Monday, May 21, 2007

blueberry cures the blues

I guess no matter what, you have to start getting back to normal life eventually. And as always, cooking some good food just makes me happier. Not surprisingly for my family, I think food is one thing that really helped us through the last few weeks, when the highlight of our difficult days was deciding what kind of food to eat for dinner. We had Thai, Chinese, German, Middle Eastern, Indian, Greek, Italian, and donuts. Mmmm donuts. But it was all take-out, which, while great, is just not the same as something homecooked.

Yesterday was the first day that I really cooked, and we started it off with some homemade Blueberry-Buttermilk pancakes. So good, we didn't even need the maple syrup. Recipe and more pics after the jump:

(Adapted from about 5 different general recipes)

2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
2 cups buttermilk
1/4 cup melted unsalted butter, cooled
1 cup fresh blueberries (you could use frozen, too, just thaw and drain well)

Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt into a large mixing bowl. In another bowl, whisk eggs with the buttermillk, then slowly whisk in the butter. Be careful to whisk continually as you add the butter if it is not completely cool, as this could cook the eggs. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, and mix just until combined. Do not overmix or it will toughen the pancakes, it is okay if there are some lumps.

Heat a griddle or frying pan over medium heat, melt some butter, and pour approx. 1/3 cup of the batter onto the griddle. Place blueberries and push them down into the batter. You need to push them in a little or they will stay right at the surface and when you flip the pancake they can burn.

Cook for 2-3 minutes on each side. The edges of the pancake will start to bubble and set when it is ready to be flipped.

Keep finished pancakes in a warm oven until ready to serve. Serve with maple syrup.

1 comment:

Leah said...

Omigosh. Those are stunning.