Brighten up your blueberry pancakes
I can’t think of anything that would put a more of a spring in my step than these blueberry pancakes. Dull and dense, they are not. These fluffy little buttermilk silver dollars are full of life with fresh blueberries that burst in your mouth when you bite into them and bleed into beautiful purple pancake puddles. Not only that, but the tartness of those blueberries is perfectly complemented by the added depth of tangy lemon and spicy ginger.
Buttermilk for the win
As a kid, nothing was more of a bummer than pancakes for breakfast. Tasteless flabby and dense little discs on my plate The only way to make them edible was to drown them in butter and syrup. As I got older and became more interested in cooking, I started to revisit my stance on pancakes. Could they be improved and in what ways? The answer to this is relatively simple-always go with a buttermilk pancake batter. The buttermilk not only provides a little tang to the pancake but also chemically reacts to the baking soda and baking powder resulting in fluffy little creations on your plate.
Why stop with blueberries?
Growing up, I loved blueberry pancakes. My grandmother grew blueberry bushes in her garden when she tasked us to pick for her. Our reward for our hard work was making pancakes with handfuls of blueberries thrown into them. That addition alone was something that made pancakes palatable for me. Which got me thinking, what else could you add to pancake batter that instantly improves it so greatly? For me, that was lemon zest and grated ginger. The ginger spices it up and the lemon zest complements the flavor of the blueberries.
For someone who is not big on the sweet and definitely not a pancake fan, I must admit that just a bite of these blueberry buttermilk pancakes makes my day a little sunnier and my morning a lot more delicious. Drizzle with a little honey and top with a pat of butter then wake up from your sleepy haze to elevated homemade blueberry pancakes that will be devoured before you can make a second batch more. Better brew some more coffee…