Caramelized pineapple pancakes with butter rum syrup are my favorite tropical inspired breakfast recipe! Just sweet enough and completed with a drizzle of warm syrup, it’s a summer state of mind on a plate!
Have you ever eaten at one of those cute little local restaurants while you’re on vacation where they warm the pancake syrup and you just think, “this are the best pancakes I’ve ever tasted!”? The menu usually has all sorts of fun combinations on basic pancakes and you tend to file it away as “vacation only” food until you start messing around one day and realize you can actually make this at home. On a weekend. In your pajamas. As fun as it is to dress up and go out, it’s just as nice to enjoy a special breakfast at home with your favorite coffee mug.
This love of making fancy breakfasts at home was kind of the motivation for these caramelized pineapple pancakes. That, and some leftover pineapple from cheesecake shooters and my retro tiki party. Instead of just caramelizing the pineapple and using it over yogurt or something, I decided to put it into pancakes! First, because the Godfather was requesting pancakes, and second, because I saw an ad where some place was advertising butter rum syrup and was like “pshhhh… I can make that”. Now that I know how easy it is though, it’s going to be harder to impress me next time we’re out for breakfast.
That being said, appreciate the staff when you go out, everyone from front of the house to the kitchen deserves respect. Food service is incredibly exhausting, undervalued work. Be kind. This is today’s PSA.
Now back to pancakes. Because I made a double batch of the recipe to freeze some of the pancakes, I didn’t put any pineapple in the batter itself. You may if you wish, but other mix-ins that I would recommend first would be 1/2 cup shredded coconut, or even chopped macadamia nuts. I think either would add a great “Hawaiian” or tropical twist, which I will likely do in the winter when I’m freezing and dreaming of warmer climates. Do what makes you happy, because pancakes make people happy.
I hope you enjoy this recipe for caramelized pineapple pancakes with butter rum syrup!
- 8 oz sliced pineapple, canned or fresh
- 2 tbsp butter
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 1 tbsp butter
- 1 1/2 tbsp spiced rum
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 2 1/2 cups flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 eggs
- 2 cups milk
- 1 tbsp butter, melted
Make the pancakes:
- Warm your oven to the lowest setting and then turn it off.
- Stir the dry ingredients together in a mixing bowl.
- In another bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients, then slowly add the wet to the dry and mix until just combined.
- Heat a skillet or griddle over medium heat and scoop the batter onto the griddle in portions of approximately 1/3-1/2 cup each.
- Cook 3-4 minutes on one side until golden brown, and then flip and cook an additional 2-3 minutes on the other side.
- Place on a baking sheet and put in the warmed oven to hold until you are ready to serve.
Caramelize the pineapple:
- Melt the butter in a skillet over medium heat. Coat the pineapple slices in the sugar and arrange in a single layer on the skillet.
- Cook 6-7 minutes on one side until golden brown and starting to caramelize, then flip and cook an additonal 5-6 minutes to caramelize the other side. Remove from the heat, chop, and keep warm until you're ready to serve.
Make the buttered rum syrup:
- Melt all the syrup ingredients together in a small sauce pan over medium low heat. Do not allow to boil. Cook 3-4 minutes until the alcohol has burned off.
- Serve immediately!
- To plate your pancakes, place the desired number of pancakes on a plate, top with caramelized pineapple and syrup!
**We don't use a lot of syrup in general, and this syrup is best served right after it's made, so I only made half a cup. If you're feeding a larger group or have serious syrup lovers, double this.