Pear and Buckwheat Pancakes with Honey Butter

Foody Two Shoes actually turned one year old last week. How time flies, but yet, what a difference a year makes. This past year has opened up a whole new world to me – wonderful food blogs I never knew existed, a fantastic network of foodies who share my passion and, last but not least, the adventure of learning food photography. The latter has probably become as much a passion for me as the food itself – who would have thought it? A big thanks to all who have visited my blog in this past year and to those who have tried out some of the recipes :)

As Shrove Tuesday is soon upon us, and my very first blog post featured pancakes, I thought it appropriate to come with a new pancake recipe. These little fellas are scrumptious. The recipe, which I found in this great book called Good to the Grain, is a little unusual but definitely works. I was a little skeptical about the honey butter as I’m a bit of a die-hard maple syrup fan, but I must say this honey butter was a-mazing (and naughty). Enjoy!

Makes approx 12 pancakes

Dry Mix:
1 cup (225 ml) buckwheat flour
1 cup (225 ml) plain flour
3 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon sea salt

Wet mix:
2 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled slightly
1 1/4 cups (280 ml) whole milk
1 egg
2 medium pears, ripe but firm

Honey Butter:
120 g butter
1/2 cup (110 ml) honey

Sift the dry ingredients into a bowl, adding at the end any grainy bits that wouldn’t go through the sieve. Whisk the melted butter, milk and egg until thoroughly combined. Peel and grate the pears, using the side of the grater with the big holes. Add the grated pear and any pear juice to the milk mixture. Using a spatula, gently fold the wet ingredients into the dry ones. The batter is best if used immediately. However, you can leave it overnight in the fridge, but you will probably have to thin it a little with some milk.

To make the honey butter melt the butter and honey together in a small saucepan and cook until boiling, emulsified and slightly thickened – takes about 2-3 minutes. Pour the honey butter into a jug and leave it in a warm place near the stove.

Heat a good non-stick frying pan and rub generously with butter. Dollop 1/4 cup (large spoonful) mounds of batter onto the pan, 2-3 at a time. Once bubbles have started to form on the top side of the pancakes, flip them over and cook until the bottom is golden brown. Wipe the pan before buttering and griddling the next batch. Make sure the pan doesn’t get too hot or your pancakes will cook too fast on the outside.

Serve the pancakes fresh and hot, drizzled with the honey butter.


  1. Posted February 27, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Permalink | Reply


  2. Posted February 27, 2011 at 4:09 pm | Permalink | Reply

    These sound absolutely delicious! I love that you used Buckwheat Flour! :D


  3. A Tablespoon of Liz
    Posted March 1, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Permalink | Reply

    yum, all these flavors sound like an amazing combination!

    • Posted March 6, 2011 at 9:21 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Yes, it is a great recipe and makes a nice change from regular pancakes ;-)

  4. Ell
    Posted March 3, 2011 at 11:32 am | Permalink | Reply

    mmmmmMMMMMMM… worth trying in my kitchen someday. thanks for sharing :)

  5. Posted March 4, 2011 at 2:12 am | Permalink | Reply

    Fantastic concept. Never thought of pears with pancakes before.

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  6. Posted March 4, 2011 at 10:50 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I saw this and had to make the honey butter for tonight’s pancakes and it is beyond yummy! Can’t wait to have it over pancakes…. *drool*

  7. Posted March 6, 2011 at 3:09 am | Permalink | Reply

    Could you use apples instead of pears? This looks great!

    • Posted March 6, 2011 at 9:29 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Thanks :) It could be worth a try with the apples. Let me know how it turns out if you give it a try as I have a friend who is dying to try these but can’t eat pears.

  8. Posted March 14, 2011 at 8:49 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Happy Birthday Foodytwoshoes. I’ve just discovered your wonderful blog and photos and am having to hold myself down to stop from heading straight to the kitchen to try out some of your recipes. I’m definitely going to add the New Zealand carrot cake to my menu planning!! Thanks for sharing!

  9. Posted March 15, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Wow, the kids are going to love this! Happy Birthday and congradulations. I’ve added this to my recipe page on my site. i hope you don’t mind. Thank you for sharing!

    • Posted March 16, 2011 at 9:16 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Not at all – I’m flattered. Am a bit of a brekkie fan myself, so will have to keep an eye on your great blog…

  10. Posted May 3, 2011 at 7:08 am | Permalink | Reply

    I am drooling all over. That looks absolutely delicious. Will try and tell if it is good and if I had done a good job.

  11. Lina Bluteau
    Posted May 15, 2011 at 8:42 am | Permalink | Reply

    Hi Miss Foody Two Shoes!
    Nothing taste better on a Sunday morning than pancake (well, I’m more of crèpes kind of girl, but never the less). We made your pancake with a twist since we didn’t want to make a trip to the grocery store and it was fabulous.
    We changed the buckwheat (not easy to find in Dk) for Grahamsmel and pear for fresh strawberries. Yummy!

    The honey butter was also a huge success, you know my passion about maple sirup… FYI: You can also make mapple butter and it’s divine on anything.

    Thanks again for all your beautiful recipes.


    • Posted May 16, 2011 at 7:05 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Thanks, Lina. I’m really glad you liked them too :) I would love to try the maple butter – I bet it’s to die for!


  12. Posted January 27, 2012 at 11:17 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Hi Foodie Two Shoes! I have Kim’s book too and love it. These were a fantastic recipe. I’m just wondering if you’ve gained permission from Kim to reproduce her recipe.. I just noticed in the front cover of the book the note under All Rights Reserved. I don’t know.. just wondering how you feel about this. I have recently been approached regarding rewriting recipes that aren’t available for free so have started removing them from my blog. Anyway – great blog – look forward to having a browse!

    Christina (De La Casa)

  13. Posted January 28, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Hi Christina,

    Thanks for your message. No, I didn’t request permission to use the recipe. My philosophy is that as long as I give the source of the recipe credit then there should be no harm in it. However, if someone did object of course I would remove the recipe. (In this particular case I even included a link to Amazon where the book can be bought.) Was the person who approached you about putting others’ recipes on your blog the person who owned the recipes?

    I see you are in New Zealand – wonderful country! I have a New Zealand carrot cake recipe on my blog – a family favourite.

    Bye for now,

    • Posted January 28, 2012 at 6:52 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Hi Kerry! Yes the person was the manager of someone who’s recipes I had linked and posted – and those recipes were even freely available on the net! Had to take them all off. That’s why I was just curious regarding ones that we’ve had to pay for :) Thanks for responding, I feel the same as you. Yes beautiful NZ – I’ll check out the carrot cake!


      • Posted January 29, 2012 at 7:38 pm | Permalink

        That’s a shame. I guess there are all sorts out there ;)

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