Blueberry Pancakes from Cooks Illustrated
1 c. buttermilk (or 1 c. milk with juice of 1/2 added)
1 c. all purpose flour
1 tbsp sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tbsp of butter, melted and cooled
Blueberries (about 1 cup)
Additional butter for skillet or griddle
If you are using the milk with lemon juice then whisk them together and set aside in measuring cup to thicken.
Sift the dry ingredients together in a large bowl.
Whisk the egg and melted butter into the buttermilk or milk/lemon mixture.
Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the wet ingredients. Mix gently with a fork until combined. Do not over mix, some lumps should remain.
Heat a skillet or griddle over medium high heat for 3-5 minutes. Add a tbsp of butter and swirl pan to coat. Drop the batter onto the skillet in 1/4 cup fulls. Top each pancake with roughly a tbsp of blueberries (make sure the blueberries have been washed and dried with paper towel, wet berries will mess up the pancakes). Cook for about 2 minutes until big bubbles appear on the surface of the pancake and then flip and cook for 1 minute more.
To keep the pancakes warm while you are cooking them you can keep a large pot of boiling water on the stove. Top the pot with a plate and as you finish cooking the pancakes transfer them to the plate to keep warm.
(This recipe makes about 8 pancakes you can double it to make more)
The dogs love to sample the pancakes and so I decided to try and make a more doggie friendly pancake or flapjack recipe for them. As a food fact side note in the UK flapjacks are a sort of oatmeal cookie thing with treacle and pancakes are griddle cakes like our pancakes, in the US pancakes and flap jacks are used interchangeable to describe the same griddle cakes. Since my pup friendly recipe includes oatmeal I have decided to call them flap jacks.
Blueberry and Zucchini Flapjacks for Hungry Hounds
1 c. flour (whole wheat or all purpose)
1/4 c corn meal
1/4 c. oat bran
1/2 c. quick rolled oats
1 1/2 c. buttermilk or milk (add more if mixture seems to dry)
2 lrg eggs
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 zucchini diced
1 c. blueberries
Stir together the dry ingredients in a large bowl.
Pour the buttermilk and vegetable oil in a large measuring cup or bowl, beat with a fork, and add the eggs and beat in with a fork.
Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the wet ingredients. Stir together with a fork, do not over mix, some lumps will remain. Fold in the zucchini and berries.
Heat a skillet over medium heat and add a tbsp of vegetable oil. When the oil is hot drop the batter in by tablespoons. Cook until large bubbles appear on the surface of the flapjack about two minutes, then flip and cook 1 to 1 1/2 minutes on other side until brown. Cool and feed to hounds.
(Blueberries have a lot of health benefits they are very high in antioxidants, support urinary tract, heart, and eye health, and can help protect brain cells).
The dogs certainly enjoyed the recipe. Bob wolfed his up so quick I barely had time to take a picture. Here are some pictures of them enjoying the treats (I decided to dress them up for the meal just for fun).
|Even Super Pick Norbert was Interested|
|And he gobbled them up!|
|Oooh may I please have some more!|
|Tubby waiting patiently|
|Pug tongue in action-crumbs beware!|
|Tubby's super cute shirt is from 26 Bars and a Band|
|Gimme that pancake!|
|I smells something good|
|Bob wants all his friends to know that despite the fact that his shirt says I Do Bad Things and the evidence that he will take food of the table, as seen in this photo, he is actually very polite about eating and usually sits patiently for treats.|