These fluffy American blueberry pancakes make a delicious and tasty breakfast. The blueberries add a juicy flavour the whole family will love. Read on to find out how to make these easy blueberry pancakes.
Pancake day is approaching quickly. Children everywhere will be demanding pancakes. Traditionally pancake day, or Shrove Tuesday, is a feast day before the start of Lent on Ash Wednesday. Lent is traditionally a time of fasting and making pancakes was a great way to use up eggs and fat before the fast began.
In England we usually make English pancakes with lemon and sugar. These are thin flat pancakes which are served immediately. For something a little different these fluffy American blueberry pancakes are perfect. The tangy blueberries convince you that you are eating something healthy.
If there is one thing Americans know how to do its how to make breakfast. I have memories of travelling to America as a child and being amazed at their breakfast dishes. Large stacks of fluffy pancakes with lashings of syrup, plates of waffles and crispy bacon. The pancakes were so filling a stack was hard to finish.
One of my favourites was the fluffy blueberry pancakes. In those days blueberries were not common in England. The bright blue berries were a taste experience. These days blueberries are more easily found in supermarkets. They are also hailed as a superfood due to the high levels of anti-oxidants they contain. This is said to lower your risk of a heart-attack so they are definitely worth eating.
The key difference between American pancakes and English pancakes is that American pancakes use a raising agent. Instead of a flat pancake that fills the pan you get a more compact fluffy pancake. It is easy to cook several at once in the pan. It is really easy to make pancakes from scratch and worth the effort.
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You can make these blueberry pancakes using fresh or frozen blueberries. If you use frozen they will defrost as you cook the pancake.
These blueberry pancakes use self-raising flour and baking powder as a raising agent. Mix in milk, an egg and a pinch of salt to make a smooth batter. It is a good idea to sift the flour before adding it. This will remove any lumps from the batter. Finally gently fold some blueberries into the mixture.
Put some oil in frying pan and when it is sizzling add drops of batter to the pan. A spoon is an easy way to do this. A big spoonful of mixture is the perfect size for a pancake. Watch the pancake carefully and when bubbles start to appear flip it over. Cook until golden on both sides.
Once the pancakes are ready serve with a drizzle of syrup and some fresh blueberries.My son loved them and kept asking for more. When I said three was more than enough he went and ate the blueberries that were left over instead.
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The good news is that you can freeze blueberry pancakes. Why not whip up a large batch of pancakes, eat some and freeze some for the next time you fancy them. Make sure you have some freezer bags and labels ready so you know what they are later. There is nothing worse than finding a UFO (Unidentifed Frozen Object) in your freezer at a later date.
To freeze the pancakes place them onto a baking tray so they are not touching. Put the baking tray into the freezer for thirty minutes. Now you can take the pancakes out and put them into freezer bags. Stack the pancakes with a little baking parchment or wax paper between them. This makes it easier to separate them later.
The easiest way to reheat the pancakes is to use a microwave. Put the pancakes on a microwave safe plate and heat for around 20 seconds per pancake. A stack of five pancakes will take about a minute. This will give you soft fluffy pancakes that you can eat quickly.
If you don’t have a microwave you can also reheat the pancakes in the oven. Preheat the oven to 180C. Wrap the stack of pancakes in foil to stop them drying out. Heat in the oven for around ten minutes until they are warm.
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