Fluffy Buckwheat Cottage Cheese Pancakes with a Touch of Thyme

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It is my firm belief that mothers do not need one specific day to celebrate their being! Mother’s should be celebrated every day of the year. They should be praised and idealized for their love, sacrifices, inspiration, motivation and protection. But we do have a special day to celebrate the unconditional love of a woman who calls herself a Mother.

So, I want to send out all my best wishes to the Mothers out there and congratulate you for your hard work you put into your child and for the sacrifices you make for the well being. Sometimes it goes unnoticed and maybe taken for granted – but without you we are nothing.

I want to dedicate this post in particular to my own mother. A strong-willed, sometimes stubborn, always loving and eternally giving lady. You have taught me so much in life mum – and through you I aspire to be the best mother in the world for my own child – just like you have been and still are to Sunny and me! 

For you mum - and all other mothers a little story …

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The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

Once there was a tree
and she loved a little boy.
And everyday the boy would come
and he would gather her leaves
and make them into crowns and play king of the forest.


And when he was tired, he would sleep in her shade.
And the boy loved the tree … very much.
And the tree was happy.
But time went by.
And the boy grew older.
And the tree was often alone.
Then one day the boy came to the tree and the tree said, “Come, Boy, come and climb up my trunk and swing from my branches and eat my apples and play in my shade and be happy.”
”I am too big to climb and play,” said the boy.
”I want to buy things and have fun.
I want some money. Can you give me some money?”
”I’m sorry,” said the tree, “but I have no money, I have only leaves and apples. Take my apples, Boy, and sell them in the city. Then you will have money and you will be happy.”
And so the boy climbed up the tree and gathered her apples and carried them away.
And the tree was happy.

But the boy stayed away for a long time…
and the tree was sad.
And then one day the boy came back and the tree shook with joy and she said,
“Come, Boy, climb up my trunk and swing from my branches and be happy.”
”I am too busy to climb trees,” said the boy.
”I want a house to keep me warm,” he said
”I want a wife and I want children, and so I need a house. Can you give me a house?”
”I have no house,” said the tree.
”The forest is my house, but you can cut off my branches and build a house.
Then you will be happy.”


But the boy stayed away for a long time.
And when he came back, the tree was so happy she could hardly speak.
”Come, Boy,” she whispered, “come and play.”
”I am too old and sad to play,” said the boy.
”I want a boat that will take me far away from here.
Can you give me a boat?”
”Cut down my trunk and make a boat,” said the tree.
“Then you can sail away and be happy.”

And the tree was happy…
but not really.

And after a long time the boy came back again.
”I am sorry, Boy,” said the tree, “but I have nothing left to give you -
My apples are gone.”
”My teeth are too weak for apples,” said the boy.
My branches are gone,” said the tree. “You cannot swing on them-“
”I am too old to swing on branches,”said the boy.
”My trunk is gone,” said the tree. “You cannot climb-“
”I am to tired to climb,” said the boy.
”I am sorry,” sighed the tree. “I wish that I could give you something …
but I have nothing left. I am just an old stump. I am sorry …”
”I don’t need very much now.” said the boy, “just a quiet place to sit and rest. I am very tired.”
”Well,”said the tree, straightening herself up as much as she could, “well, an old stump is good for sitting and resting. Come, Boy, sit down. Sit down and rest.”

And the boy did.
And the tree was happy.

Note: This is not a reproduction of the whole book.

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Like the tree, mothers always manage to give – even when they think there is nothing to give. They sacrifice their own self for the happiness of the ones they love. Hope each one of you enjoyed the special day!

My treat for any special day and a perfect way to show a loved one how you feel are these fluffy buckwheat pancakes with the added accent of creamy cottage cheese and a touch of thyme.

Recipe Card Cottage Cheese Pancakes

Fluffy Buckwheat Cottage Cheese Pancakes with a touch of Thyme

Printable version of recipe here.


65g unbleached flour
65g buckwheat flour
225g cottage cheese
4 eggs
Small sprig of thyme, chopped
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 tablespoons muscovado sugar
120ml milk
2 tablespoons canola oil

  1. Mix both flours, baking soda, salt, sugar and chopped thyme in a large mixing bowl.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together cottage cheese, eggs, milk and oil until smooth.
  3. Add dry ingredients to the cheese-eggs mixture, whisking until everything is incorporated and well mixed.
  4. Brush a non-stick pan with some oil and heat over medium heat. Using a ladle or a quarter measuring cup, drop batter into the hot pan.
  5. Cook for a few minutes until the bottom of the pancake is browned and golden. Flip the pancake and continue to cook until this side is also golden. Adjust the heat accordingly.
  6. Prepare the rest of the batter in the same way.

Sticky Note Serving Tip

Serve with maple syrup, or a variety of preserves, jams or jellies like a fig and ginger preserve or a mango strawberry jam.

The pancakes will also taste great with this exquisite Pear Cranberry Chutney Spiced with Star Anise or a tangy homemade lemon curd.

Really decadent would be a serving with some dulce de leche.



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It’s not often that we indulge in such breakfasts but when we do we enjoy every last delectable bite soaked in rich syrup and jeweled with fresh fruit or berries. These are very different to the usual pancakes. The cottage cheese gives this a creamy texture and a highlights it with it’s MM-Spring Cakesslightly slightly tangy aroma. Go for the creamier cottage cheese with small curd for a smoother and richer taste. The buckwheat flour gives it a a slightly rougher texture and adds a great nutty flavor. Adding thyme was a last minute stellar decision as I had to use up the herb. It added a great lemony slightly peppery touch which worked brilliantly with the sweeter syrup or jam.

