Buttermilk Pancakes with Quince-and-Cranberry Compote

Chef Amanda Freitag, a judge on Chopped and host of the new show American Diner Revival, sometimes eats these tender pancakes for dessert, topped with a scoop of ice cream.

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  • Servings: 4

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  • 1 quince—peeled, cored and cut into 1/4-inch dice
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 Gala apples, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch dice
  • 1/3 cup fresh or thawed frozen cranberries
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • Finely grated lemon zest and juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, plus 4 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into tablespoons
  • 1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • Pure maple syrup, for serving

How to make this recipe

  1. Make the compote

    In a saucepan, combine the quince with the sugar, salt, cinnamon stick and 1/3 cup of water. Bring to a simmer and cook over moderately 
low heat for 5 minutes. Stir in the apples, cranberries, honey and lemon zest and juice and cook, stirring, until the fruit is tender but not broken down, 5 minutes. Let cool.

  2. Make the pancakes

    In a bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder and salt. In another bowl, beat the eggs with a hand mixer until pale yellow and doubled in volume, about 4 minutes. Beat in the buttermilk, then beat in the melted butter. Using a rubber spatula, fold in the dry ingredients.

  3. Heat a large nonstick skillet. Swirl 1 tablespoon of the cold butter around the pan until melted and foamy. Using a small measuring cup, scoop three 4-inch pancakes into the skillet. Cook over moderate heat until golden brown on the bottom and bubbles appear on the surface, 1 to 2 minutes. Flip the pancakes and cook until golden on the bottom, 1 to 2 minutes more. Transfer to a baking sheet and keep warm. Repeat with the remaining butter and batter.

  4. Stack the pancakes on plates and top with the compote. Dust with the confectioners’ sugar and serve with maple syrup.

Contributed By Photo © Tara Fisher Published November 2015

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