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What’s for Brunch? Try My Vanilla Pear Pancake

Posted on: November 19, 2010

Two other food blogs, My Baking Addiction and GoodLife {eats} are having a Holiday Recipe Exchange contest. This week, they are challenging other food bloggers to use vanilla as an ingredient (sponsored by Beanilla).  I thought this would be a fun and exciting way to share some of my recipes with you during this busy party season.

With the holidays heading our way, you have enough to think about with planning your family/friends’ dinners, parties, and get-togethers.  Many of us not only host the party/dinner, but end up hosting house guests, as well.  One of my favorite easy-on-the-host/hostess brunch ideas that will surely impress your house guests, is my Vanilla Pear Pancake.  By purchasing that one special ingredient, the vanilla bean, ahead of time (gourmet specialty stores and Whole Foods carry vanilla beans), you will turn an average pancake into something spectacular.  Most of the other ingredients you should already have ready to go in your pantry.  Below is my very simple, but delicious recipe.

Please also come join the fun at My Baking Addiction and GoodLife {eats} Holiday Recipe Swap and vote for my recipe and/or your other favorites!


  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 vanilla bean –cut in half lengthwise, use the back of a knife to scrape out the seeds
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 ripe pear, halved and thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 heaping teaspoon each of ground ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg (or 3/4 heaping teaspoon allspice/pumpkin pie spice)
  • 2 tablespoons butter/margarine


Preheat an oven-save skillet in the oven at 450 degrees while you prepare your ingredients.

In a large bowl, whisk eggs, milk, flour, vanilla scrapings, and salt until batter is smooth.

In a separate bowl, toss the rest of your spices and sugar with the pear slices.

Remove the preheated skillet and add butter.  Using a spatula swirl the butter on the skillet until melted.

Place pears on the skillet in a circular pattern or a design of your choice and pour in the batter.

Place skillet back in oven and bake at 450 degrees for 25-30 minutes until pancake has turned a nice golden color.

Serve with your favorite maple or fruit syrup, fruit preserves, or just top with some powdered sugar.  You can also bring a little extra vanilla into the recipe and make a store bought maple syrup a little more special by simmering your syrup with an extra vanilla bean in a saucepan for 5 minutes over medium heat.  Voilà! You’ll have Vanilla Maple Syrup.


Vanilla Pear Pancake

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2 Responses to "What’s for Brunch? Try My Vanilla Pear Pancake"

U have an absolutely delish vanilla bake here!

This sounds delicious!!

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