Cranberry-Orange Pancakes with Cranberry Infused Maple Syrup

5 from 2 votes

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Cranberry Pancakes made with fresh orange zest.
A close up of a stack of Pancakes with cranberries.We took one for the team last night and had these cranberry-orange pancakes for dinner.  This selfless act was executed for the sole purpose of finding and advocating for a breakfast worthy of you, the readers of Platter Talk.
Back in the day, on the farm, it wasn’t unusual for my mom to prepare and serve “breakfast for supper.”   This experience left me with a lifelong love of breakfast and I have a confession to make:  Tonight’s endeavor was not all that traumatic, in fact, there is a very good possibility that “suppers” of this caliber could be habit-forming.  I think I’m going to chance it.

What are these?

a strainer of cranberries

I have found myself exercising a fair amount of personal confession, here on Platter Talk.  Here is another one:  I have never worked with fresh cranberries, until today.  Having lived in Wisconsin for over 15 years now, I have become somewhat familiar with the fact that this state produces more cranberries than any other.  One of my son’s former teachers came from a family that owns and operates a cranberry bog, somewhere in the western part of Wisconsin.   Visiting a bog has since been etched onto my culinary bucket list and should make for an interesting post 🙂

A close up of a pancake

I have mentioned on here, in the past, that I am a native of maple syrup country, northern New York state to be exact, in the foothills of the Adirondack mountains where maple syrup production is second only to Vermont in quantity and second to none in quality.  With these pancakes, I put together an accompanying cranberry infused maple syrup.  May I just make one reflection?   Delicious, with a bold and CAPITAL D.   Besides being incredible in flavor, for me it was an experience of my native New York coming face to face with my state of residence, Wisconsin.

A close up of a stack of pancakes

Cranberries and maple syrup get along quite nicely.  With a little orange zest thrown into the batter of these cranberry pancakes, it’s a bona fide party.

pancakes on a plate

a stack of pancakes
This recipe called for buttermilk.  Guess what I had none of, in my kitchen refrigerator?  To get around this, I combined one tablespoon of vinegar to a cup or milk – tadah!!  Instant buttermilk.  My taste buds were none the wiser and I don’t think the flavor of these pancakes suffered in the least.

a stack of cranberry pancakes

This is an excellent recipe for cranberry pancakes..  Not heavy by any means, the light citrus tones imparted by the orange zest commingle beautifully with the softly cooked cranberries.  The two flavors combined provide a perfect balance to the sweetness of the pure maple syrup.  These pancakes are an ideal breakfast choice or the holiday season when the family is home.  Oh, and by the way, they make a pretty darn good supper too.

A close up of a pancake
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Cranberry-Orange Pancakes with Cranberry Infused Maple Syrup

5 from 2 votes
Cranberry pancakes recipe with maple syrup, features the best of New England cuisine.
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
Yield: 8 servings


for the pancakes

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries, thawed

for the syrup

  • 3/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries, divided
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter


for the pancakes

  • Whisk together first 5 ingredients in a large bowl.
  • Whisk together buttermilk and next 4 ingredients in a medium bowl.
  • Add buttermilk mixture to flour mixture, and stir until just blended.
  • Stir in cranberries.
  • Pour 1/3 cup batter for each pancake onto a lightly greased hot griddle or nonstick skillet.
  • Cook 2 to 4 minutes or until tops are covered with bubbles and edges look dry and cooked; turn, and cook 1 minute or until lightly browned.
  • Keep warm. Serve with Cranberry-Maple Syrup.

for the syrup

  • Bring maple syrup and 3/4 cup cranberries to a boil over medium-high heat.
  • Reduce heat to low, and simmer 3 minutes or until cranberries pop.
  • Crush cranberries in saucepan using a wooden spoon.
  • Stir in remaining 1/4 cup cranberries; simmer just until they begin to pop (about 2 minutes).
  • Add butter, and stir until melted.


Calories: 266kcal, Carbohydrates: 47g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 37mg, Sodium: 192mg, Potassium: 258mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 24g, Vitamin A: 250IU, Vitamin C: 4mg, Calcium: 124mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
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  1. I am stopping by from The Wednesday Round up link party and this sounds incredible! I love cranberries and Like trying new ways to eat them! I will definitely have to try this! 🙂

    1. Ciara,
      Thank you for stopping by and commenting! I hope you give these a try – they are delicious!

  2. Dan, these are heavenly good! Fabulous recipe and a wonderful pancake for breakfast!!
    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving today!

  3. That selfless thing is the best part of blogging, isn’t it? 😉 This looks amazing! Thanks for taking the plunge into uncharted territory so we know it’s safe to follow! Happy Thanksgiving!

    1. Sounds like you understand! Thanks so much for the comments and all kidding aside, these pancakes are amazingly delicious. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!!

  4. Nice towering stack of pancakes you have there! Better yet, the seasonal flavors are spot on. Worthy for dinner or any time of day, I’d take this for the team too. Happy Thanksgiving to you & yours.

    1. Brooks,
      Thanks for the great comments. It’s so fun to be new at this game and watching what happens when flavors that naturally go well with one another are united. The resulting magic is always somewhat exhilarating. Best wishes to you and your family for a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!

  5. Dan, these pancakes look incredibly delish! I just adore cranberry and orange together. With maple? Divine! Breakfast for dinner is something I grew up with, too. Mom would love to have waffle night and we kids just dug in. It most definitely can be habit forming! Thanks for sharing and Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours! xo