6 Recipes for Summer Blueberries
I remember picking blueberries in the northern tip of New Jersey every June and July. My good friend and I had blue stained fingers and tongues by the time we were done! While I don’t do much blueberry picking now, I still love the taste of these wonderful berries when in season. Try these Blueberry Pancakes-fabulous off the griddle and easy to freeze if you make a big batch.
Look for links to other blueberry recipes—Watermelon Bowl filled with fruit salad, 2 blueberry muffin recipes, a coffee cake and 4th of July Short Cake. The pancakes, muffins and coffee cake can be made and frozen—using up these great blueberries and having them all ready for summer picnics and bbq’s. If friends or family drop over, you are all set—so great looking organized!
Recipe and links below.
Servings: 4-5 persons or about 14 pancakes
1 cup flour
½ cup whole wheat flour or white whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
¼ cup sugar (2 tablespoons stevia)
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup milk of choice
3 tablespoons melted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen
3-4 tablespoons of butter or vegetable oil
Mix dry ingredients together in a bowl.
Mix eggs, milk of choice, butter or oil and vanilla. Make well in center of flour mixture. Add mix mixture and gently mix, but don’t over mix.
Fold in blueberries.
Heat skillet or griddle. Add a tablespoon of butter or oil at a time.
Drop batter by heaping tablespoons onto hot surface. Bubbles will appear on surface when bottom is done. Carefully flip pancake over. Cook until bottom is golden. Place on paper towels to drain. Serve immediately.
To freeze: Cook only until slightly golden. Cool and wrap in between parchment paper, waxed paper or saranwrap in a container suitable for freezer. May freeze for up to 3 months. Best way to heat up is on a tray in an oven or toaster oven. May microwave as well. Be careful not to overheat as the pancakes get rubbery
Vegan: Use a non-dairy margarine or vegetable oil and a plant or nut based milk, such as almond milk.
Other Fruits: Use strawberries, chopped fresh apples, peaches, pears, plums in place of blueberries. If you use frozen fruit, drain thoroughly.
5 Other Blueberry Recipes
In one of my favorite scenes from The Surgeon, a Civil War novel, Dr. Abbey Kaplan confronts a disapproving male doctor. Not only won't Dr. Connolly work with her, he doesn’t allow her into the male wards, even though male doctors are allowed into female wards. When Dr. Kaplan complains about this unequal treatment, he responds, “How dare you talk to be like that! You have no business being here in the first place. The very idea of a female doctor is abhorrent.”
He then slaps her across the face.
Abbey, 6’ tall and well trained by her father and brothers in self-defense, slams her right and left fist into the doctor, then she throws him out of the surgical tent. Dr. Connolly never reports the incident. He couldn’t admit striking a woman nor that he was beaten up by her. He requests a transfer and Abbey is on the road to respect from her colleagues. What a great scene!