Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Blueberry pancakes, talk of my hiatus, and a soapbox!

I am back, but I'll be honest I am finishing up my Master's of Science in Nutrition this semester thus my time seems to be focused more on that these days! I'm sure y'all understand. I'll keep trying to get my recipes up. Rest assured, I am still cooking up a storm and taking quick photos of my meals otherwise I'd starve. ;o)


So, here is a great recipe for homemade pancakes. I spruced them up a bit with some antioxidant-packed blueberries which add such a balanced flavor to real maple syrup and impart terrific color to the plate.  All the rage seems to be acai these days, but in reality getting a balance of all types of fruits and vegetables is key. You cannot sustain your health just by drinking a mere smoothie made with acai. I know this is a bit of a side track of my pancakes, but I am constantly barraged with the buzz word "acai" and all the miracle properties of this single fruit. Really? Think back in time at all the other years and products that came out that would cure all.  Practice caution, save your dollar, and eat a variety of local produce!  Now off my soapbox! ;o)  Here is a great article by a fellow RD on Acai (ahhhh--sigh--eeeee) :o). 


Blueberry Pancakes
Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries, thawed

Directions:

Heat a griddle or electric skillet to about 400*F or you can feel the heat with your hand 2" off the pan. It's essential to have a hot pan!  In a bowl, mix together flour, salt, baking powder, and sugar. In a liquid measuring pour milk and whisk in egg. Add milk mixture to dry ingredients, add in butter, and stir (but you should still see lumps--quick breads work best with lumps!!!).

Add butter to the skillet. Drop 1/4 cup of batter into skillet and top with 4-7 blueberries (depending mostly on size of blueberry and your preference).  Once you see bubbles flip the pancakes and let cook until they rise a bit and look golden. Avoid flipping more than once.  Top with real maple syrup and more fresh blueberries!  Yum!!


1 comment:

Nancy said...

I will have to give it a try. Your dad has eaten one batch from the freezer, one to go from when you were here. When those are eaten ....