Just a few more days till the Monthly MingleSpring Cake deadline. It’s going to be a grand mingle with a celebration of gorgeous strawberries, pineapples, lemons, raspberries and other tasty flavors. Make sure you join us with one of your Spring cake creations. See you there!

You might like these breakfast ideas from WFLH:

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  1. Meeta, those pancakes are perfect. Certainly a fine way to honour a mother!

  2. Lovely post Meeta! I loved the pictures.. they radiate a subtle calm & warmth! very comfortable feel..

    I always get the Giving Tree from the library for my kids. both of them love it so much... & so do we!

  3. You absolutely reflected my thoughts about Mother's Day. I love your pancakes and that too with buckwheat, which I happen to love. Great job Meeta.

  4. i love the flavour of buckwheat. i'd love to try this.

  5. An original recipe! These refined pancakes must taste really good!



  6. Oh how wonderful! Cottage cheese and thyme, I must try this as soon as possible!

  7. Those buckwheat pancakes look amazing! And what's better- the average person (ie. husband) would have not a clue how healthy they are! Thanks for the recipe!

  8. Great pancakes and a great story too! A wonderful tribute to mothers, any time of the year!

  9. oh these pancakes will surely make a great breakfast. they look so good!

  10. Great looking pancakes Meeta and a lovely post too!! :) Hope u had a lovely day!!! :)

  11. Lovely post meeta..the pancakes look perfect :)

  12. Happy Mother's Day Meeta! It reminds me of what parents usually say-- there's no children's day because every day is children's day (yeah right)!
    Certainly every day would feel like mother's day if you began it so decadently! :)

  13. Buckwheat pancakes are an all time favourite of ours nd yours look delish..hope you had a great mother's day :-)

  14. Lovely post and nice recipe: I love buckwheat flavor and I use it very often: I put half and half with normal flour, in salted cakes. It's delicious!

  15. lovely post Meeta looks so delicious beautiful pic.

  16. Wow tha pancakes ar ejust beautiful and delicous.
    Lovely post.

  17. Lovely pancakes and a Belated but Happy Mothers Day Meeta

  18. Yum, I've tried ricotta but not cottage cheese in pancakes. They look delicious. I love the addition of thyme!

  19. Just perfect Meeta. Mom's are a very special breed.
    Buckwheat has always been a favorite pancake for me, great with the cottage cheese or quark.

  20. The Giving Tree is one of the most well-worn and well-loved books in our collection of children's books. It's passed through our kids and now on to our grandkids.

  21. I too believe that there is no need for a specific Mothers Day.Each day a thght.a word/deed to her makes ours as well as her day.
    Love the pancakes.Never tried buckwheat .Enjoy .

  22. thank you all! i love the giving tree too a gorgeous book! as for the pancakes glad you are liking the combination of buckwheat, cottage cheese and thyme. hope you enjoy them!

  23. Adorable pancakes. I haven't tried buckwheat, so I cant imagine the taste, but I like the sound of addition of cottage cheese and thyme.

  24. What a lovely post Meeta! It's a shame my mother doesn't speak English or else I would have forwarded this to her!
    Your pancakes look incredible too and what a great idea to use cottage cheese in them... Sounds delicious and beautiful photography as well!

  25. I have really been into pancakes lately, and these look wonderful! Happy belated mother's day!

  26. these look wonderful meeta, perfect for a weekend treat whether you are a mother or not!

  27. I had completely forgotten about that poem. Thank you for reminding me of something I can now share with my son.

    As for the pancakes-they look amazing! However, where did you find cottage cheese in Germany? What was it called?

  28. These look absolutely beautiful and the ingredient combination sounds fantastic!

  29. I love that story! I remember it when I was a kid! Thanks for the reminder! The pancakes look amazing!

  30. Dear Meeta, I have an award for you at my blog...please collect it :)

  31. Thyme is a nice touch. I must admit I have never tried a buckwheat pancake. You make it look so good.

  32. What a touching post, Meeta!
    The pancakes are absolutely fantastic! I happened to be in love with buckwheat :)

  33. Oooh those pancakes look superdelicious :-)! XOXO

  34. Such a sweet post to write for your mom. Was liking the fig preserve idea until you mentioned dulce de leche :)

  35. What a lovely story! I can't wait to try your wonderful sounding pancake recipe. Your photos are marvelous!

    I blogged about a somewhat similar recipe of Cottage Cheese Pancakes with Orange Honey Butter should you be interested.

    I love the addition of buckwheat and thyme. Sounds terrific!


    ~ Paula

  36. Will keep this in mind for the next time I have some buckwheat flour in the house (currently I've only got roasted buckwheat 'kasha' in the house)..

  37. thanks for the feedback and comments. these pancakes were hearty and satisfying - i loved the cottage cheese. it adds a special creamy touch. hope you all enjoy it!

  38. I love pancake. Look so delicious. Thank you so much for posting the recipe. This is wonderful!

    Thanks again.
    see you next post.


  39. The pictures are awesome Meeta! I can imagine how cottage cheese and thyme must have worked here beautifully! Now got to get my hands on buckwheat flour....never had that.


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