Saturday, July 11, 2009

Fluffy Blueberry Pancakes

Annoyingly, I’ve been battling lactose intolerance this past month. When this happens I tend to head to my food bible, The Joy of Cooking. I don’t have to worry about the recipes not working, because I know they all do. Then, when I need to adapt a recipe I know my changes are the only part that might fail. This time though I was quite surprised. These simple blueberry pancakes were better without the dairy. They were light and fluffy, and even reheated well!

I tend to be very heavy handed with dairy products. It’s not a meal unless it’s loaded with cheese, milk, and/or butter. I think for the long haul I should probably cook with more alternative milks like almond or coconut. It’s probably better for me than just living off of one food group anyway.

I still worship cheese.

Wisk together in a large bowl:
1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
3 Tablespoons sugar
1 ¾ Tablespoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
A dash of fresh grated nutmeg

Combine in another bowl:
1 ½ cups unsweetened Almond Breeze (almond milk) or milk
3 Tablespoons vegan butter or butter, melted
2 eggs
½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Other ingredients:
Light colored olive oil
About 1 ½ cups frozen wild blueberries

1. Mix the liquid ingredients together quickly into the dry ingredients being careful not to over mix. Let the batter rest for 10 minutes.

2. Meanwhile preheat a griddle to 360 degrees, or wait and cook in a nonstick skillet over just slightly more than medium heat.

3. Brush the griddle or skillet lightly with oil in the spots where pancake batter will be. Pour ¼ cup of batter on top of the oil. When the pancakes start to bubble up sprinkle the tops with a small handful of berries each. Flip the pancakes over when the bottom looks done. Continue to cook until browned and the batter is cooked through.

4. Serve with warm maple syrup.

Notes: Almond Breeze is usually found by the shelf stable soy milk.

Recipe adapted from "The Joy of Cooking". Picture by Laura Flowers.


Sherri Murphy said...

I'm just getting ready to make BLUEBERRY PANCAKES for our breakfast here! I wish I had seen this earlier- I would have loved to try the ALmond breeze.

*I'm also a cheese worshipper. And butter and I have had an ongoing heated affair for years!
I'm ashamed. Sort of.

Stacy Hoover said...

Okay seriously, these are going to be breakfast here this morning!!!! Thanks for sharing yet another amazing, mouth watering picture and fabulous recipe!

Heather said...

I must confess that I too LOVE cheese and dairy products in general!
These look so good!

Elizabeth said...

WOW - those are fluffy! Nice Job!

Heather S-G said...

mmmm...I'll take a bit plate of these! And I ADORE my cheese...I don't know what I would do were I ever to develop an intolerance to lactose. Cry. Yup.

Mary Bergfeld said...

I'd love a short stack of these pancakes. They look delicious.

Rhonda said...

This sounds so good. I'm making them tomorrow morning. I'm also going to add a few pecans to the recipe. (Hope you don't mind?) I think that they would taste good in them.
Thanks for posting them!

The Cooking Photographer said...

Pecans are a great idea Rhonda! I will try that next time too. Thank-you!

La Table De Nana said...

They are magnificently fluffy~ ! I would love someone to make me pancakes:) that's bliss.

Jackie at said...

Nice and fluffly. I love the way you stacked them for the photo. Beautiful!

Patricia @ ButterYum said...

Haha... I'm glad you still worship cheese. These look wonderful!

Amalia said...

Delcious !

Jennifer said...

Great pancakes! I use a lot of almond milk at home too!

Sherri Murphy said...

Laura- On Thursday I'm posting my 3 Ingredient blueberry pancake recipe- Would you allow me to link to this post for those who would like to make the "real deal" as an option to my cheater version?
Please let me know.

The Cooking Photographer said...

Hi Sherri,

Of course you can link/or use it to compare for your cheater version! You don't even need to ask, you're always welcome too do things like this.


Sherri Murphy said...

Thanks Laura.

Esi said...

I just bought a huge pack of blueberries at the farmers market today. These sound great, hope your lactose intolerance doesn't bother you too much.

Fallon said...

MM!! I haven't had pancakes in forever. I like how you substituted almond milk. I love almond milk because I also am sensitive to dairy! I will have to bookmark those pancakes for a special occasion.

kittyninja2000 said...

Have you tried Lactose fighting pills?
Or low to no lactose cheese and milk?
can sign up to have it shipped monthly cheap!

The Cooking Photographer said...

Thank-you! I am taking lactaid and probiotics now but will go check that out.

The Cooking Photographer said...

I just tried lactose free milk today. I'm crossing my fingers! I didn't realize they had lactose free cheese. I will look for that today too.

Thank-you so much!

Alisa - Frugal Foodie said...

Yum, I am all about pancakes lately! Almond breeze is the best too!

The Cooking Photographer said...

It is! I really like it too.

Christelle said...

Sounds delicious to me, have you tried soya milk? i find it gives a nice sweet taste too :)
In france we make pancakes with beer - it dos not taste of bear, but makes the pancakes very light and fluffy too, no lactose, and alcohool free as it evaporates anyway...

Pink Little Cake said...

Lactose free cheese?, I didn't know that existed, it is great to know for the future. Pan cakes look yummy. Question...Laura. I have a ton of sour cream I bought for a cake I was going to make, but then I changed my mind and didn't use it. Any ideas how I can use it?

kittyninja2000 said...

most cheddar is lactose free Cabot is labeled that way as well as many Kraft products.
Shredded mozzarella from Kraft is too- same old cheese btw.
Def google it before you go to the store, many lactose free forums online.

EMC said...

I understand the lactose intolerance. I have to go vegan style every once in awhile because of various food ailments. Your pancakes look fantastic, and I'm wondering--where did you get your blueberries? I got some great (no. FANTASTIC!!) blueberries at the Farmer's Market this past week. Do you frequent? If you do, the folks nearest the hotel side of the market but nearest the one-way street (to the right of the stand that sells starter plants) sells awesome blueberries that have played center stage in everything I've made all week.

Unless you grow those blueberries yourself. If you do, well done!!

The Cooking Photographer said...

Thank-you so much Kickassninja! Now I know why that is your name!

That was a big help.

The Cooking Photographer said...

Hi Kathia,

There is sour cream orange loaf cake here, but if you want something savory you can make a homey beef stroganoff, or a sweet fruit dip with powdered sugar, sour cream & pureed fruit.

What about putting it in smoothies? Or make mashed potatoes and use sour cream instead of milk? Or how about a sour cream based fruit salad?

Let me know how tomorrow goes please.


The Cooking Photographer said...

EMC I keep missing the market! I've been out of town almost every weekend.

Thanks for the heads up, I'll be there next weekend!

My blueberries came from safeway frozen lol.

Dana Fallentine said...

Oh my, my mouth is watering! Yummy, yummy!

Designs on 47th Street said...

Oh my goodness! Another fabulous blog to follow. I just found you and it was love with the two words ~~pancakes ~~blueberries!


Winnie said...

I use plain club soda in my pancakes. It makes them pretty light and fluffy too.

The Cooking Photographer said...

Winnie that's a great idea. Thank-you.


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