Breakfast for a Crowd: Whole Wheat Pfannkuchen with Roasted Italian Plums

It is officially Italian plum season. If you’re unfamiliar with Italian plums they are cute little egg shaped fruit with a blueish-purple skin, yellow flesh, and the best part: they’re freestone (which means the flesh SHOULD separate from pit easily … I’m stressing should here real hard).

I ran across Italain plums at the grocer and had a moment of silent, blissful reflection in the produce section. It’s the small things in life, really.0001

About twenty minutes after I bought the plums I began to wonder what exactly I was going to do with them. Initially I was going to make my Tante Margot’s Zwetschgenkuchen (that’s German plum cake, btw) but then I up and decided to travel over the holiday weekend and well: it seemed easier to make a pfannkuchen than a kuchen-kuchen because the equipment I needed to pack was just the cast iron skillet … instead of half the kitchen and a springform pan. Yes, I often pack strange kitchen equipment when I travel (I once brought an offset spatula halfway across the country because I was going to ice a cake; yes really – I have witnesses).

Best part about this WHOLE recipe is (besides being ridiculously easy and stupid fun to say) you can put everything in the oven at the same time. That’s right: mix everything up, pop it in the oven, set the table, get a fresh cup of coffee, take it out of the oven, assemble it, chow down. Easiest breakfast / brunch ever.

Massive shareable pancakes not your thing? I got you. Try these delicious – and protein packed – pancakes! Feel free to change up the toppings (but really the cherries and the pistachios are BOMB).

SIDEBAR: Endeavour is coming to a close (it’s too soon, I need more Baby Morse in my life) which means looking at the calendar for Masterpiece Theater we’ve got The Collection (which was on Prime for a long while so if it looks familiar that’s why) and then the much debated Poldark returns. I say much debated because in my circle of Masterpeeps (we fly our flags with our pinkies extended, thankyouverymuch) there has been a lot of … it’s more shouting and gifs of people nodding than a debate. If you’re a Poldark watcher you may recall last season was filled with a lot of really effing bad behavior on Ross’ part. He wants to have his cake and eat it too. So, because I am sort of a glutton for punishment I will be watching this season – if only to see what Demelza (and maybe Elizabeth … she grates on me) will do re: her husband and his terrible behavior (last season she decked him and I CHEERED). As a friend of mine pointed out: men behaving badly is getting tiresome.

Whole Wheat Pfannkuchen with Roasted Italian Plums
serves: 6


¾ cup flour
¼ cup whole wheat flour
3 large eggs
juice and zest of half a lemon
kosher salt
1 ¼ cups whole milk
1 TBSP unsalted butter; melted
2 TBSP butter; cold
1 TBSP vanilla
1 lbs Italian plums, pitted and halved
1-2 ounces sugar
powdered sugar for serving (optional)
slivered almonds for serving (optional)
greek yogurt for serving (optional)


Preheat the oven to 500F. Place a cast-iron (or ovenproof) skillet in a heated oven for at least 10 minutes.

Add flours, eggs, lemon zest, a generous pinch of salt, milk, butter, and vanilla to a blender and process until smooth.

Place pitted and halved plums in an oven safe pyrex dish, cover with lemon juice and 1-2 ounces of sugar.

Remove heated skillet from the oven and place the 2 TBSP of cold butter in the skillet and swirl around coating the bottom and sides.

Pour batter into skillet and return it to the oven. Lower the temperature to 450F and bake until the sides are puffed and golden brown; approximately 15-20 minutes. You can also pop the plums into the oven at this point, but you will want to check on them after 10 minutes or so to see how much they’ve roasted down.912untitled

To serve: top pancake with roasted plums, sprinkle with powdered sugar and almonds. I like to put the Greek yogurt on the side.

Are you excited for Italian plum season too? What is your favorite way to eat them?


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