{Recipe: Blueberry Pancakes}

There’s no denying the fact that I’ve missed all of you.  This past week was the first time in over a year that I didn’t write a post (thanks again to all of the wonderful bloggers who wrote beautiful guest posts for the site), and it took me a couple of days to get used to the idea that I wouldn’t always have access to Twitter or Facebook or WordPress (where I create all of these entries).  I must admit that I didn’t stay away the whole trip (thanks iPhone!), but there were plenty of days where there were long stretches without internet or cell phone service.  And, I have to say, I quite enjoyed that time.

But now we’re back, having done our job of eating our way through Northern California.  I’ll put up a post later with pictures from our trip, but I do want to prepare those of you who are looking forward to a gallery of shots from our dinner at The French Laundry.  Not only did I not take any photos during our meal, but I didn’t even bring my camera with me.  And I’m so glad I didn’t. My time with my husband, and the incredibly memorable meal that we shared together, can’t be captured in a picture.  No photograph could ever do it justice.

Coming back from vacation can be a bit jarring.  I particularly miss the long, leisurely breakfasts Eric and I would have together, gorging on baked goods and sipping coffee.  But just because we’re back to reality doesn’t mean we can’t find time for such simple pleasures as a relaxing weekend morning breakfast.  And there’s nothing that hits the spot quite like a stack of plump blueberry pancakes.

I’ve made pancakes two times in my life.  Once was around Thanksgiving a few years ago.  I was given a small pumpkin as a birthday present (sounds weird, but I loved it) and it sat on our table for months until one Sunday morning, I made batter with them.  And, I must say, they were some of the most seductive and wonderfully delicate pancakes I’ve consumed.

If this sounds at all dramatic, I should note that I’m not a huge pancake person.  I certainly enjoy them, but I think that so many recipes rely too heavily on the assistance of maple syrup.  Now, don’t get me wrong, I adore a good high-grade maple syrup, but why does something that should be delicious enough on its own need to be slathered in it?

But enough ranting and raving… let’s talk about the second batch of pancakes.  On our way to the Cape a few weekends ago, we stopped off at Whole Foods to pick up some items for dinner and came across a bounty of relatively inexpensive blueberries that were just begging us to take them home.  And we didn’t have it in our hearts to leave them behind.

The following morning, I popped open the refrigerator to find them sitting on the shelf, ready for consumption.  The only proper use I could think of for these gloriously plump blueberries were to make pancakes.  Rich, light, full of texture, bursting with flavor!  I can’t think of a better breakfast than this.

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Brian’s notes: While Lora’s recipe suggests serving these with maple syrup, I found that all it needed were a few slabs of butter.

Blueberry Pancakes

(from The Cape Cod Table by Lora Brody)

makes about sixteen 6-inch pancakes or about sixty silver-dollar pancakes

3 cups all-purpose flour

1/3 cup cornmeal

1/3 cup granulated sugar

1 tablespoon baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

3 cups milk (or buttermilk for a slightly tangy, even more tender result), more if needed

3 extra-large eggs

1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract

2 cups fresh blueberries, rinsed only if necessary, shaken dry in a colander

Butter for cooking the pancakes

Butter and pure maple syrup for serving (optional)

Place the flour, sugar, cornmeal, baking powder, and salt in a mesh sieve set over a large mixing bowl.  Place the milk, melted butter, eggs, and vanilla in a second bowl and whisk to combine.  Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and gently stir until the mixture is smooth, taking care not to over mix, as this will make the pancakes tough.  Add more milk, if necessary, to make a batter that is the consistency of thick heavy cream.  Gently fold in the blueberries with a rubber spatula.

Melt a tablespoon of butter (or more if necessary) to cover the bottom of a large griddle or frying pan set over moderate-high heat.  When the butter sizzles, ladle batter onto the griddle to form 6-inch pancakes, leaving enough room between them to let them spread without touching.  Cook until bubbles form on the top of the pancake and the bottoms are golden brown.  Use a wide metal spatula to flip them over, and cook on the other side until golden brown.  Stick the point of a small, sharp knife into the center of one of the pancakes to make sure it has cooked all the way through.  This will help you gauge the required cooking time.  Repeat with the remaining batter.

