Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Fluffy Blueberry Pancakes
The Saturday morning ritual in our house begins with a warm cup of coffee, some re-runs of M*A*S*H on the tv, while my children are in the other room vegging out in front of their cartoons and of course a big, fluffy stack of pancakes. Ever weekend, its a new flavor, usually whatever is lying around or whichever fruit needs to be eaten soon. Blueberry, banana nut chocolate, chocolate chip, strawberry fluff, you name it we have probably made some version of it!
The one thing that never changes it that they are always light and fluffy. Could a pancake really be anything else, I don't think so!
Here is how you can achieve some of the fluffiest pancakes!
3/4 cup milk
2 tbsp white vinegar
1 cup whole-wheat flour
2 tbsp white sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
2 tbsp melted butter
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup of blueberries
Combine the milk and vinegar in a small bowl for 10 minutes to "sour". This is an important step and it is called "soured milk" which is much different that sour milk. I guarantee you will NOT taste the vinegar in the final product. Set it aside.
Combine the dry ingredients in a bowl.
In a smaller bowl, whisk the soured milk, egg, vanilla and melted butter together.
Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and whisk until most of the lumps are gone, but don't over beat.
Add the blueberries. Gently incorporate them into the batter.
Now, set the finished batter to the side and let it rest of 10 minutes. Do not stir it during the 10 minutes.
After the 10 minutes are up you will notice that you batter is thick and bubbly. That is perfect! Do not add liquid to the batter to make it thinner, you want it that thick.
Using a ice cream scoop, or just a spoon whatever you prefer, scoop the batter out and onto the pan.
Let cook until you see bubbles forming on the top. Then flip, and let the other side cook for about 3 minutes, or until browned.
Do not skip the step with the milk and vinegar. The "soured milk" will activate the baking soda and that is what helps the pancakes get big and fluffy!