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.
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.
Homemade Pancake Mix + Brown Butter Blueberry Bacon Pancakes
Prep Time: 5-10 minutes
Cook Time: 15-20 minutes
Keywords: breakfast blueberries bacon butter American
Ingredients (mix = 6 cups / pancakes = varies)
- 6 c. all-purpose flour
- 1½ tsp. baking soda
- 3 tsp. baking powder
- 1 Tbs. kosher salt
- 2 Tbs. granulated sugar
- 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
- butter, as needed for greasing the pan
- 2 c. fresh blueberries, optional
- ~1 lb. bacon, cooked & broken into halves or thirds
InstructionsMaking 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.
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.
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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.