You can keep the pancakes warm on a baking sheet, loosely covered with foil, in a 300 degree F oven.

Serve hot with lots of butter and real maple syrup.

 

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YuriJune 15, 2011 - 12:10 am

I love seeing pancakes but not a fan myself either :) bf adores them and I’m tempted to surprise them with this recipe since he loves blueberries too and these days they are available at my fav supermarket. So glad to hear you’re on Peko Peko too, I am waiting for my copy to arrive :)

ElJune 15, 2011 - 12:12 am

I’m glad to hear you had a good time. Sounds like a wise decision to just sit back and enjoy your meal at French Laundry. I must say, your welcome home blueberry pancakes look fantastic. I would love some right now.

Nelly RodriguezJune 15, 2011 - 12:13 am

We definitely missed you too, but the guest bloggers were amazing! So happy you both had a great time in CA; no French Laundry pictures mean you’ll have an even better time remembering it with each other! Some meals just shouldn’t be bothered with a flash…Now these pancakes look awesome! I miss fresh, local blueberries (not the sad berries we get here all the way from god knows were) but I will live vicariously through you! Glad to have you back! (#confession: I don’t use maple syrup on pancakes, but strawberry jam. Always.)

kankanaJune 15, 2011 - 12:33 am

isn’t CA beautiful ? I love it! :) These pancakes are looking delicious and I would love them for my breakfast specially over the weekend!!

Lisa { AuthenticSuburbanGourmet }June 15, 2011 - 12:52 am

Glad you had a nice time in Northern California. It is where I call home and I am happy that you had a great time here. So much to see and enjoy in a short period of time. Great call on no camera at FL. It is a once in a lifetime experience that just simply needs to be enjoyed. Those pancakes looks just breath taking and perfect for a relaxing Sunday or Saturday morning breakfast. Look forward to your vacation photos. :-)

Julia@DimpleArtsJune 15, 2011 - 1:03 am

These sound delicious! There is a little bit of drool here:)

sweetsugarbelleJune 15, 2011 - 1:24 am

I’m glad you are back. We LOVE blueberry pancakes! LOVE them. Syrup is one of the few sweet things I don’t care for…I’d eat these plain. I love the photo of you stirring the berries into the batter!

As for the French Laundry…you lucky lucky guys! LUCKY. I have been kind of obsessed with the place ever since I saw Tony Bordain {my secret crush, LOL} eat there with with his buddies. They made him cigarette creme, LOL…What a wonderful vacay. That is one of the BEST places on earth. Dad drove up once and brocght back the most amazing cherries…okay I’m rambling. WOW!

Baker StreetJune 15, 2011 - 6:04 am

i loveeee blueberries and completely agree with you on the butter theory.

You had two very lovely guest posts while you were away Bri. I really enjoyed them.

Glad to hear you had a fabulous time at the french laundry. i look forward to your post.

Lauren at Keep It SweetJune 15, 2011 - 6:07 am

We don’t have leisurely breakfasts often enough, but these pancakes are a good inspiration to do it more often. They look delicious and as always your photos are amazing!

Girls' Guide to Guns and ButterJune 15, 2011 - 7:09 am

Gorgeous pancakes – they look fluffy and tender and, gosh, I love that over-sized, shaggy look. I’ve also never thought of adding vanilla to pancake-type-things, and I think it’s a splendid idea. Love the buttermilk part, too – I make a yogurt-based variety, they come out tender and light.

Girls' Guide to Guns and ButterJune 15, 2011 - 7:14 am

I was going to add that my favorite way to eat pancakes, other than with maple syrup, (and this won’t work with the fruit kind) is fish – lox (which is a bit of a luxury) but even anchovies, and cream-cheese or sour cream. Red caviar, which is another thing I can’t easily get my hands on in my neck of the woods, is the ultimate delight when it comes to pancakes.

