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Blueberry Pancakes - Secret Technique Revealed!
I love Blueberry pancakes. I don't love ordering them in a restaurant and getting ones that are pathetic or stupidly expensive. A place we used to frequently frequent charged $6/pancake, $2 for maple syrup, and $4.50 for coffee. Two adults could be be leaving $50 poorer without even trying.
This technique creates blueberry pancakes with serious curb appeal. The blueberries are out front and smack you right in the face!
Pro Tips (Continually updated as I refine and experiment)
1. There are lots of mixes. Some mixes require eggs and or milk. I use a pancake mix that only needs water. You can make your pancakes from scratch, which is great if you have the time, but it gives a great excuse for going out to a restaurant. It is breakfast and it needs to be quick and easy. You don't want to start the day exhausted.
2. Keep it clean. Use as few dishes as possible. When the last pancake goes on, clean the bowl, whisk, and the scoop for the batter.
3. Use a non-stick pan and carefully control the heat using an IR thermometer. This is the key to consistency/repeatability. I have not tried this technique with an iron skillet.
4. Blue berries. I used fresh berries here and they work great. I have also used frozen berries including wild blueberries.
5. Don't beat the batter! This pops the air bubbles that are being generated by the baking powder in the mix. Stir it gently with a whisk.
6. Don't substitute banana. I tried real hard and failed.
7. More oil creates crispier pancakes. Butter will burn at the temp the pancakes should be cooking at.
8. Pour the batter around the berries first, otherwise they all get pushed to the periphery.
Krusteaze Buttermilk Pancake Mix, Just add Water and stir gently with a whisk. Avoid rigorous mixing
Clarified butter or ghee or vegetable oil
Real Maple syrup
Step 1. Heat the pan and oil. Use a cheap IR thermometer so you don't have to guess. HERE is what I use. 375 F keeps you below the smoking point of cooking oils, butter and ghee. I use this thermometer anytime I am going to sear or brown anything in a pan.
Step 2. Add the Blueberries. ***Yes, add the blueberries first *** This starts to heat them and it puts them on the presentation side. Here I used butter that got pretty brown. Clarified butter (ghee) or vegetable oil has a much higher smoking point
Sterp 3. Pour batter over the blueberries. Flick any loose berries back onto the pancake. Smaller pancakes work best, use about 1/3 cup of batter.
Step 4. Cook. Wait for bubbles to start popping on surface.
Step 5. Flip and cook other side. Check out the berries! Cook about 1-2 minutes. Look for the berries to start bubbling a bit and steam coming from pancakes
Note the crispy edge
6. Serve. No doubt about it, those are serious blueberry pancakes!