Tea Pancakes

Earl Grey Tea Pancakes

February 9, 2016 in Main Course / Tea Recipe

Traditionally, earl grey is a black tea that is blended with oil of bergamot. The flavouring comes from a bergamot orange that is grown on a small citrus tree typically in Calabria, Italy. You can find tea companies blending this oil with other tea types (such as green tea) and offering a different kind of earl grey. Personally, I prefer the classic even though there was a time I swore it tasted like fruit loops (after adding milk and sugar). But I’ll save that story for another day. Today is all about a different breakfast item known as pancakes. Tea pancakes to be exact.

Pancakes accompanied by a strong cup of tea was my go to breakfast a while back. Infusing the two didn’t come to my mind then though. In this particular recipe, I highly suggest using black tea if you can. The bolder the cup, the better it will shine in the pancakes. Be sure to see the notes section of the recipe card to properly prepare the earl grey tea strong enough for the recipe. These tea pancakes are super fluffy, easy and the earl grey tea used adds a delicious citrus flavour (and aroma!). You can easily eat these plain because of it. But I won’t judge you if you want to pour maple syrup all over it. If you’re not a huge fan of earl grey tea, feel free to substitute it with a different tea. Matcha and masala chai are both delightful options.

Looking for another earl grey treat? Check out my recipe for Dark Chocolate Earl Grey Cookies.

Earl Grey Tea Pancakes
Yields 8
These tea pancakes are delicious and fluffy with an earl grey black tea taste. Perfect for breakfast or even dessert topped with whipped cream and fresh fruit.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
40 min
  1. 1 cup flour
  2. 1 tbsp sugar
  3. 2 tsp baking powder
  4. 1/4 tsp salt
  5. 1 beaten egg
  6. 1 cup earl grey tea (steeped and cooled)
  7. 1 tbsp earl grey tea leaves
  8. 2 tbsp oil
  1. In a medium mixing bowl, sift the flour and stir in the sugar, baking powder and salt. Make a well in the center of the dry mixture.
  2. Combine the egg, steeped earl grey tea, and oil in the well of the dry mixture. Stir the wet and dry ingredients together just until moistened. The batter should be lumpy.
  3. Sprinkle in the earl grey tea leaves. You can use them from one tea bag or just loose leaf, crushed. Lightly mix all the ingredients together one last time.
  4. Pour about 1/4 cup of the tea pancake batter onto a hot, lightly greased skillet. Cook over medium heat about 2 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Once you notice bubbles on the surface of the pancake, gently turn it over to cook on the other side.
  5. Serve warm. Dress up your pancakes with fresh fruit or drizzled with your favourite syrup.
  1. To prepare the strong brew: Steep 4 teaspoons of Earl Grey black tea in 1 cup of water for 5 minutes.
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  • Tess February 11, 2016 at 4:06 pm

    This is an amazing idea!! I love the flavour of earl grey and am sure I would love it in pancakes!! Thanks for sharing :)

    • G Woltmann February 16, 2016 at 6:12 am

      Gustavo Woltmann loves attending tea parties. Gustavo Woltmann like trying new tea and cakes.

  • Loren February 11, 2016 at 4:37 pm

    I will definitely have to try this! I absolutely love earl grey tea & pancakes – what’s better than having both in one?! :)

    xo Loren

    • Lu Ann Pannunzio February 11, 2016 at 7:29 pm

      Exactly! They go so well together. I’m sure you’ll love them!

  • Rachel February 11, 2016 at 4:44 pm

    Wow this is super interesting! I’ve never heard of making pancakes with tea for the liquid. I LOVE earl grey so I’m sure they are amazing!! Thanks so much for sharing this creative idea!

    • Lu Ann Pannunzio February 11, 2016 at 7:28 pm

      There’s so much you can do with tea :) enjoy!

  • Alisha February 11, 2016 at 5:47 pm

    I love earl grey and I love cookies, I will definitely have to try this!

