August 28, 2009

Hi everyone,

This week our Mediterranean and Fruit selections have Blueberries which, as you probably know, are one of the “superfoods”  because they are full of antioxidants. You can throw them on your muesli or porridge, add them to a fruit salad or just eat them straight up but I reckon they really come into their own when you cook them. Whenever we have friends staying Blueberry pancakes are our standard breakfast (they freeze really well so when I see them at a good price I tend to throw a few punnets in the freezer for such occasions). My nearly five year old Dan loves making them so it keeps him occupied while all the adults wander round the kitchen figuring out whether it’s coffee or Panadol that’s needed first (it’s a great morning after brunch).

If you already make pancakes you’ll know that they are pretty easy to throw together and that once you’ve done a few times you can make a batch without weighing anything. The one thing I’ve learnt since I started making them is that separating the egg and whisking the white until  stiff then folding it in at the end really makes a difference and gives you lovely fluffy light pancakes you might have had in the states. We generally eat them with Butter and Maple Syrup and sometimes a slice of thin crispy Bacon or a grilled Banana (slice it from top to bottom down the middle first).

Blueberry Pancakes

You’ll need:

200gr Self-raising Flour

1 Teaspoon Baking Powder

A pinch of Salt

300ml Milk

1 Egg

175gr Blueberries (about 2/3 of what you have in your bag)

1 Tablespoon Butter (melted)

Vegetable Oil

Sieve the Flour, Baking Powder and Salt into a bowl. Separate the Egg and mix the yolk with the Milk and melted Butter. Add this mixture to the Flour and mix well. Whisk the Egg white until it’s stiff then fold it into the Flour and Milk. Finally, fold in the Blueberries. To cook the pancakes (do this as soon as you have the mixing done or the air that you’ve introduced with the Egg white will start to disappear) heat a little oil on the pan over a medium heat. Add a ladle of pancake mix  and cook for about 2-3 minutes before turning. I normally fit about 3 on one of my bigger pans and if I feel really industrious I do the lot on 2 pans in one go. You should get about 6 pancakes from this mix.

Have a great weekend (don’t forget that the Festival of World Culture is on in Dun Laoghaire)


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