June 4, 2011
Beautilicious Blueberry Souffle Pancakes with Blueberry Compote
Blues and purples are my favourite colour tones. So soothing, calm and pretty.
My house is painted blue, my kitchen is blue, and all the flowers in my garden are the same, except for the odd splash of red for whimsy.
The reason for my blueberry recipe today started when I found this syrup at the supermarket. I know it's not 'real' maple syrup, but it intrigued me and deserved to be bought for that fact alone. It tastes pretty good actually, a hint of maple syrup with a big hit of blueberriness as well.
Now when I think of syrup, my mind automatically goes straight into pancake mode (is that just me?) and whilst crepes are all very well in their place, I wanted some nice fluffy babies to soak up all the purple juices. Thus the Souffle Pancakes. So fluffy and so easy, and more importantly- so impressive. Serve these at your next brunch for extra kudos.
Do you remember my post on using the rice cooker to make rice pudding? Well in the spirit of multi tasking kitchen utensils, I used my sandwich press to cook these pancakes. It actually has a lovely even heat that doesn't get too hot. As these little babies are quite thick, it can be a bit of a shuffle to cook them all the way through without over browning(aka burning) their little behinds. The press -we call ours the Squishie Machine, is actually what I've taught littlej to cook on, just leaving the top up of course! There are no flames, it maintains a steady heat, it has a handy rim for spills, and it can cook most things that don't need a good sear. She has mastered bacon, eggs, french toast, pancakes, omelette's, and heaps of yummy things, oh and can make a mean squishy sandwich too. If you don't happen to have one of these great machines, just use a good old fry pan on a low to medium heat.
2 cups gluten free flour
2/3 cup lactose free milk- I used Zymil
2 eggs separated
2 tablespoons of sugar
Blueberries- I used frozen
A splash of vanilla, or some lemon zest for zing
Beat the eggwhites until stiff peaks. I always do this first thing, this way I don't have to wash the beaters twice!
Mix the egg yolks, milk and sugar together, then add in the flour. You could sift it for extra lift, but why bother?
Toss in the blueberries and a spoonful of the whites and stir through to lighten the mix.
Carefully fold in the rest of the eggwhites. I like to lift and fold the mix with my right hand while turning the bowl with my left hand. Make sure you mix well without knocking the extra air out the mixture.
Spoon small amounts onto your pre heated squishy machine or pan. These won't develop bubbles like a traditional pancake, but they will get nice and firm and brown on the bottom to let you know when to flip them. Once you can poke the little pancakes in the middle and it feels firm, not mushy, they are probably ready. This also gives you, the cook, a great excuse to try at least one for 'quality control' before sharing with anyone else. What? It's a legitimate reason!
I had a little inspiration while making these. If one lot of blueberries would be good in pancakes, two lots with the syrup would be better... so how about three lots? I had to think fast as the cakeys were already cooking, so I thought of Blueberry Compote. Even easier, and ready in a flash too.
Handful of blueberries
Couple of spoonfuls of sugar
Mix the berries and sugar in a microwave proof dish.
Cook on high for 3 minutes.
How easy is that guys? My microwave is pretty powerful, so yours might take an extra minute or so, but so quick that it's ready before the pancakes.
This is really,really hot and jammy, so let it cool for a minute before digging in. There is nothing worse than searing off your taste buds for a week by being impatient. I learnt that lesson the hard way -and still have trouble remembering sometimes!
Serve your Beautilicious Blueberry Souffle Pancakes with a dusting of icing sugar, a spoonful or two of Blueberry Compote and a good drizzle of Blueberry Syrup.
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