Sourdough Blueberry Pancakes

July 12, 2004

I like blueberries. I like sourdough. I like real maple syrup.

Sunday we had wonderfulness on a plate.

We had bought wonderful fresh berries the day before - there is something to be said for living in the Garden State - and I had reserved a pint from the jam parade to eat in pancakes.

My sourdough pancake recipe (below the fold) makes a pancake that, when properly cooked, is smooth, creamy, and a little bit tart.

They really are quite good - creamy pancakes, bright sharp bursts of berry, and the sweet melding embrace of the syrup around it all. The tartness from the sourdough combines with the bright sour of the berries and they sweet of the syrup to produce something halfway between fireworks and an orgasm on the taste buds.

Of course, when I undercook a pancake or flip it too soon, it becomes thick and gluey, but even those were still pretty darn good.

Blueberry pancakes is one of the signs of summer for me. I guess summer really is here.

I wonder if the farm market will have more wonderful blueberries next week? If so, we might just do it again.

But, we won't go through another flat of berries - the todder has the runs from too many berries and that is not so good, even if he did like the pancakes, and the muffins, and the jam, and the fresh berries.

Maybe blueberry pie next week. I make a very good blueberry pie ...

Sourdough Pancakes
Modified from the Waffle recipe at King Arthur Flour

The Sponge
1 cup All-Purpose Flour
1 cup other flour or flours (1/2 cup buckwheat, 1/2 cup cake flour is very good indeed.)
2 tablespoons sugar (unbleached or white)
4 tablespoons buttermilk powder
1/2 cup yoghurt
2 cups milk
1 cup sourdough starter

The Batter
all of the sponge (above)
2 eggs
1/4 cup vegetable oil (or melted butter if you feel like throwing caution to the winds)
1/2 to 1 teaspoon salt (to taste)
1 teaspoon baking soda

The Good Stuff
1 pint fresh blueberries, washed and stemmed

Making the Sponge: This first step is best done the night before you want to serve the pancakes. First, remove your starter from the refrigerator, stir it together with a spoon or whisk and pour out a cup. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flours, buttermilk powder and sugar. Pour in the milk, the yoghurt, and the sourdough starter. Stir this mixture until just combined. Cover loosely and let this sit on your counter until the next morning.

Either over night or the next morning, feed the starter and let it rise. Put it back in the 'fridge.

Creating the Batter: Next morning, complete the batter while you preheat your skillet.

Wash the berries, remove any remaining stems, discard any soft, overripe or otherwise bad berries.

In a small mixing bowl, beat together the eggs, oil or butter, salt and baking soda. Let the children (of any age) blend this into the sponge you made the night before. (Watch what happens; it's neat.) Dampen a couple of non-stick pans with light oil (I use walnut oil), and fry.

Spoon the dough into the pan for pancakes the size you like (we make 3 in a pan), then sprinkle 3 to 5 berries onto each pancake. Fry. Try not to turn them too often.

Serve with real maple syrup, preferably grade B dark.

Posted by Red Ted at July 12, 2004 05:32 AM | TrackBack

I wonder if anybody ever makes any of these things you blog the recipes for? I would love to, if I wasn't dieting.

Posted by: Me at July 12, 2004 06:28 PM

If nothing else, it makes it easier for me to go searching for my recipes.

Besides, I felt the need to share some food porn.

They really were good pancakes, and I was remembering them fondly afterwards very like the way one remembers good sex.

Posted by: Ted K at July 13, 2004 08:58 AM

That reminds me of the most fabulous essay I read on Pancakes. I am furiously googling for "Vincent RPG Pancakes Beer" ... which you would be surprised how many hits that generates. I'm coming up empty handed. I'll keep looking.

Posted by: Me. at July 13, 2004 03:11 PM


Posted by: Me. at July 13, 2004 03:54 PM

I'd love to see more about the care and feeding of sourdough starter

Posted by: Ted at July 14, 2004 07:44 PM

I'll send this link to Vincent. Maybe he will be inspired by your common love of Pancakes, and write something on the subject. He is thoughtful and eloquent, and has a good sense of humor. He's also a parent and a gamer -- you may want to keep an eye on his Blog, and see if it interests you.

Also, after I sent him my own Food Pr0n recipe, the guy made my stroganoff, and loved it. So how bad could he be, really?

Posted by: Me. at July 16, 2004 11:24 AM

I don't think I have ever made his beer pancakes, but I have made 2-egg pancakes with separated eggs and they were quite good. The separated egg cakes, like waffle batter, make a very good light fluffy pancake.

These days I only cook with alcohol in things that will be cooked enough to dump most of the booze into the air - otherwise I get a headache after a couple of bites and that is not such a good thing.

Posted by: Ted K at July 16, 2004 04:45 PM
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