This is not one of my research projects. It’s just pancakes. You’ve probably made them before. However, I have a few tips to share with you.
1. Never chop up your berries. I know they’re a little bulky, but when they heat in the batter on the pan, and then hit your mouth they burst open with flavor. If you chop them up you’ll lose all “bursting” potential.
2. Melted butter. Don’t be shy. You know those pancakes you get at that awesome place you love? Their secret is probably obscene amounts of butter. No restaurant makes low-fat pancakes. There’s a reason for that. Low fat pancakes don’t taste very good. I’d rather have “just coffee”, than low-fat pancakes. If you’re not making these every day, use real butter and lots of it.
3. Don’t let the butter smoke. This means you either need to clarify the butter first, or use a very low flame when making pancakes. If making multiple batches of pancakes with unclarified butter, you must cool the pan down between batches. If the milk solids in the butter start to brown, you won’t have an unblemished product in the end. Brown butter is good, but should always be intentional.
4. Smaller and thinner is better, in my opinion. Not crepes, but thin enough to see lumps of purple berries under the batter.
6. Powdered sugar and additional berries on top. I recommend it.
7. Don’t add the berries to the batter, add them to the pancake. This way, each bite gets at least one berry. I find that 5 berries to a 4 inch pancake is perfect.
- 1 cup flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 cup milk (plus more for thinning, if needed)
- 1 stick of butter (half for pan half melted in microwave for batter)
- 1 cup blueberries (plus more for garnish)
- Powdered sugar
Sift together flour, baking powder and sugar. Add the egg, the milk and the melted butter. Whisk together thoroughly (adding more milk if needed) while preheating a large pan over medium heat. Drop remaining butter into preheated pan. Pour batter on pan. Using your hands, arrange/drop blueberries into pancake. Flip when pancake starts to bubble. Remove from heat when golden brown.