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Cream Cheese Beer Pancakes with Strawberry Saison Syrup

Cream Cheese Beer Pancakes with Strawberry Saison Syrup

Cream Cheese Beer Pancakes with Strawberry Saison Syrup

Cream Cheese Beer Pancakes with Strawberry Saison Syrup

I’m standing in the middle of a craft store talking quietly on my phone to an 87-year-old woman who wants to ship me weed.

I’m acutely aware of the fact that I’m actually embarrassed to tell her that I’ve never really been into weed. Not ever. Not even in high school, or when I ran around Hollywood with rock stars, it was just never my thing. I’ll just have a beer, thanks.

I don’t want to seem prude to a woman in her 80’s. I also don’t want to hurt her feelings, she’s sweet enough to offer me some of the stash she grows for her legal medicinal marijuana business.

Cream Cheese Beer Pancakes with Strawberry Saison Syrup

I’d met her a few weeks prior at a beer conference. She’s smart and sweet and genuinely interesting and I gave her my card, telling her to stay in touch. She calls me to offer to ship me some weed and instead of being up front with her, I’m evasive.

I don’t want her to go to all that trouble for someone who doesn’t smoke. It’s like shipping Pliny to someone who only drinks Captain and Cokes. I’m trying to find a way to say no. I’m also starting to become aware of the side-eye I’m getting from the girl in the aisle next to me, not sure if she’s judging me for talking on a phone in a quiet store, or if it’s about the weed. I decided that since it’s Seattle, she really can’t be that uptight about a conversation about pot.

Cream Cheese Beer Pancakes with Strawberry Saison Syrup

I finally come out with it, "I’m sorry, I just don’t smoke. It’s so nice of you to offer, it’s just not for me."

There is a long pause and I’m sure that I’ve offended her. "but…." she sounds confused, "You always make pot smoker food on your blog. I just figured….never mind."

She has a point. I mean, who eats beer pancakes in the middle of the day? It’s a logical assumption.

Cream Cheese Beer Pancakes with Strawberry Saison Syrup

Cream Cheese Beer Pancakes with Strawberry Saison Syrup


For the pancakes

  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 4 oz cream cheese
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 ½ cups wheat beer
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 ¼ cups All purpose flour

For the syrup

  • 8 wt oz about 2 cups sliced strawberries
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup saison or hefeweizen beer


  • In a blender add the sugar, cream cheese, baking soda, baking powder, salt, eggs, beer and vanilla extract. Blend until just smooth. Add the flour, pulse until just combined (batter can be made up to 24 hours in advance, refrigerate until ready to use.)
  • Heat a griddle to 350°F or a skillet over medium high heat, spray with cooking spray or grease with melted butter.
  • Pour 3 inch circles onto hot surface. Once bubbles appear in the center and the edges look dry, flip pancakes. Cook until underside is golden brown.
  • Add all the syrup ingredients to a pot over high heat. Boil, stirring occasionally, until thickened and reduced by about 1/3. Remove from heat, allow to cool before using.

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Andrew March 25, 2015 um 3:19 am

You’re my new best friend.


Tracy March 25, 2015 um 4:13 am

HA!!! "Pot smoker food"….bless her heart.
And thanks for the pancakes!


em March 25, 2015 um 6:21 am

This sounds so amaze-balls…I’m thinking we’ll be mixing this up this weekend…


Sophia@ NY Foodgasm March 25, 2015 um 6:49 am

Beer in a pancake is something I can always get behind, so I am most definitely pinning this bad boy for another day!


Susie @ SuzLyfe March 25, 2015 um 7:46 am

I’m sorry, I just passed out. i think I need some hair of the dog to get me going again! THANK YOU


Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar March 25, 2015 um 2:34 pm

I don’t know how you get your pancakes looking so perfect, but you do!! Yum!


Mary @chattavore March 28, 2015 um 6:54 pm

Jackie, this looks amazing! I love how you manage to get beer into ALL the things. I aspire to be able to do that someday. Then my husband will really think I hung the moon! 🙂


Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie March 29, 2015 um 7:17 pm

Heck yea I love cream cheese! So many great things in one meal – what better way to start the day!?


Rachel April 8, 2015 um 8:00 am

"It’s like shipping Pliny to someone who only drinks Captain and Cokes."

LOL, perfect.

These look amazing… the second I see strawberries at the farmer’s market I’m making these babies! My boyfriend isn’t that into pancakes but whatever, more for me 🙂


Lyuba@willcookforsmiles April 13, 2015 um 9:24 am

Hahaha, that is hilarious! Love the pancakes and I’d have them any time of the day!


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