06 August 2009

Blueberry buttermilk pancakes

Blueberry pancake

Taking pictures of food inside is hard. Especially the less featureful food, like a pancake. So that pancake might not look like a million bucks, but it was delicious. Trust me.

My mother's recipe for buttermilk pancakes is the base here. She's big on healthfood, so in her recipe the whole-wheat flour is 50:50 with the all-purpose. Experimentation has taught me that 50:50 is too dry, but that less than 1/4:3/4 is too insubstantial. This recipe is perfect.
¼ cup whole wheat flour
¾ cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt

1 cup buttermilk
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 egg

Mix dry ingredients. As with any baking powder recipe, you want to have the liquid/solid contact to be as brief as possible. Then beat the egg, and slowly add the oil to the egg. This is an emulsion, so you want to suspend the oil in the egg. Add the buttermilk slowly to the egg mixture. EMULSION!!!


Add the liquids to the solids, and mix gently, until the point that your batter is thick with lumps in it. You don't want to mix out the lumps, because that will destroy the leavening power of the baking powder.


Ladle out the batter into a medium-hot pan, and toss a few blueberries into the pancake. This is important. If you mix the blueberries into the batter prior to frying, you'll break them, and have a purple batter with mushed blueberries in it. It's prettier if you add the berries to the batter after you start cooking. YUM!

Frying pancakes

Flip the pancake when you see about 45 seconds after you see bubbles forming in the top of the batter. Delcioso! The pancake will spend less time on the second side than on the first. It's already quite hot, so flip it, cook it a bit more, then toss it onto a plate.

Blueberry pancake

Serve with REAL maple syrup. Trust a Canadian. You really want the real stuff.

It'll be delicious.

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