Is there anyone else who agrees that breakfast might just be the most romantic meal of the day? The kind of breakfast that’s long and leisurely, enjoyed from the comfort of bed or at least while still in pajamas? Since my honey’s idea of heaven is a stack of fluffy pancakes drizzled with maple syrup, I’ll definitely be waking him up with these heart-shaped cranberry-studded ones on Valentine’s Day. I’ll set the scene with steaming cups of coffee in my bone china teacups, a bowl of ripe strawberries sprinkled with sugar and a small bunch of frilly white flowers. Keep reading for the details of this breakfast for two and the recipe for my heart-shaped cranberry buttermilk pancakes! 

Cranberry Buttermilk Pancakes

*to make heart-shapes, use a pancake mold like this one.

  • 1 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature, separated
  • 1/2 cup frozen cranberries, thawed
  1. In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, baking soda and salt. In a large bowl, combine the buttermilk, butter and egg yolks.
  2. In another medium bowl, beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form. Add the dry ingredients to the buttermilk mixture and stir just until combined. Using a rubber spatula, gently fold the beaten egg whites into the batter just until combined.
  3. Heat a lightly buttered griddle over medium-high. For each pancake, pour 1/4 cup of the batter on the hot surface to form a 4-inch circle. Sprinkle a few cranberries over the top. Cook until the top is set, about 2 minutes. Flip the pancakes and continue cooking until golden, about 1 minute longer. Transfer to a large plate and keep warm while you cook the remaining pancakes.
  4. Top with syrup and serve fresh berries on the side.

*makes 4 servings

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Comments (35)
  1. 1
    Molly February 7, 2012 at 7:30 am

    This is so incredibly charming and romantic! Not to mention that I’m obsessed with breakfast to begin with (particularly w/ pancakes + coffee) and I think mornings are the best time of the day. Amazing feature! xo

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    Naomi February 7, 2012 at 7:33 am

    I’m so hungry right now.

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    Rachel February 7, 2012 at 8:06 am

    Screw the other person, I’m going to make this as a brunch for myself the next time I’ve had a bad week!

    • Camille Styles February 7, 2012 at 11:18 am

      Yes, I love it! And who needs to wait until Feb. 14th, anyway?!

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    Jjanga February 7, 2012 at 8:38 am

    Those pancakes look so yummy! 🙂 I can’t wait to make these!

    xoxo, Jjanga

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    Kristin @ Sensibly Selfish February 7, 2012 at 9:38 am

    Yum! Things like this make me wish I was a morning person.

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    Carmen February 7, 2012 at 9:40 am

    This looks so yummy and charming . I love your gold silverware too.

    • Camille Styles February 7, 2012 at 3:42 pm

      Thanks! An ebay find – WAY less expensive than any of the new gold flatware on the market!

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    Samantha February 7, 2012 at 10:27 am

    Well, you stole my heart.

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    Melissa // thefauxmartha February 7, 2012 at 10:48 am

    Holy fluffiness these look so good!

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    Like, Whatever February 7, 2012 at 11:29 am

    YES!! I couldn’t agree more

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    Ashley @ Any Lovely Thing February 7, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    Pancakes are a weekend tradition, but dressing them up with heart shapes and cranberries is so special!

    Happy Valentine’s Wishes,

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    Phyllis February 7, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    Another ahhh-mazing post. Thank you! I always read this blog and exhale – it’s like a moment of charm, grace and beauty in my day! In addition to this perfect recipe, I LOVE the gold chargers/plates, the white scalloped plates AND the gold silverware. Would you mind sharing the info about them? In fact, you always have so many cool items in your daily life (tableware/serving pieces/your jewelry (!), that I wonder if you would ever consider sourcing them at the end of the posts? I know I can’t be the only one who would love to add a little “Styles” style to my life!! : )

    • Camille Styles February 7, 2012 at 3:45 pm

      Aww, thank you Phyllis! What a sweet comment – and a great idea. The gold china plates are borrowed the personal collection of my friend Ash (who owns Byrd Collective.) The white plates are West Elm’s scalloped dinnerware, the gold flatware was an ebay find, and the teacups/saucers are Royal Doulton bone china. So glad you enjoyed the post! xx

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    Mariana February 7, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    Ah… This is just so cute! And looks so delicious. 🙂

    p.s. – I love everything on that table!!

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    Paulette @ At Home in Arkansas February 7, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    I don’t know what I love most about this post, the pancakes or the table setting. The gold utensils and china, the monogram napkins… it’s all so pretty and inviting.

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    Sally February 7, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    Such a beautiful post and exactly what I have been looking for. I am definately going to dish these up for my husband on Valentines day – can’t beat pancakes to kick of any day really.

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    jin February 10, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    those heart pancakes should be paired with a nice cup of tea 🙂
    come see my diy heart shaped tea bag

    xx jin @ her imajination

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    Jessica February 11, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    Delicious! Made them this morning! Best buttermilk pancakes I have made. Loved how the egg whites made them so light and fluffy. Shared your recipe on my blog :).

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    Stiletu February 12, 2012 at 1:43 am

    Oh my!!! I agree breakfast is the most romantic time….And these pancakes seem heavinly delicious! So sad, I’ve read about them only now…I would have made them this morning, because my husband is leaving to Italy today and will be back only on Thursday…Which means that my Valentine will be without my husband…:(( Anyways, at least today I could have given him a pre-Valentine breakfast, rather than being lazy and laying in the bed till the last minute…Oh well, there’ll be other moments! I’ll try this recipe with my friends till Thursday and then will make him a post-Valentine breakfast on Saturday!! Thank you for the inspiration!

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    nicole April 18, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    love this post! i am considering purchasing the scalloped plates from west elm. how do you like them?

    • Camille Styles April 19, 2012 at 7:36 am

      Adore – use them ALL the time!!

      • nicole April 21, 2012 at 9:23 pm


        • mari April 25, 2012 at 4:03 pm

          BEAUTIFUL feature! I had the same question about the plates – they are so pretty, but I was wondering if you find those scalloped edges to be pretty durable? THANKS!