Patriotic Pancakes

Kick-off your 4th of July with a plate of red, white, and blue Patriotic Pancakes!  Topped with French Chantilly cream and fresh berries, these pancakes are a fun and delicious way to start the holiday off right.

A plate of Patriotic Pancakes - red, white, and blue pancakes topped with French Chantilly Cream, blueberries, raspberries, and a sprig of fresh mint.

I like to start the party early and make a full-on brunch for the holiday by serving the pancakes with Candied Bourbon Bacon, French Style Scrambled Eggs, Strawberries Romanoff, and a pitcher of Fresh Peach Bellinis or Barbecue Bloody Marys.


Is there a more decadent and delicious way to start a holiday weekend than with a plate of pancakes? Now imagine those pancakes topped with creamy vanilla whipped cream and berries.  You’re salivating, right?

And how fun is it to serve up a red, white, and blue plate of pancakes? Your family will love these tender, tangy pancakes with the whipped cream and berries.  They look and feel like a celebration!

A plate of Patriotic Pancakes - red, white, and blue pancakes topped with French Chantilly Cream, blueberries, raspberries, and a sprig of fresh mint.


I have a secret for you. French Chantilly Cream and whipped cream are pretty much the same things with a couple of minor differences.

Traditional whipped cream is sweetened with a bit of granulated sugar and maybe a touch of vanilla.

French Chantilly Cream is sweetened with powdered sugar and is about twice as sweet as whipped cream. It also has a healthy amount of vanilla in it.


  • Heavy cream
  • Powdered sugar and granulated sugar
  • Vanilla
  • Flour, baking soda, and salt
  • Eggs
  • Beer
  • Milk
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Vegetable oil
  • Food coloring – both red and blue
  • Fresh berries – blueberries, raspberries, or strawberries
  • Fresh mint

A plate of Patriotic Pancakes - red, white, and blue pancakes topped with French Chantilly Cream, blueberries, raspberries, and a sprig of fresh mint.


In 5 steps and less than 30 minutes, you can make this recipe!  Are you ready?

  1. Combine and whip the ingredients for the Chantilly Cream.  Chill.
  2. For the pancakes, stir together the dry ingredients and the wet ingredients in separate bowls.
  3. Combine the wet and dry ingredients.
  4. Cook the pancakes.
  5. Plate the pancakes and garnish with the Chantilly Cream, berries, and mint.


These Patriotic Pancakes are a festive and delicious way to kick off the holiday!  Fluffy red, white, and blue pancakes are topped with a French Chantilly Cream, blueberries, and raspberries for a breakfast your family will love.

  • Author: Millie Brinkley
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Total Time: 27 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Griddle
  • Cuisine: American



For the Chantilly Cream:

  • 1 cup heavy cream, chilled
  • 1 tablespoon powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the pancakes:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature, and beaten
  • 24 tablespoons beer
  • 1 ⅓ cup whole milk
  • ½ teaspoon cider vinegar
  • 8 teaspoons vegetable oil, divided
  • Red and blue gel food coloring

For garnish:

  • Homemade Chantilly cream
  • Fresh blueberries
  • Fresh raspberries or sliced strawberries
  • Fresh mint


Make the Chantilly Cream. 

In the bowl of an electric mixer, pour in the heavy cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla.

Beat on high speed until the mixture is thick and forms stiff peaks.  The cream should make a ‘peak’ when you lift the beater out of the bowl.

Cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap and chill until ready to use.

Make the pancake batter.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, salt, and sugar with a fork.

Create a hole in the center and set it aside.

Using a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, beer, milk, vinegar, and 4 teaspoons of oil.

Pour the wet ingredients into the ‘hole’ in the center of the dry ingredients.

Stir just until combined.  There may be small lumps and that’s okay.

Divide the dough into thirds.

Spoon one-third into a small bowl and add enough red food coloring to get a deep red color.

Add another third of the batter to another bowl and mix in the blue food coloring.

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees and place a baking rack over a large baking sheet.  Set aside.

Heat a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat and brush with 1 teaspoon of the remaining oil.

Spoon ¼ cup of each of the batters into the skillet so that you have one white, one blue, and one red pancake.

Cook until bubbles start to form and then flip the pancakes.

Continue to cook for another minute longer.

Remove from the skillet to the baking rack and keep warm in the oven.

Repeat with the remaining oil and pancake batter.

Serve and garnish.

Add one blue pancake and top with a heaping tablespoon of Chantilly cream.  Top with one white pancake and a tablespoon of Chantilly cream,  and finally top with one red pancake to a plate.

Smear a dollop of Chantilly cream over the red pancake and top with berries and a sprig of mint.

Serve warm.

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