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Poppy Seed & Lime Pancakes with Elderflower Cordial

September 5, 2013

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The best part about weekends is that you get to stay in bed for a bit longer. This lie-in is usually followed by a loooong, leisurely breakfast. I’m not sure what it’s like in your family but in my neck of the woods weekday breakfasts go down in a matter of 5 minutes. For me it’s usually a bowl of yoghurt, fruit and muesli. But at the weekends we like to make up for all those rushed breakfasts and lost time at the breakfast table.

Sadly, pancakes don’t happen often enough. It’s really just me and my younger brother {who, like me will eat just about anything} who could devour pancakes every single morning. Mo likes his pancakes to be swimming in a deep layer of maple syrup whereas for me, pancakes have to be thick and fluffy.

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The other day I put my creative hat on and thought of a way that I could turn an old favorite recipe into something new and exciting for the taste buds. We had some limes which I had leftover from making guacamole and a punnet of fresh blueberries. Poppy seeds are a pantry staple in our house…and so these pancakes were born.

Just like lemons, limes add zest and freshness. Although maple syrup would have made a great addition, I chose to lightly drizzle the pancakes with some of my mom’s home-made elderflower cordial. Elderflower cordial is more tangy than maple syrup and it doesn’t put you into a sugar coma. Soooooo incredibly good!

If it were up to me I could easily eat a huge stack of these pancakes for breakfast, lunch or dinner on any given day, but I think they would taste great enjoyed at a long family breakfast or with friends gathered round the table for brunch on Sunday mornings.

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Poppy Seed & Lime Pancakes with Elderflower Cordial

makes 10 medium-sized pancakes {serves 2-3}


  • 2 eggs
  • 120g all-purpose
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 tbsp. {12g} vanilla sugar
  • 30g caster sugar
  • zest from 1 lime {~1 tbsp.}
  • 125ml buttermilk
  • 2 tbsp. {20g} poppy seeds
  • a few knobs of butter

To serve:


  1. Separate the eggs into 2 medium sized bowls.
  2. Using a hand mixer whisk the egg whites until soft peaks form. Set aside.
  3. In the other bowl with the egg yolks add flour, baking powder, baking soda, vanilla sugar, sugar, lime zest, buttermilk and poppy seeds. Whisk until combined.
  4. Fold in the egg whites with the pancake batter.
  5. Heat up a knob of butter in a pan on medium heat. Then, using a 1/4 cup {or any measure that you like} drop in the batter into the pan. Let it cook until bubbles form, then carefully flip the pancakes over. Repeat with the rest of the batter.
  6. Serve with fresh berries and a drizzle of elderflower cordial and enjooooy.

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  • Reply Kelly @ Inspired Edibles September 9, 2013 at 12:27 am

    So I just about fell off my chair when I saw these poppy seed lime pancakes on Tastespotting — seriously gorgeous and I love the use of buttermilk here. So happy to discover you Antonia and your blog.

  • Reply Bec G September 9, 2013 at 1:15 am

    These look absolutely gorgeous. I love the addition of poppyseeds. I’ve never had elderflower cordial however, so I’m sure I’d just be like your brother and drown them in syrup or honey. Pancakes without syrup of some kind is not worth thinking about.

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