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    Silver Dollar Pancakes Recipe


    With only six ingredients, these bite-size silver dollar pancakes are the perfect start to a full day with the kids. Whether for a special occasion (my youngest’ birthday breakfast, here) or for an active Sunday, they are easy to make and even easier to eat. The only challenge is to keep little hands off the plate as you arrange the pancakes in neat lines.

    This is a recipe we discovered on a TV set as Jeryl Abelmann, author of The Magic Spatula, demonstrated the tiny pancakes in San Francisco. My oldest daughter and I were in the front row and the butter and vanilla smells were extremely tantalizing. We were even hoping for a taste on the set but got the biggest disappointment when, for “health and safety” reasons, the TV crew would not share the dozens of tiny pancake that kept coming off the griddle with the audience. Say, what? Health and safety? The very next day, we tried the recipe at home and it was a rousing success. In fact, it’s become our go-to mini pancake recipe.

    For the history buff in you, silver dollar pancakes take their name from the pre-1979 American silver dollar coin because of their small size–2 to 3 inches or 5 to 7cm. But enough math and history trivia already. Here is the silver dollar recipe!

    Ingredients (makes 36 silver dollar pancakes)

    • 1 cup /200 ml sour cream
    • 1 cup/300 ml fromage blanc (or cottage cheese, as thick as it comes)
    • 3/4 cup all purpose flour
    • 2 teaspoons honey
    • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
    • 4 eggs (separate yolks from whites)
    • For pan: butter

    How to

    • In a bowl, combine  sour cream, fromage blanc (or cottage cheese), flour, honey, and vanilla.
    • Add the egg yolks and mix well.
    • Beat the eggs white until they form stiff white peaks. Fold them in.
    • Without further ado, fire up your stovetop with a large non-stick pan and melt a tablespoon of butter.
    • Use a large spoon or a quarter cup to ladle batter into small pancakes all around the pan. Just so.


    • Cook over medium/low heat for a couple minutes until you can flip the pancakes.
    • Cook a minute on the other side.
    • Serve piping hot with maple syrup, honey or your favorite jam.
    • Enjoy!

    4 thoughts on “Silver Dollar Pancakes Recipe

    1. I tried this recipe this morning for my husband’s birthday and even though it tasted like silk, I wondered about the lack of salt in the recipe? I used mascarpone (tripple cream cheese) instead of thick cottage cheese – as I do not know ‘fromage blanc’ down here in South Africa! :-)

      1. Hi Marilie, yes – no salt at all. Funny, I hadn’t thought about that but my girls don’t seem to mind. Mascarpone is quite “sweet”, could you find a dairy product that’s got a bit of zing like fromage blanc? You need something tangy to balance the sweetness. Is there a South Affrica equivalent? Let me do some research.

        1. Maybe I should try half cottage cheese, half mascarpone? I will ask my foodie friends about sources of ‘fromage blanc’ in our area.

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