Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Blueberry pancakes and blueberry syrup

This past weekend I asked my husband what he wanted for his birthday breakfast. Before he could even answer the Little Witch piped up and said "I WANT PANCAKES!" I don't know about you but when a kid actually asks for something (other than mac & cheese or chicken nuggets) I get all excited and run to the kitchen to make it. Seeing as how it was the Husband's birthday, plain pancakes wouldn't cut it. So the Witch made blueberry pancakes with homemade blueberry syrup.

Believe it or not the syrup is super simple to make and it takes as long to cook as the pancakes take to make. I start the syrup as the skillet is heating for the cakes, and after I've cooked & flipped the entire batch, the syrup is done also! I love to make homemade syrup - its so simple and I know whats in it; a little sugar, no high fructose corn syrup or any corn syrup for that matter, fresh lemon and berries. What could be better, right?

The pancakes are big, thick, fluffy cakes. They get their lift from a LOT of baking powder. The Kitchen Witch HIGHLY recommends investing in a can of Rumford's Non Aluminum baking powder ($3 or so at almost all grocery stores, its in a red can). Regular baking powder has aluminum in it, and while small amounts aren't a health concern, I don't like the metallic taste it leaves. I also don't particularly enjoy the idea of eating aluminum, call me strange. But the non aluminum stuff, its good. You won't get that funky metallic 'baking powder' taste. Well worth the $3!

How cute is this little Witch?? She was really excited for pancakes :)

I've included a lot of helpful tips on making pancakes light and fluffy in the recipe directions. Its taken the Witch a LONG time to learn to follow her own instructions and let me tell you, when I do, I'm so happy!! I resisted over mixing, hard though it was, and we were rewarded with light, fluffy pancakes that any diner would be proud to serve. Homemade syrup was literally the icing on the cake, or in this case the syrup on the pancake. Enjoy!

Blueberry pancakes and syrup
makes 6 servings, 2 (6-8 inch diameter) pancakes each
1 lb frozen blueberries
2.5 cups flour
2 T baking powder (aluminum free preferably)
1T plus 1/4 c sugar, divided
1/2 t table salt
2 eggs
2 cups milk
1 T vanilla
2 T butter melted
1 T lemon juice
rind of lemon in long pieces (opt)

In a large mixing bowl sift the flour, baking powder, 1T sugar and salt together.

In a separate bowl mix the milk, eggs and vanilla. Mix well to incorporate ingredients. Add melted butter.

Reserve 1 cup of the frozen blueberries for the pancakes. Put the remaining bag of berries into a small sauce pan and add 1/4 c sugar, 1/4 c water and the rind of 1 lemon along with 1T lemon juice. Bring to a boil, stir then reduce to a simmer. Allow to simmer uncovered while pancakes cook. (about 20-30 minutes)

Preheat a skillet (cast iron is preferable) over medium heat. Oil pan lightly. Once pan is hot add the milk mixture to the flour mixture and stir to incorporate. DO NOT OVER MIX! A few lumps are fine they will work out in the end. Over mixing develops the gluten in the flour and makes tough rubbery pancakes. Its better to under mix a little than over mix. Batter will start to puff up rapidly as the baking powder is activated by the milk. Batter will also thicken upon standing, resist urge to stir it - the air bubbles again provide lightness to the pancake.

Spoon batter onto hot griddle, about a 4-5 inch diameter spreading it around slightly after pouring. Place about 10 blueberries into each pancake. Cook until golden brown on bottom and dry on edges. Flip cake.

Continue cooking on second side until the bottom is browned. Cooked pancakes can be kept in a 250F oven until they're all cooked. Any leftovers can be frozen with parchment papers between each cake.

Remove the lemon rind from blueberry syrup. Serve with pancakes.

Nutrition Facts provided by SparkPeople recipe calculator
Amount Per Serving
Calories 380.6
Total Fat 8.2 g
Saturated Fat 4.1 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.9 g
Monounsaturated Fat 2.3 g
Cholesterol 87.7 mg
Sodium 544.5 mg
Potassium 131.5 mg
Total Carbohydrate 66.7 g
Dietary Fiber 4.0 g
Sugars 22.0 g
Protein 10.6 g


Scuttleboose said...

These look delicious, and the Little Witch is soooo adorable! She looks like she's having a blast :)

Design Wine and Dine said...

Just this weekend I had someone ask me if I had a good pancake recipe, the kind you get in a good diner. I had to amit I do not. In fact, my pancakes usually turn out bad.

Great recipe and tips here! I will be picking up that baking powder for sure! I have heard of the lemon juice before too - I am excited to try this recipe one of these weekends!

Cranberry Morning said...

Those look delicious! like dessert! :-)
Thanks for your comment on the Edmund Fitzgerald. It's such a tragic story and I'm so glad that haunting ballad was written. Can't imagine an artist who could have performed it as well.

Siri said...

That first picture is so magnificent!! Oh, and the Little Witch is pretty cute too : )

Pam said...

Can breakfast get any better? Yum!

Yenta Mary said...

Those are absolutely GORGEOUS!!!

jane deere said...

Beautiful pictures! And little witch too! My husband is a blueberry FaNaTiC! He will love these...can't wait to try them!

Joy @ Joy Of Desserts said...

Congratulations, Andrea, you won the Clinton St. Baking Co. Cookbook. I couldn't find your e-mail anywhere, but please contact me to let me know your full name and address so that the publisher can send you the book. (My e-mail is on my blog's about page.)

All Our Fingers in the Pie said...

Great tutorial on pancakes! Blueberry are the best.

Jenn said...

OH YUM! Those look soooo good, I can see why the little witch was so excited!! When I was a kid if my dad wasn't making his special eggs for us, it was always pancakes...blueberry was always my favorite, especially when he made them look like Mickey Mouse!! lol I love how simple the syrup recipe is too....mmmmmmmmm!!!!

angicock said...


Thanks for the recipe!

Dawn said...

Oh my, there's nothing better than a good blueberry pancake!

Ananda Rajashekar said...

ur little witch is very cute, and pancake is fantastic :)

M @ Betty Crapper said...

I love blueberry pancakes. They make weekends special.

Shannon K said...

Yummmm!I want these for breakfast!

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