Cakey Buttermilk Pancakes

Buttermilk gives these a bit of zing, while blueberry syrup lends sweetness.

  • Preparation Time3 mins
  • Cooking Time5 mins
  • DifficultyEasy
160g plain flour
300ml well-shaken buttermilk
100g melted unsalted butter plus 2 tbsp for cooking
2 large eggs
2 tbsps caster sugar
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
Blueberry maple syrup, recipe follows

For the blueberry maple syrup

1 cup maple syrup
700g blueberries
1) In a medium bowl, whisk together all ingredients except 2 tablespoons of butter until evenly combined and moistened thoroughly (some small lumps will remain).

2) Set mixture aside to rest while griddle heats or cover and store in the refrigerator to rest up to 12 hours before using. (If batter rests, stir briefly before using.)

3) Heat a large seasoned cast iron skillet, frying pan, or griddle over medium heat. To check that the pan's properly heated, sprinkle a few drops of water on pan or griddle and water will dance around before evaporating.

4) Melt 1 tbsp butter in pan. When it foams, ladle 60ml batter for each pancake and cook until bubbles cover the top, about 3 minutes. Flip and cook until golden brown, another 1 minute. Repeat with remaining batter. Serve immediately topped with blueberry maple syrup.

For the blueberry maple syrup:

1) Combine 350g berries and syrup in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook until berries are slightly softened, about 2 minutes.

2) Mash the berries using the back of a spoon. Simmer until mixture foams up a bit, about 1 to 2 minutes more.

3) Remove from heat, strain to remove blueberry solids, stir in remaining 350g berries, and use to top pancakes, waffles, or French toast.

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