Monday, January 6, 2014

Blackberry Pancakes


Is there anything better than pancakes for breakfast?  Ok.  Maybe biscuits and gravy.   I honestly don't know anyone that doesn't like pancakes.  Go ahead.  Prove me wrong.

One way, and probably the biggest way,  that I save money on food is by shopping the weekly ads.  I plan my menu around the sale items.  That's just one way to survive when you're a single chick food blogger.  Anyway, my primary shopping joint constantly has unadvertised specials.  I walked in last Saturday and blackberries were 2/$1.  I had to rub my eyes a couple of times to make sure I was reading the sign right.  Shoppers were walking away with flats of these things.  

Once I got them home I decided to search recipes for blackberries.  I found a savory dip which I made for New Years.  I don't know what I was expecting, but disappointment was what I ended up with.  I'll find a way to salvage it.  One thing I did know was that pancakes would definitely be a use for some of the blackberries.

I think everyone has a "go-to" recipe for pancakes.  I have a couple.  Some with ricotta, some with bananas but my basic recipe came from good old Martha, er Ms. Stewart.  One day I would like to bake with her.  Of course I'd also like to cook with Ina and Marcella.  Did anyone watch the premiere of "The Kitchen" on Food Network?  I very much enjoyed it.  Wait.  Pancakes.  

Ok.  I've taken a long enough break from Netflixing.  Enjoy these pancakes on a weekend morning or they are the perfect treat for a snow day.  Did I mention that it's -1 degree as I write this post?  I'm not used to this….AT ALL.  And it can stop now.  

Blackberry Pancakes                                                             Printer Friendly

Ingredients

6 ounces blackberries, roughly chopped
1 1/3 cups flour
3 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
2 tablespoons butter, melted plus additional for griddle or skillet
1 large egg, beaten
1/2 lemon, juiced

In a small bowl,  macerate the berries with 1 tablespoon sugar and the juice of half a lemon.  Mix well and set aside.

In a medium bowl mix the milk, melted butter (cooled) and egg.  Next add 2 tablespoons of sugar, baking powder, salt and finally flour.  Gently mix until just combined.  Fold in the berries and juice.  Cook over medium heat, flipping after the sides start to bubble.  

Enjoy!

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