Pancakes are a thing of beauty. They are a regular fixture on the menu in our house and despite being atheists we will happily celebrate pancake day with double helpings of pancakes.
I’ve grown up on lemon and sugar pancakes – you can find my recipe here – but for the last ten years I’ve been dabbling with American fluffy pancakes. I first cooked blueberry pancakes on my hen weekend and I was hooked.
Over the last decade I have tried, tested and refined until I think I have the perfect blueberry pancake recipe. I shared it in a Father’s Day story I wrote for The Simple Things Magazine blog and in honour of Shrove Tuesday I’m sharing it here.
The sweet and fluffy american pancake is the perfect foil for the jammy and slightly sour blueberry. These sweet little clouds are great in the morning or as an afternoon snack. Of course it is practically illegal to eat them without maple syrup – make sure you stock up!
Blueberry Pancake Recipe
135g plain flour
½ tbsp. caster sugar
2 tsp baking powder
Pinch of salt
30g butter, melted and cooled slightly
1 small punnet of blueberries
- Melt the butter in a pan on a low heat and set aside to cool.
- Sieve the dry ingredients into a bowl and stir to combine.
- Lightly whisk the milk and egg together then pour the melted butter in and whisk again.
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and whisk to combine only. You will have a lumpy batter, over whisking will activate the gluten and make your pancakes tough.
- Rub a large frying pan with butter or oil and use a small ladle to drop the batter onto the pan over a medium heat. You should be able to fit several in at a time depending on the size of your pan.
- As they begin to cook drop blueberries into the surface of each pancake.
- Cook for 1 – 2 minutes on each side until they are just done – you should see little holes form on the surface and they should be lightly browned.
- Serve hot with a generous glug of maple syrup!
Faced with another drizzly half term morning I grabbed a box of rubbers and my lino cut tools.
I have been keeping this activity in the bank to stave off cabin fever and this morning was the perfect moment. The children designed their own stamps and I created this under the sea set.
What you’ll need:
A box of rubbers.
Lino cutting tools
How to make your stamps:
- Draw your designs onto the rubbers. Keep in mind that you want them to be simple to cut and look good in the contrast of light and dark.
- Cut away all areas you do not want to carry ink by sliding the lino cutting tool along the rubber.
- Test your stamp and neaten any areas carrying ink which shouldn’t be.
If you’d like to try lino cutting there is a great beginner kit here.