Caroline @ chocolate and carrotsJune 15, 2011 - 7:20 am

I’m so glad you had a great get-away. :-) Those blueberry pancakes look incredible and bursting with flavor. Yum!

Ken⏐hungry rabbitJune 15, 2011 - 7:23 am

That’s a stack of Blueberry Pancakes that can relax anyone on a given Sunday.

JamieJune 15, 2011 - 7:40 am

I don’t make pancakes anymore since the huge pancake fan was my son Simon who has been in the US for over a year. Husband does make french crêpes but my oh my how fattening since I just slather them with jelly and eat one after the next in fast succession. And sadly it is very hard to find blueberries here but oh now you have me craving not only pancakes but blueberry pancakes as well! Maybe crêpes with blueberry jam? And where’s the whipped cream, Brian? xo

A Plum By Any Other NameJune 15, 2011 - 7:46 am

Those are some of the best looking pancakes I’ve seen. In contrast, I’m quite a fan, but still haven’t found the *perfect* recipe. To the cape I go …

Chef DennisJune 15, 2011 - 8:15 am

HI Brian

glad to hear you had such a wonderful time on vacation, Lisa and I are so overdo, it’s been years since we have been able to travel. Blueberry pancakes are one of absolute favorite breakfast meals, with those big plump and juicy berries!! But I have to admit I love butter and maple syrup, although I never pour the syrup on the pancakes, it’s always along side just to dip them in..

Have a wonderful week my friend!
Dennis

MaggieJune 15, 2011 - 8:40 am

Blueberry pancakes are one of my favorite foods. I have amazing memories of plopping down in the backyard of my grandparents’s house in Maine, which is basically a large blueberry patch, picking and eating those small, sweet Maine blueberries until I had a full cup and then bring them home for pancakes. Not much beats a warm, fluffy blueberry pancake smothered in butter with no more than a dollop of maple syrup!

AshJune 15, 2011 - 9:28 am

This is the best kind of food!! Breakfast food has got to be one of my favorite things!!

TiffanyJune 15, 2011 - 9:49 am

The perfect breakfast! (or lunch, dinner, or snack!)

MikeVFMKJune 15, 2011 - 10:17 am

After a road trip like yours, nothing can ease you back into the weekend better than a stack of pancakes like these. Look amazing! And blueberries are always a wise choice! Glad to have you back!

BukycooksJune 15, 2011 - 12:44 pm

Can’t wait to hear more about your trip . It is nice to take a real break from everything periodically and just enjoy your days. Glad you had such a great time in CA. :)

Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.June 15, 2011 - 1:06 pm

omg fabulous!

KristenJune 15, 2011 - 1:07 pm

Your vacation sounds like it was magnificent. So happy you were able to enjoy yourselves!

MattieJune 15, 2011 - 1:16 pm

Hi!
These look amazing. But I’m a little confused by the directions. They don’t seem to match the ingredients list. Am I missing something?

Oh, these look scrumptious!!! Wish it was breakfast time, right now!

Angie's RecipesJune 15, 2011 - 3:38 pm

I want to jump into your blog and live there…those pancakes look as scrumptious as your photography!

Karriann GrafJune 15, 2011 - 4:23 pm

You’ve got me craving blueberries now, will need to go to the store and get some ASAP! Gorgeous photography Brian. Happy Cooking!

Jen @ My Kitchen AddictionJune 15, 2011 - 5:04 pm

Blueberry pancakes are my favorite! I could eat a large stack of these for dinner tonight! :)

Maris(In Good Taste)June 15, 2011 - 5:38 pm

I am in the I can’t get enough blueberries stage so this is a perfect recipe for me!

WenderlyJune 15, 2011 - 5:47 pm

Welcome home! I just happen to have a bunch of blueberries looking for a home at the moment. I do believe I’ve found the perfect fit! Can’t wait to try these!

RJ FlamingoJune 15, 2011 - 7:08 pm

Good for you, Bri! So happy to hear you had such a great trip. :-) And these pancakes are gorgeous!

