Pancakes with Apricot-Bourbon Sauce Recipe

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Pancakes with Apricot-Bourbon Sauce Recipe

[Photograph: Carrie Vasios]

For a special breakfast, serve each guest a mini stack of pancakes topped with a sweet sauce made from bourbon roasted apricots.

  • Yield:serves 4
  • Active time: 35 minutes
  • Total time:1 hour 15 minutes


  • For Apricot-Bourbon Sauce:
  • 6 apricots, pitted and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon bourbon
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, diced
  • For Pancakes
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups (7.5 ounces) all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/4 cups milk
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided


  1. 1.

    Make sauce: Place oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 400°F. Lightly butter a glass baking dish.

  2. 2.

    In a medium bowl, stir together apricots, vanilla, and bourbon until combined. Add cinnamon and brown sugar and stir until apricots are evenly coated. Let rest 5 minutes. Dot apricots with butter and bake until fruit is soft and juices are bubbling, 25 minutes. Let cool while making pancakes.

  3. 3.

    Make pancakes: Melt two tablespoons butter; set aside. In a large bowl, whisk together sugar, flour, baking powder, and salt. Add milk, melted butter, and eggs and whisk until mixture is smooth.

  4. 4.

    Heat a large griddle or frying pan over medium high heat. Add remaining one tablespoon of butter and melt, coating pan. Drop batter onto pan, creating 3-inch circles. Cook until top is bubbling and bottom is lightly browned, then flip and continue until cooked through, about 1 minute more. Makes about 16 3-inch pancakes.

  5. 5.

    Place four pancakes on each plate, top with apricot-bourbon sauce and serve immediately.