  4. Now place a heavy-bottomed chef pan on medium flame and lightly wipe with some butter. Once the pan is hot about 1 minute drizzle in about 100ml or ½ cup of the batter at a time. This recipe yields cakey pancakes. If you desire thinner varieties then add a little more milk to the batter accordingly.
  5. Pile ’em up high lathered sandwiched with slivers of butter, drizzle with the orange blossom syrup, sprinkle with the pistachios and dig in!


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38 thoughts on “Cardamom Pancakes with Orange Blossom Syrup & Pistachios

  1. oh yeah – cardamom is my spice and loving it in the pancakes! like you i am eagerly awaiting spirng/summer and cannot wait to relax on the terrace/garden too. plus summer means FBC soon!!

  2. After yesterday’s lunch, A. wants to know if you’re available for catering on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, every weekend, and also on Mondays and Fridays every week. 😉 Love me some pancakes.

  3. Meeta- Oh boy the day is nearing and I’ll be there soaking it up!
    Hilda- Papoose visitation rights…Hello!!!

  4. Till now i have only made really thin pancakes.
    Love the combination of orange blossom syrup and the nuts. heer too the sun as been shininglike it is summer time 🙂

  5. i can’t find any better words than hilda did above – love me some pancakes !! and cardamon pancakes at that, gorgeously styled like these here? just tell me when to come over for breakfast, i’m so there ! 🙂 spring, summer, fall or even winter !

  6. Love these flavours.

    Can you tell me which brand of Orange Blossom water you buy please – there are so many in the Middle Eastern shops here in London. I’m also trying to get some decent Rose Water – there are some that are organic and really expensive (probably best for my face that cakes/iciing!), others tho are slightly synthetic. Thanks xx

    1. Caroline-I use a product called Al Rabih for both rosewater and orange blossom water… I know what you mean about the organic ones and they are very pricey, even the non organic ones in Waitrose for a little tinsey bottle are ridiculous.

  7. I heart orange blossom syrup. I almost made some on pancake day but by the time I got round to it, I’d made so many different pancakes, I was all pancaked out, but I will try it soon. Just bought rose syrup recently and you’ve made me realise I probably could have made it myself for much cheaper! Ah well! You live and learn.

  8. Well, first of all – congratulations on the feature! It’s always great to read about fellow bloggers and to see you recognized! And second, those pancakes do look like a delicious way to celebrate the feature and the change of season! What an lovely flavour combination!

    1. Thank you Trissa 🙂

      Curious Baker- Yes always cheaper and tastier to make at home 🙂

      Mowie- It is like baklawa in pancake form!

  9. and why wouldn’t you celebrate SUNSHINE with a big huge pile of pancakes? I know I would – and yours look delicious! I {heart} pistachios!

  10. As I was suffering through a dry blueberry scone in Atlanta, I found myself reading this recipe and realized how totally unfair Bethany really is! (just kidding!) I will be dreaming of these pancakes tonight!

  11. I’d want a stack of those gorgeous creations Beth! Luscious and ever so full of flavour…they are beautifully done! Loved your Qype interview … you do know how to make food ‘sexy’!!

  12. Oh, yummy! Can I get at least one!?! Please… I love cardamon in desserts, and pistachios… you are torturing me.
    I already feel so much happier as days are getting longer and sun is shining much more! Come spring come soon! 🙂

  13. I love the flavor combination of orange blossom water, cardamom and pistachios, very Middle Eastern and very aromatic. Beautiful pictures!

  14. Now this is CREATIVE! I might just make this over the weekend for my fiance, he loves pancakes! Thanks for the recipe, I would be lost with out DKS in my kitchen, leading me step by step into the world of culinary resources.

  15. It’s easy to make your own healthy and fluffy homemade Denny’s flapjacks with this easy-to-follow Denny’s pancake recipe with healthy ingredients, such as Graham and Canola Oil, served with a dollop of cream cheese and sodding maple syrup or beloved , or create your ain healthy flapjack toppings.

  16. Yummm! I can’t wait to try. When I first read it I thought of Atayif. I can eat Atayif in the am but, as the Mom I have to frown upon on it….This is my free pass!

  17. Fish Heads Restaurant in Byron Bay, Australia, has a dessert called:

    “espresso panna cotta.
    date, bangalow orange & pistachio salad, orange blossom syrup”.

    It blew me away and in a search I found your original recipe – thank you.

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