Rachel @ Baked by RachelJune 15, 2011 - 7:23 pm

Love the random blueberries on the plate. Hubs would love this recipe! He’s a big pancake and blueberry fan so why not combine?! :)

serena @bigapplenoshJune 15, 2011 - 7:54 pm

These look mouthwatering!

EthanJune 16, 2011 - 12:36 am

welcome back! these pancakes feel like a Sunday post, you’re confusing me;)

katJune 16, 2011 - 12:40 pm

Blueberries pancakes with a big slab of butter are one of my favorite things

Angela@RecipesFromMyMomJune 16, 2011 - 4:39 pm

This pancake recipe is so similar to the buttermilk one that I make but I’ve never added cornmeal. It’s a great idea and must tast great with the berries. I’m so glad you’re back and had a fabulous trip. I’ll get over not seeing any photos of your dinner at The French Laundry just knowing it was a special meal. Happy birthday to Eric today!

saraJune 16, 2011 - 7:19 pm

Here I am, thinking I love little mini silver dollar pancakes, but those huge ones are so neat lookin’!

SuesJune 16, 2011 - 8:05 pm

OK, now I’m really, really craving blueberry pancakes!! :) Beautiful!

SippitysupJune 17, 2011 - 2:53 am

After a week in Norway eating (relish) smoked fish breakfasts. this Cape Cod special looks great to me about now. GREG

Baking SerendipityJune 17, 2011 - 1:24 pm

These look like a perfect way to transition from vacation back into reality. Looking forward to your recap of Northern California. It’s a place I’d love to visit someday soon :)

EstherJune 18, 2011 - 2:57 am

I’ve just stumbled across your blog- and I’m hooked already!

JoanneJune 18, 2011 - 12:40 pm

Oh Brian, I’m so glad you enjoyed your time away, although I have to concede that i missed you every second that you were gone!

I’ve really been in a pancake mood lately, which is weird for me. I’m loving blueberry season lately (just made a blueb pie for father’s day!) and the idea of them in pancakes is giving me happy chills!

Jean (Lemons and Anchovies)June 18, 2011 - 4:28 pm

I think I make more pancakes than I consume. My husband wins the medal for the latter. I also hesitate to use so much syrup on something already delicious. Blueberry pancakes are my favorite to make and I wouldn’t need much convincing to eat more than a few of these. :-)

wizzythestickJune 18, 2011 - 5:45 pm

:-) I understand why you didn’t take your camera with you to the restaurant. Sometimes it’s good to put the camera away and enjoy the company of loved ones .

Kate (Katefrom Scratch)June 18, 2011 - 9:05 pm

Oh how marvelous. The french Laundry…wow! I’m speechless..that doesn’t happen often. Glad you enjoyed a wonderful vacation and got a chance to wind down.

Kulsum at JourneyKitchenJune 19, 2011 - 1:01 pm

THose pancakes look mighty good! I wish blueberries didn’t cost an arm and leg here :-( and I could buy them as often. And yes some time off the internet is always good :)

MeetaJune 20, 2011 - 4:19 am

We’ve definitely missed having you around Brian. We love our pancakes in all flavors! Looking forward to catching up with you!

Andrew FrishmanJune 22, 2011 - 11:46 am

Mnnn!. . . I LOVES me some pancakes, especially when they are blueberryful.

La galaxia, cuando se ve hacia el centro desde el borde exterior, se parece a una semilla de amapola panqueque, pero tal vez los arándanos podría ser galaxias en un universo. . .

ElianaJune 23, 2011 - 10:36 am

I’m not sure how I missed these but it’s safe to say I will be making them this weekend. These pancakes look incredible Brian.

Platanos Mangoes and MeJune 24, 2011 - 11:47 am

Don’t you just love when the berries start to po and bleed all over the batter…..so good!

AziraAugust 24, 2011 - 4:27 pm

Has anyone replaced the sugar with honey? I would love to make this pancakes but hoping that it will come out successful with honey instead. Thanks

Pierre BoFebruary 21, 2014 - 6:35 pm

The first photo on the very top of the article is just mindblowing. Its colourful and contrasty but yet not looking unnatural! Love it

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