June 18, 2011

How I survived the last week of school: Pancake Muffins

I haven’t posted in over two weeks. Yes, you heard me right! Two weeks! Can you believe it? I can’t! In the past, even in the busiest week I have been able to post twice a week. Lately I am just so tired that I can’t find the strength and time to post. I have been baking a little, mainly for dinners or similar occasions. But I have not had time to take (decent) pictures or to write a post.

This was the last week of school and if you are a teacher or closely know one, you must know how exhausted we are in the last few weeks! Even few more days seemed unbearable. But I needed to cheer myself up. I needed to prepare something quick and good for my last few breakfasts during school year. And I needed to let you know that I’m still here…hanging in there until the long overdue holiday will come.

I took advantage of this little spur of energy I had two days ago to make these pancake muffins, a recipe I bookmarked long time ago from The Mom Chef (I know I can always count on her for a successful recipe. Thanks, Christiane!). I survived the week. I’m finally on holiday. Now I’m going to rest!

Pancake Muffins

290 g (10 1/2 oz or 2 1/3 cups) all-purpose flour
130 g (4 1/2 oz or 1 cup plus 2 tbsp) cake flour
10 g (2 tsp) baking soda
10 g (2 tsp) baking powder
5 g (1 tsp) kosher salt
6 large eggs, separated and at room temperature
85 g (3 oz or 6 tbsp) unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
75 g (2.67 oz or 6 tbsp) granulated sugar
5 ml (1 tsp) pure vanilla extract
790 ml (26.6 fl oz or 3 1/3 cups) buttermilk, at room temperature
Confectioners’ sugar, for sprinkling


Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat the oven to 400°F. Liberally spray two 12-cup muffin pans with the cooking spray or line the muffin pan with paper cups.

In a medium bowl, mix the all-purpose flour, cake flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt; set aside.

In a large, clean mixing bowl, beat the egg whites and cream of tartar with an electric hand mixer on medium-high speed to firm (but not dry) peaks, 2 to 3 minutes. Set aside.

In another large bowl, beat the egg yolks with the mixer on medium-high speed until thick, ribbony, and lemon-yellow, about 6 minutes. Add the melted butter, sugar, and vanilla; mix on medium-low speed until combined, about 30 seconds. Add one-third of the dry ingredients and mix on low speed. Add one-third of the buttermilk and mix to combine. Alternate adding the remaining dry ingredients and buttermilk, ending with the buttermilk and mixing until just combined.

With a large rubber spatula, gently fold the whites into the batter, leaving some streaks.

Scoop about 1/2 cup of the batter into each muffin cup—you can fill the cups to the rims. Bake, rotating the pans after 10 minutes, until browned on top and puffed, and a toothpick inserted in the centers comes out dry, 20 to 25 minutes total.

Source: The Mom Chef


  1. How is this different from regular muffins?

  2. They are muffins but they have a pancake dough and hence taste. They are very fluffy inside and not dense like a regular muffins. I just loved that they are muffin shaped pancake

  3. She's alive! Sara is alive!
    Missed reading you Sara. I checked couple of times my reader just in case you posted something and I missed it. I'm sending you some positive energy and lots of hugs.
    I have those muffins bookmarked too, thanks for remaining me. Yours look great.

    Take care and hope I'll see a new post soon now that the summer vacation is here. Xoxo

  4. fun recipe looks great enjoy the break much deserved

  5. I've been dropping by every few days making sure I haven't missed a new post. So glad you're here now and survived the last few weeks of school. Now you can focus on your holiday, yay!

    Can I drizzle a little maple syrup on these to make them more breakfast-like? They look wonderful! :-)

    So glad you're back, Sara!

  6. You made it!! Yes, I know how busy the last week of school is, even for those of us with the kids it can be exhausting. I hope you get a bit of down time to relax and regroup.
    Looks like you got a bit of a start with the pancake muffins! I don't think I'd be able to stop at one!

  7. yummy yumm..would love to try one of those delicious muffins..:P
    Tasty Appetite

  8. Those muffins look yummy! I haven't posted for two weeks either, and for exactly the same reason. Yesterday was my last day with the kiddos though, so hopefully I'll get back to it. Enjoy your summer vacation! :)

  9. Wahoo for being on holiday. I can believe you were crazy busy, given how nuts the end of the year is for schools. REst, relax, enjoy and get cookin' so you can post some delicious treats like these!

  10. I have SO missed you! I need to read you so I can picture you waving your arms around and getting all passionate about things.

    These muffins were awesome. I need to make double batches of this kind of stuff and freeze half of it so we can pull it out randomly. Once I get too far away from the recipe, I forget about it. Thanks for reminding me to go back to this one! ('Cept next time don't make yours so much prettier than mine!) :)

  11. Yay you've survived and are back! Happy summer :) The last weeks of school are intense. I know the feeling all too well. I can imagine these muffins helped you through. I need to make them! Pancake inspired? Totally my thing :)

  12. I love the Mom Chef, too :)

    I pampered my son with homemade cinnamon rolls for his last week of school...I can only imagine how tough it is on the staff! What a good choice of a treat to start your day. So good to see you back :)

  13. Oh my word pancakes muffins! I think I'm in love. They look amazing. :)

  14. Wow, these look great. Your blog is very good and I love your recipes. Shall be visiting here again very soon!

  15. Brilliant idea....these muffins are so cute. They scream out for a drizzle of syrup over the top though....mmmm or maybe some honey.

  16. Great idea for a muffin. Of course as with pancakes you can add just about anything - right? Happy summer vacation!

  17. I hear you on being exhausted. You've been working so hard and deserve a break and these muffins were a great thing to share. I hope you have a wonderful summer and that I get to catch up with you soon.

  18. I hope you can find some time to relax during the summer holiday! I'm right there with you and the exhaustion.. nice to see you back for a little bit at least :) These muffins sound delish!

  19. These look delicious. My two favorite breakfast things, combined :)

  20. Ladies, I did not put anything on these muffins because they were my "on the go" breakfast and I wanted to just put them in a ziploc and bring them with me. If you eat them at home, you sure should drizzle some (or a lot of!) maple syrup or even jam and accompany them with fresh fruit. Yummy!

  21. love me some pancake muffins! And I am super happy to hear you survived. Some of my customers are teachers and I love their countdown for the last few weeks.


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