Thursday, February 18, 2010

blueberry malt pancakes

in a breakfast for dinner mood, i planned my weekly grocery trip with that in mind. how lucky was i when blueberries were 99 cents a container (vs. $3.99). i bought three packages on the spot and decided blueberry pancakes with breakfast sausage would fit the bill. when i got home, i set out to find a new pancake recipe to try. if you're doing easy dinner, it's always nice to try something new.

i was fresh off a cook's illustrated pancake recipe that is divine, so my expectations were high. when i came across a "simply perfect pancake" recipe from king arthur flour that listed malt powder as an ingredient, i was more than intrigued. apparently the malt replaces the sugar which makes for fluffy, diner-like pancakes.

obviously, i adapted these to make blueberry pancakes, but the recipe stays the same until the berries.

blueberry malt pancakes (adapted from perfect pancakes by king arthur flour)
2 large eggs
1 1/4 c milk
3 tbsp melted butter or vegetable oil
1 1/2 c flour
3/4 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 c malted milk powder
1 pint blueberries

1. beat eggs and milk until foamy
2. stir in butter or vegetable oil
3. whisk dry ingredients and gently combine with egg and milk mixture
4. let batter rest while griddle or non-stick pan* heats up
5. pour 1/4-1/3 cupfuls of batter onto hot surface, then drop in a few blueberries to each
6. cook until bubbles form, then flip and cook the other side until brown
7. always serve with butter and syrup, side of sausages optional

*just a shout out to my new non-stick pan, the cuisinart green gourmet 10" eco-friendly skillet. and no, this was not free, no one gave me anything to write this little review (but if cuisinart reads this, i'm open for testing!). this is a fabulous pan - things glide right out with no greasing and it's good for the earth. i got the 10" because it's perfect for omelets and small jobs, but honestly it was too small for circular pancakes. i have other non-stick options but i love this pan so much i was ok with crescent shapes. i want to keep it nice, so i have not put it in the dishwasher, instead i promptly hand wash after each use, plus NO metal utensils near the surface.

back to the pancakes. yum! fluffy and diner-like, indeed. and you can't go wrong when adding blueberries. they were super easy to prepare (almost as easy as a box mix) and if you're from the midwest, you already have malt powder in your pantry. i will definitely keep this recipe in my pancake arsenal. (we ate them so quick i didn't even get a good "stack" shot)


Thomas said...

No "stacked" jokes, then?

These sound delicious and I wish I were eating breakfast at your table instead of at mine, except when I'm making crepes! (BTW, the creperie here closed. Annoying!)

Why is the magic pan a green skillet/why is it good for the environment? Oh, yes, there's a link that explains it. Thank you!

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