Friday, January 28, 2011

Blueberrry Pancakes

According to the broad definition of an herb, Blueberry is an herb.  That is of course if you use the definition of any plant where the leaves, stems, roots or fruits have edible, medicinal or aromatic uses.
I don’t always use quite that broad a definition, but since January 28th is National Blueberry Pancake Day, I thought what the heck.  Besides my husband is an amazing chef and his blueberry pancakes are to die for.  So In honor of the day, here is his herbal blueberry pancake recipe.
Herbal Blueberry Pancakes
(As an added bonus according to Annishinabe tradition, this should treat madness!)

2 Cups all purpose flour
2 Tbls. sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1 ½ tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. salt
1 – 2 cups fresh blueberries
1 3/4 cups milk
1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
2 Tbls. lemon herb butter
3 Tbls. fennel infused herb oil (separated)
1 whole egg, slightly beaten

Start with a medium size bowl, sift together, flour, sugar, baking soda and baking powder.  Combine with milk, butter, egg, 2 Tbls. fennel oil and vanilla extract. Do not over mix the pancakes or they will become heavy.  Add the washed blueberries, stir.

Heat a frying pan over medium-high heat, brush with herb oil.  When oil is hot, pour about ¼ cup of batter for each pancake onto hot skillet.  Brown on one side, when bubbles appear it is time to flip.  Then brown other side. Serve with warm blueberry or maple syrup.

To make fennel infused oil, just take 3 Tbls. Oil and heat in the microwave for 2 minutes.  Then pour the warm oil over ¼ tsp. bruised fennel seeds and let sit for 15 minutes.  Strain and use the oil.
To make lemon butter, you can use lemon balm, lemon basil, lemon thyme, lemon verbena or a combination of those herbs.  Blend 2 tsp.dry herbs with 1 tsp. Lemon juice.  Let sit for a minute, then blend into 1 stick of softened butter.  Allow to meld a bit before using.  (Can be made in advance and frozen.)
If you want to make pancakes the easy way, the Backyard Patch has a pancake mix you can use instead.  Check it out online:  

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