Sunday, September 20, 2009

Strawberry Pancakes

Pile of strawberry hotcakes.

There were some strawberries left from breakfast yesterday, so I thought I'd give these pancakes another spin. I did everything the same except I made the batter a little thinner by adding a couple tbsp of soymilk.

Strawberry Pancakes

1 c flour
1 tbsp sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 egg, beaten
1 c + 2 tbs vanilla-flavored soymilk
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 pint strawberries, hulled and mushy parts cut off, then chopped

Stir together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl. Make a well in the center.

Combine the egg, milk and oil.
Add egg mixture to the flour mixture. Stir just until moistened -- it will be lumpy.

For standard-size pancakes, pour about 1/4 cup batter onto a hot, lightly greased griddle or heavy skillet. For dollar-size pancakes, pour about 1 tablespoon batter onto a hot, lightly greased griddle or heavy skillet.

Sprinkle/spoon berries into pancake batter immediately after it's poured into skillet. Cook over medium heat about 2 minutes on each side or till pancakes are golden brown, turning to second sides when pancakes have bubbly surfaces and edges are slightly dry.

Thinning out the batter definitely helped reduce the sticking strawberry problem.

Today I tried a couple of these, buttered and drizzled with some maple syrup. It was like eating candy!!

My nephew was over and we had pancakes for breakfast, per his request, as usual.  As he does when we have spaghetti, Kane helps me make pancakes; his forte is batter prep.  Kane's a great stirrer/mixer.  We had some blueberries; Rodney and I expressed interest in having blueberry pancakes for breakfast.  Kane was confident he didn't like blueberry pancakes and resolutely said so repeatedly. 

I cooked two 'cakes without blueberries specifically for Kane all while he eyed my progress from his stepstool perch.  The remaining pancakes I made were with blueberries.

 I sprinkled blueberries onto the batter immediately after it was poured into the skillet and Kane counted the blueberries in each flapjack before they were flipped.  

Wouldn't you know it, Kane wanted to eat only the blueberry pancakes.  After eating, Kane was so proud of having counted the blueberries in each of the pancakes as well as his blue-toothed grin.

As for those two plain flapjacks, don't worry, they didn't go to waste.  Rodney ate them in addition to his portion of blueberry pancakes.