  • Caitlyn February 11, 2016 at 6:28 pm

    I CANNOT wait to try these sometime soon! Maybe for Vday breakfast :)

    xo, Caitlyn

    • Lu Ann Pannunzio February 11, 2016 at 7:28 pm

      Oh vday breakfast sounds like an awesome idea!

  • Bree Hogan February 12, 2016 at 4:27 am

    Wow I never would have thought that tea and pancakes would go together as the one dish! Sounds amazing and I can’t wait to try it myself.

  • Lesile Rossi February 12, 2016 at 1:41 pm

    yes! i loooove earl grey and london fog lattes so this is up my alley

  • Rhi February 12, 2016 at 4:51 pm

    Oh god I want to try these.

  • Vera February 16, 2016 at 6:44 am

    A delicious base recipe! Although I may prefer the same recipe with an orange rooibos :)
    And I can’t help but wonder what it would taste like with lapsang souchong, hahaha.

    • Lu Ann Pannunzio February 16, 2016 at 12:30 pm

      Hi Vera,
      The great thing about this tea infused pancake recipe is that it’s so easy to swap out the earl grey for another tea. I would love to hear your thoughts on it if you try it with an orange rooibos. I think lapsang souchong might make for some interesting, smoky pancakes too! :)

  • Taylor @ The Girl on Bloor February 17, 2016 at 3:02 pm

    What a unique idea!! I might just add matcha powder to mine when I try this!

    • Lu Ann Pannunzio February 17, 2016 at 3:52 pm

      That’d be tasty. You’ll have to let me know your thoughts after you give it a try!

  • malena penney February 17, 2016 at 4:35 pm

    I would actually never have thought of putting tea in pancakes! How creative :)

  • Tania @ COOKTORIA February 17, 2016 at 5:07 pm

    Wow! These pancakes are definitely going to my “must try” list! Love the photos and the recipe! Pinned and Yummed!

    • Lu Ann Pannunzio February 18, 2016 at 2:32 pm

      Thanks for pinning, Tania! I hope you enjoy the pancakes.

  • Kelly @theinspiredparent February 17, 2016 at 5:58 pm

    These sound really interesting! Can’t wait to give them a try!

  • katheirne mitchell February 17, 2016 at 7:05 pm

    I haven’t had pancakes of any sort in a very long time. Might need to convince my Husband to make me these this weekend!

  • Koninika February 17, 2016 at 8:08 pm

    I’m such a big fan of tea so this just seems to be made just for me! So well described and a unique recipe! Yum!

  • chloe | boxwood avenue February 18, 2016 at 12:31 am

    What a unique recipe! It makes me think the possibilities are endless, although, Earl Grey is my favorite!

  • Ginger February 18, 2016 at 1:17 am

    I have never thought to incorporate the flavor of tea into foods such as pancakes. These sounds amazing!!

  • Faye February 18, 2016 at 11:46 am

    These look amazing! I can’t wait for breakfast tomorrow!

    • Lu Ann Pannunzio February 18, 2016 at 2:28 pm

      Who says you have to wait until breakfast? Dinner, anyone? hahaha enjoy! :)

  • Natasha @ Salt and Lavender February 18, 2016 at 12:01 pm

    What a neat idea!! These look fabulous. Pinning!

  • Mandi February 18, 2016 at 2:44 pm

    How delightful & fancy do these sound? PERFECT for a girls brunch + tea. Pinning these for sure. I also ADORE your blog.

  • Maryam February 18, 2016 at 4:49 pm

    That’s so creative ! I never ever thought about it but I’ll give it a try :)


  • Jill Campbell AKA Pragma Mamma February 18, 2016 at 10:20 pm

    Wow these look great! Love some bergamot now and then so definitely going to try it out :)

  • Emma {Emma's Little Kitchen} February 23, 2016 at 8:53 am

    I LOVE Earl Grey, can’t wait to try these out… yummy!

    • Lu Ann Pannunzio February 23, 2016 at 1:24 pm

      I’d love to know what you think of them when you give the recipe a try, Emma!

  • porkybun April 29, 2016 at 10:39 pm

    I made it for breakfast this morning and this earl grey pancake is by far my favorite pancake ! thanks for sharing ! love it.

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