Friday, November 18, 2016

Blueberry Pancakes

A big stack of soft fluffy pancakes, served with berries, dusted with powdered sugar or chocolate, drizzled with sweet earthy maple syrup - a drool worthy breakfast to start an awesome weekend. Pancakes are flat cakes made from a batter of flour, eggs and milk with a leavening agent such as baking powder to make them thick and fluffy. As a variation to the basic recipe, the eggless buttermilk pancake recipe can be found here
Basic pancakes 
This basic recipe for pancakes makes about 8 pancakes. The trick to making pancakes is to mix all dry ingredients together and wet ingredients together and then combine the two. It is important not to over mix the batter in order to make fluffy pancakes. Some lumps are fine, the batter should be a little lumpy.  
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp sugar (optional)
11/2 tsp baking powder
Pinch salt
1 to 11/4 cup milk
1 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
1 large egg
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
Butter/vegetable oil for cooking pancakes
  1. In a small bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt to get the dry mixture.
  2. In another bowl, whisk together milk, butter, vanilla extract and egg to make the wet mixture. 
  3. Add dry mix to wet mix and whisk until just moistened. Do not over mix, a bit lumpy is fine.
  4. Heat a nonstick pan over medium heat. Add butter or oil to the skillet and spread it around the pan with a pastry brush.
  5. Drop a small ladle full of pancake batter into the pan.
  6. Cook until surface of the pancake has some bubbles, takes about 1-2 minutes. Flip carefully and cook for another minute or two till underside is golden. 
  7. Transfer to a serving platter and serve warm with desired toppings.
For making blueberry pancakes: 
Basic pancake recipe
1 cup blueberries 
Follow the basic recipe till step 5. Sprinkle a few blueberries on the pancake. Continue cooking as above. Serve drizzled with maple syrup. 

Make it wholesome - Substitute whole wheat flour for all-purpose flour. Add a tbsp of ground flaxseed to the dry mix. If batter is thick, add more milk a tablespoon at a time, until it reaches a pouring consistency.
Spice it up – Stir 1/2 to 1 tsp of different spices into the flour before adding wet ingredients, to create a flavor variation. Choose from cinnamon, nutmeg, ground ginger, green cardamom powder.
Assorted topping ideas for pancakes - butter, maple syrup, dusting of confectioners' sugar, honey, jams and preserves, whipped cream, chocolate syrup and chocolate chips, berries, fresh fruit (berries), cooked fruit such as apples, peaches and pears.

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