Blueberry Lemon Bread

30 08 2010

Fresh blueberries at a farm stand near Belleville, Ontario

Local blueberries are at their peak right now in most parts of Canada.  While imported blueberries are usually available at grocery stores year round, local wild berries are a special summer treat.  This moist and flavourful sweet bread is the perfect way to showcase juicy berries.  However, it can be made with frozen blueberries if fresh aren’t available.

Click here to get the recipe from Suite 101.com: Blueberry Lemon Bread

Bon Appétit and Enjoy!

Slices of freshly baked Blueberry Lemon Bread





Pancakes with Blueberry Sauce

3 04 2010

 

A bouquet of tulips is a simple way to dress up your Easter table.

 

This weekend is Easter and it’s a great opportunity to gather with family and friends for a meal.  While many will be enjoying an Easter dinner of ham, potatoes or lamb, I think brunch is a fun meal for entertaining.  Why not make a spring-inspired menu and invite your friends over for a casual morning of mimosas and delicious food?

Fresh locally grown blueberries won’t be available for a couple of months in most areas but frozen ones work perfectly for the sauce.  No need to defrost them – just put them in a pot with a little bit of water and they will cook down in no time.  Of course the pancakes are also great topped with maple syrup as well.  These pancakes are not the thin ‘flap jack’ kind – they puff up and are are quite substantial.

To round out your Easter brunch if you’re feeding a crowd, I suggest some baked ham with Maple-Dijon Glaze, Crustless Asparagus Quiche and Spicy Breakfast Potatoes

Pancakes with Blueberry Sauce

Makes about 8 thick pancakes

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1-1/2 to 2 cups milk, as needed
  • 3 Tablespoons neutral oil, such as canola or safflower OR melted unsalted butter
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • Additional oil for cooking pancakes
  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Stir to combine.
  2. Add egg, 1-1/2 cups milk and 3 Tablespoons oil or melted butter to the dry ingredients. Gently stir until just combined. If the batter is very thick, add a bit more milk (however, it should still be quite thick and not runny).
  3. In a separate glass or stainless steel bowl, combine egg whites and cream of tartar. Using a hand mixer or stand mixer with whisk attachment, beat egg whites until they form stiff white peaks. Fold egg whites into pancake batter until just combined.
  4. In a large skillet on medium-high, heat enough oil to coat the bottom of the pan. Working in batches of 3 or 4, drop large spoonfuls of batter into the skillet. Cook until the bottom of the pancakes are set. Turn over with a spatula and cook until both sides are golden brown and the centre is cooked through (insert a knife in the centre of the pancake to check for doneness). Pancakes can be kept warm in a low oven until all batches are cooked and are ready to serve.
  5. Serve with maple syrup or blueberry sauce (see below).

Blueberry Sauce

Makes about 1-1/2 cups sauce

  • 2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
  • ¼ cup water
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  1. In a large saucepan, combine ingredients. Heat until simmering. Gently mash berries with a potato masher and continue to simmer for about 15 minutes.
  2. Serve sauce with pancakes, waffles or biscuits (it’s also tasty poured over vanilla ice cream!)

This article first appeared on Suite 101.com.

Bon Appétit and Happy Easter!

Thick fluffy pancakes topped with blueberry sauce.





Pancake Tuesday

23 02 2009

Electric Mixer

Tomorrow is Shrove Tuesday, also called Pancake Tuesday in many places (and more commonly known as Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday around the world).  When I was growing up, we would eat pancakes as part of the tradition. If you don’t have time for a pancake breakfast, why not have ‘breakfast for dinner’, with pancakes as the main event?  Pair them with a side of bacon, ham or sausage for a hearty meal.

Click here for a delicious pancake recipe I developed for Suite 101: Pancakes with Blueberry Sauce

These pancakes are a little different than thin ‘flapjack’ style pancakes.  They are quite thick but mixing beaten egg whites into the batter makes their texture fluffy and light.  Serve with blueberry sauce (made with frozen blueberries) or maple syrup.

 

Pancakes with blueberry sauce

Pancakes with blueberry sauce

Bon Appétit and Enjoy!