4TBSUnsalted Butter, melted – plus more for cooking and topping
Raspberry Syrup:(yield: 1 ½ heaping cups)
1 ½heaping CupsFresh Raspberries(about 7 ½ Oz.)*
1CupPure Maple Syrup
Block(or bar) White Chocolate – shaved
Butter, to taste
Confectioner’s Sugar, for dusting
For the Raspberry Syrup: In a small saucepan, over medium heat, bring the maple syrup, honey and a pinch of salt to a boil. Cook until reduced by half, about 5-8 minutes, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to simmer and add the raspberries. Simmer until the raspberries are softened, 3-5 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside and let the raspberries steep for 20-25 minutes.
For the Pancake Batter: In a large sized bowl combine all the dry ingredients: the flour through the macadamia nuts. Whisk until well combined. Set aside.
In a medium sized bowl add egg whites and cream of tartar. Whisk/beat until stiff peaks form.
In a separate large bowl whisk the egg yolks, buttermilk, and sour cream together until well combined. While whisking, slowly drizzle in the melted butter.
Using a rubber spatula carefully fold the whipped egg whites into the buttermilk mixture. Continue to fold until JUST combined.
Add the wet buttermilk mixture to the dry mixture and fold again until JUST combined, being sure not to over incorporate. The mixture should be lumpy!
Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Line a sheet pan with a wire rack insert.
Cook the Pancakes: Heat a large heavy bottomed nonstick skillet or griddle over medium heat. Allow skillet to preheat for 5 minutes. Add a small pad of butter or a small drizzle of oil to the pan. Use a paper towel to whip and spread butter until there is none visible to the eye.
Using a ¼ cup ice cream scoop or dry measure, scoop pancake batter and add it to the pan, up to 4 pancakes at a time, making sure not to overcrowd the pan. Cook until bubbles start to form on the top and the bottom of the pancakes are golden brown, about 2-3 minutes. Carefully flip pancakes over and continue to cook on the second side until pancakes are golden brown and fully cooked through, an additional 2 minutes. Transfer to wire rack and keep warm in the oven as you repeat with the remaining pancakes.
Serve warm topped with raspberry syrup and garnish with shaved white chocolate.
*Yield: 16-18 pancakes*To easily chop macadamia nuts, place them in a Ziploc bag, use the flat side of a mallet and gently pound until finely chopped.*You can Substitute sour cream for additional, equal amount, of buttermilk*You can substitute fresh raspberries for frozen, defrosted raspberries