Mardi Gras Pancake Day Celebrations
Today is Mardi Gras, Pancake Day, Fat Tuesday, whatever you want to call it. It is a time for celebration, merriment, and of course food.
In honour of today I have searched far and wide for some simple, easy, and delicious pancake recipes. And of course the theme for these recipes is…
Recipe 1: Easy Mini Blueberry Pancakes
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Total Time: 20 Minutes
¾ cup milk
1 cup flour
1 Tbsp sugar
2 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
1 cup blueberries
1. Beat the egg in a large bowl and then add the milk and beat again.
2. Add the dry ingredients, and beat until smooth. Add blueberries to batter and stir.
3. Heat a lightly buttered, medium-sized frying pan on medium-high heat. Scoop about 1 Tbsp of batter at a time onto the griddle to make mini pancakes, and brown on both sides.
4. Pile them into small stacks or just serve as bites. Keep them in a heated oven until all pancakes have been made, and serve hot with maple syrup and/or butter.
Recipe 2: Cake Mix Blueberry Pancakes
Prep Time: 5 Minutes
Total Time: 72 Minutes
2 (8-oz) bags frozen blueberries (about 4 cups)
1 Tbsp maple syrup, plus more for serving
1 box yellow cake mix for 2 (9-inch) rounds
1 cup sour cream
2 large eggs
Confectioners' sugar, for dusting
Butter, softened, for serving
1. Preheat the oven to 200ºF (for keeping the pancakes warm). Grate 3/4 teaspoon lemon zest and then squeeze 1 tablespoon of juice; reserve separately. Put one bag of the blueberries, the maple syrup, lemon juice and 1/4 teaspoon of the lemon zest into a small (8-inch) skillet with 1/3 cup water. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, stirring occasionally, and continue to simmer until the mixture is syrupy and thickened, 6 to 8 minutes. Remove the blueberry sauce from the heat and set aside. (You should have about 3/4 cup.)
2. Meanwhile, whisk the cake mix, sour cream, eggs, the remaining 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest and 1 cup water in a large bowl until smooth and thick.
3. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat; lightly coat with cooking spray. Drop the batter by 1/4-cupfuls into the skillet, leaving 1 inch between each. Cook until bubbles rise to the top of the pancakes and they are set around the edges and lightly browned on the bottom, 5 to 7 minutes. Add about 5 blueberries to the top of each pancake and then carefully flip (the tops of the pancakes will still be a little soft). Continue to cook until lightly browned and cooked through, 5 minutes more. Transfer to a baking sheet and keep warm in the oven. Repeat with the remaining batter.
4. Top the pancakes with the blueberry sauce and a dusting of confectioners' sugar. Serve with butter and maple syrup on the side.
Recipe 3: Blueberry Pancake Bites
Prep Time: 30 Minutes
Total Time: 45 Minutes
Nonstick cooking spray
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 Tbsp granulated pure cane sugar
1 tsp baking powder
Pinch fine sea salt
3 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted and cooled
½ tsp pure vanilla extract
1 large egg
½ cup milk, plus 1 to 2 teaspoons
Grated lemon or orange zest
½ cup fresh blueberries
1 cup confectioners' sugar
½ cup maple syrup, warmed optional
1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Spray a doughnut hole pan liberally with nonstick spray.
2. Whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl. In a second bowl, whisk the butter, vanilla and egg until smooth; then whisk in the 1/2 cup milk and the lemon zest until combined. Add the wet ingredients to the dry, and mix until a batter just comes together. Cover and let sit at room temperature for 15 minutes.
3. Fill the molds of the prepared doughnut hole pan two-thirds of the way with batter, then press a few blueberries into each. Bake until lightly golden brown, about 10 minutes. Flip and bake another 3 to 4 minutes.
4. Mix together 1/2 cup of the confectioners' sugar and the remaining 1 to 2 teaspoons milk to make a glaze. Toss some of the pancake bites in the remaining confectioners' sugar.
5. Serve drizzled with the glaze, or serve with warm maple syrup for dipping.
There you have it, three wonderful blueberry pancake recipes that would make Percy Jackson very happy. I have not tried any of these recipes, so if you attempt them we would love to know how they go.