Monday, January 28, 2013

Brown Butter-Blueberry-Bacon Pancakes + Homemade Instant Pancake Mix {National Blueberry Pancake Day}

I know.  Really, I do.  You're shaking your head and murmuring about how there is no such thing as a national day celebrating blueberry pancakes.  But I'm just throwing back a shrug and a half-grin and saying gently how there actually is a national day celebrating blueberry pancakes.  And that today is that day.

Now, you could probably type "national" and "day" and any date into a search box and come up with a random food holiday.  As a matter of fact, I'm sure of it.  Because I've tried it.  But I like pulling out something fun to celebrate made-up holidays.  It makes me happy.
You know what else makes me happy?  Breakfast.  At any hour of the day.  And some hours of the night.  Also, pancakes.  Pancakes make me happy.  Especially when they are studded with fat, juicy blueberries.  And just for fun, I decided I was going to go a bit "nutty" {wink wink.  nutty.  brown butter.} and brown my butter before mixing in.  And to document my true insanity genius, I went ahead and put my bacon slices right into my pancakes, as well.  I mean, who needs that pesky task of lifting a side of meat to your mouth separately?  This way...pancake - blueberry - bacon -maple syrup...all stabbed and lifted in one sweeping motion to my hungry mouth.

Wash it down with coffee and I've kicked off National Blueberry Pancake Day in style.  Hmmmm, I'm thinking that I should have figured out a way to get my coffee into the pancake, too.  
Maybe next time.

Homemade Pancake Mix + Brown Butter Blueberry Bacon Pancakes

by Heather Schmitt-González
Prep Time: 5-10 minutes
Cook Time: 15-20 minutes
Keywords: breakfast blueberries bacon butter American

Ingredients (mix = 6 cups / pancakes = varies)
    Homemade "Instant" Pancake Mix (yield: ~6 c.):
    • 6 c. all-purpose flour
    • 1½ tsp. baking soda
    • 3 tsp. baking powder
    • 1 Tbs. kosher salt
    • 2 Tbs. granulated sugar
    Pancakes (yield: 12):
    • 2 eggs
    • 2 c. buttermilk
    • 2 oz. (4 Tbs. / ½ stick) melted butter (brown butter for this recipe), cooled slightly
    • 2 c. Homemade "Instant" Pancake Mix
    extras:
    • butter, as needed for greasing the pan
    • 2 c. fresh blueberries, optional
    • ~1 lb. bacon, cooked & broken into halves or thirds
    Instructions
    Making the Homemade "Instant" Pancake Mix:
    Combine all of the ingredients in a lidded container or a thick, gallon-size ziploc baggie. Shake or whisk to mix. Store in a cool, dry place for up to 3 months.

    Making the Pancakes:
    Set a griddle or cast-iron skillet over a medium flame. Turn oven on to the "warm" (or lowest) setting, if you wish, to keep pancakes warm.

    In a large, glass measuring cup (~4 cup capacity), whisk together the eggs, buttermilk, and slightly cooled and melted butter (or brown butter), until thoroughly combined.

    Measure the pancake mix into a large bowl and pour the wet mixture over, whisking until just combined; it will be slightly lumpy.

    Lightly butter or grease your hot skillet (or, if it's a well-seasoned cast-iron skillet, don't worry about it). Ladle batter (~¼ cup per pancake) onto the pan/griddle and immediately plop a small handful of berries and a couple of bacon pieces onto it. Once the batter bubbles up and begins to pop and the edges start to look dry, flip and continue to cook another minute or two until the pancake is set.

    Serve immediately or remove to a towel-lined baking sheet (cover with another towel) set in the warm oven until all of your pancakes are made.
    notes:
    To make Brown Butter Blueberry Pancakes, melt the butter gently in a small pan on the stove until the milk solids begin to turn light brown and smell insanely and deliciously nutty. Remove from heat. Use brown butter in place of regular melted butter. Use blueberries in recipe.

    You could also add strips of cooked bacon (whole or crumbled) to the pancake batter - either stirred in or sprinkled/set on once ladled on to griddle. Yum. Also, try substituting other berries or cut up fruit for the blueberries. Cooked, crumbled breakfast sausage and shredded cheddar cheese is another great combo.

    inspired by and adapted from Alton Brown
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    In the interest of full disclosure, I did not type anything into any search boxes to find a foodie holiday that coincided with today's date - the fine people at Driscoll's Berries told me about it and asked me if I'd be interested in celebrating.  Pssshhhh...me...celebrate a foodie holiday?  I also received a full-value coupon redeemable for Driscoll's Berries. All opinions stated in this post are my own.