Throwback Thursday | Silver Dollar Pancakes + Blackberry Syrup

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Walnut-Wheatgerm Silver Dollar Pancakes + Blackberry Syrup | Blogging Over Thyme

Confession?  I’ve been on huge pancake kick lately.  Don’t get me wrong, I’ve always loved pancakes.  But for some reason or another, I’ve been craving them non-stop lately.

Buttermilk has become a weekly addition to my grocery list and I’ve been whipping up a batch every weekend for the past month.  So, with that said, I admit that I sort of had an agenda when it came to this week’s ‘Throwback Thursday’ recipe post.

And that agenda involved pancakes.

Walnut-Wheatgerm Silver Dollar Pancakes + Blackberry Syrup | Blogging Over Thyme

Sounded pretty straight-forward and easy to me.  After all, I was sure there would be all sorts of recipes to choose from once I started looking.

Well, apparently pancakes were not all that popular twenty years ago, because I struggled to find one dang recipe in all of those old magazine issues.

It was a sad, sad decade for pancakes.

Walnut-Wheatgerm Silver Dollar Pancakes + Blackberry Syrup | Blogging Over Thyme

Luckily, while flipping through a September (1990) Gourmet issue, I happened to come across an article entitled, A Rooftop Breakfast, complete with recipes for a mango-papaya smoothie, fruit compote, and….

Walnut and wheat germ silver dollar pancakes topped with homemade blackberry syrup–all meant to be enjoyed on a urban rooftop terrace overlooking hustle and bustle of city life below.

Pancake jackpot!  Minus the rooftop terrace part (which sort of sounds equally as nice)…

Walnut-Wheatgerm Silver Dollar Pancakes + Blackberry Syrup | Blogging Over Thyme

Unfortunately, the pancake recipe was not that fabulous (possibly due to the omission of baking powder or the method, which called for using a blender to make the batter–silly and, in my opinion, risks over-working the batter).  Chewy and not very tasty.

So instead of sharing a so-so original recipe with you all, I simply took the idea and used it by adapting my existing favorite pancake recipe.  It made all the difference in the world and the resulting pancakes were light and fluffy!

The addition of chopped walnuts adds great texture and while the wheat germ is inconsequential to the recipe as whole (and completely optional), it does add an element of interest and appeal, as well as slight nutritional boost.

Walnut-Wheatgerm Silver Dollar Pancakes + Blackberry Syrup | Blogging Over Thyme

Despite not having the best of luck with the pancakes, the accompanying recipe for homemade blackberry syrup was a great success, not to mention a welcome departure from my standard (and equally as wonderful) douse of maple syrup.   

Plus, you can’t beat that color.  Now I just need to find myself a nice rooftop terrace…

Walnut-Wheatgerm Silver Dollar Pancakes with Homemade Blackberry Syrup

Yield: 4 Servings; 1 Cup Syrup

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

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Blackberry Syrup:

  • 2 cups fresh (or frozen) blackberries
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • peeled zest of one lemon


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons wheat germ
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted and cooled (plus more for cooking)
  • walnuts, chopped roughly


Prepare the Syrup: 

  1. Combine the blackberries and 1/2 cup of water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil and simmer, covered,  for 10 minutes. Puree the fruit in a blender until completely smooth and pass through a fine-meshed sieve into a separate bowl. Set aside.
  2. In a clean pan, combine the sugar, zest, and 1 cup of water and bring to a boil, stirring until the sugar has completely dissolved. Continue to boil the sugar, without stirring, until a candy thermometer reads 220 degrees Fahrenheit. Carefully remove the lemon zest, and add the blackberry puree to the pan. Boil the syrup until the temperature again reaches 210 degrees Fahrenheit. Allow the syrup to cool slightly while you prepare the pancakes.


  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, wheat germ, granulated sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt until well combined. In a separate small bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, milk, and cooled melted butter. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry flour mixture, and stir until just combined. Allow the batter to sit for 10 minutes.
  2. Heat a tab of butter in large non-stick (or cast-iron) skillet over medium heat. Once the butter begins to sizzle, spoon the batter onto the pan--forming 1.5 - 2 inch silver dollar pancakes. Avoid over-crowding the pan. Sprinkle walnuts evenly on top of each of the pancakes.
  3. Once bubbles begin to form on the tops of the pancakes, flip them carefully and continue to cook on other side until lightly brown. Adjust heat if necessary. Serve pancakes immediately with the warm blackberry syrup.

Blackberry syrup recipe adapted from September 1990 Issue of Gourmet Magazine.

Walnut-Wheatgerm Silver Dollar Pancakes + Blackberry Syrup | Blogging Over Thyme

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15 Responses to “Throwback Thursday | Silver Dollar Pancakes + Blackberry Syrup”

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    Tieghan — August 22, 2013 @ 8:03 am

    So pretty!! I cannot believe this is the only pancake recipe you could find. That’s just insane! I love this recipe…even though you had to adapt it just a little! Man, they really needed to learn to make pancakes back in the day!

    • Laura replied: — August 22nd, 2013 @ 10:31 am

      Crazy, right? I looked through at least 10-15 different issues to find one. Of course, now that I say that, I’m going to stumble on THE pancake issue within the next few weeks. Haha :)

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    Marie-Louise Davidson — August 22, 2013 @ 10:12 am

    These look delicious and I like the idea of the wheat germ and the walnuts coupled with the blackberry syrup. Yum! I may have to try these this Sunday! Do you remember having pancakes at home during the “Sad 90’s” or only at the Deli?

    • Laura replied: — August 23rd, 2013 @ 12:29 am

      Haha, of course I remember eating pancakes, mom. But they didn’t seem too popular in the mags!

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    3 — August 22, 2013 @ 10:17 am

    These look very good. It’s too bad that original recipe was terrible!

    • Laura replied: — August 22nd, 2013 @ 10:29 am

      It wasn’t terrible per say, but definitely not worthy of repeating. The idea was great though!

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — August 22, 2013 @ 3:26 pm

    Oh gosh, that blackberry syrup is killin’ me! I want a tall stack of silver dollar pancakes smothered with it! Great recipes, Laura.

    • Laura replied: — August 25th, 2013 @ 10:09 pm

      Thanks so much Georgia! The syrup was a fun change of pace!

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    Simone — August 22, 2013 @ 5:50 pm

    I’d have thought that you would find more pancake recipes! I’m pretty sure I had a lot of pancakes twenty years ago! And wow, you keep all those old magazines? I wish I could but I would end up being buried in paper stacks as I have a serious magazine addiction… (Plus cookbooks ofcourse…)

    • Laura replied: — August 25th, 2013 @ 10:08 pm

      I know, bizarre, right? I’m sure there were lots of pancakes in the 90s though :) I haven’t kept every food magazine I’ve ever owned, but these were passed on to me from my grandfather and I don’t have the heart to throw them away. I just love them. They are time capsules!

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    Coty and Mariah — August 29, 2013 @ 8:39 pm

    These look dynamite! We love the idea of little silver dollar pancakes, and that sauce! Thanks for the recipe :)

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    Chelsea Brown — September 9, 2014 @ 7:57 pm

    Is it just me, or are there no directions for this recipe?

    • Laura replied: — September 9th, 2014 @ 8:25 pm

      Oh my gosh! It’s not just you. I had my website redesigned not that long ago and had to manually update all the recipes to the current format, and must have made a glitch with this one. It might take me a day to look at this and fill in the missing information. Thanks for letting me know!!


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