Thursday, August 26, 2010

Blueberry Pancakes From Scratch

I'm craving pancakes lately, and from scratch.  I've been following Smitten Kitchen for some time now and while this recipe was derived from another - I still credit her for the find.  Be sure to visit her site for some extra tips on how to make fabulous hotcakes.

Best Buttermilk Pancakes
Smitten Kitchen
Yields: 9 6-inch pancakes

- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, or slightly less table salt
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
- 3 cups buttermilk
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, plus 1 tablespoon extra for brushing griddle
- 1 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen and thawed (optional)

Preheat an electric griddle to 375°F, or place a griddle pan or cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat.
Whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and sugar in a medium bowl.  Add the eggs, buttermilk, and 4 tablespoons melted butter, and whisk to combine.  The batter should have small to medium lumps.
Test the griddle by sprinkling a few drops of water on it. If the water bounces and spatters, the griddle is hot enough. Using a pastry brush, brush the remaining 1/2 teaspoon butter onto the griddle. Wipe off the excess with a folded paper towel.
Using a 4-oz. ladle, about 1/2 cup (for a 6-inch pancake), pour the batter in pools 2 inches apart.  If you wish to make blueberry pancakes, arrange a handful over the cooking pancake, pressing them in slightly. When the pancakes have bubbles on top and are slightly dry around the edges, about 2 1/2 minutes, flip over. If any batter oozes or blueberries roll out, push them back under with your spatula. Cook until golden on bottom, about 1 minute.
Repeat with the remaining batter. You can keep the finished pancakes on a heat-proof plate in the oven at 175°F.
Serve warm.

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