The fact that today was Mother's Day and I wasn't able to spend it with my mom, had me thinking of some of her favorite foods. Instantly, pancakes were on the brain. One thing you need to know about my mother though, is that she is a very picky eater. I give her a hard time about it, but then I remember that I used to be just like that. I shudder at the very thought of never trying new things when I was younger. Mom, if you're reading this (which I know you are because you are continuously supportive of everything I do), then I dedicate the *idea* of pancakes to you, though maybe not the flavors ;). Although come to think of it, she does like blueberries.... I am hoping that after she reads the following (very corny, yet very loving) acrostic, she will put her picky-ness aside and try these pancakes! Acrostics have always reminded me of Mother's Day, so I figured I'd give it a shot.
Bear with me guys... I haven't written one of these since probably the 2nd grade!
P ositively beautiful, in every sense of the word
A lways putting others before herself
N ever, ever gives up
C ooks my favorite ziti & meat sauce, which I miss sometimes
A shley, her daughter, is pretty great ;)
K racks me up!! (Ok I cheated, but Ma you really are a character!)
E njoys being home in her pj's, relaxing with her babies (the dogs) more than anything else
S teven, her son, is a little less cool than Ashley, but still pretty awesome ;P
Okay, well there's my attempt at getting creative with letter-to-sentence associations! In all seriousness though, I really would like to express just how grateful I am for having such a fun-loving, caring, & supportive mother. She is my best friend, and without her I truly wouldn't be who I am today. I love you so much, Ma!
easy lemon blueberry pancakes:
- 1 2/3 cup of whole wheat pastry flour
- 1/4 teaspoon of kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
- 1 teaspoon of baking soda
- 1 tablespoon of Sucanat, or brown sugar
- 3/4 cup of milk + 1 1/2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice
- the zest of 2 lemons
- 1 cup of blueberries, ~ a 6 oz container, rinsed
In a medium mixing bowl, add flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, & brown sugar. Mix together well. In a measuring cup, add milk and lemon juice. Let sit for a few minutes. This will mimick buttermilk, but will also add a lemon flavor to the pancakes.
Add the milk+lemon juice to the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Add lemon zest, mix until just combined. Stir in blueberries or sprinkle them over pancakes as soon as batter is poured onto the pan.
Spray the griddle or pan with non-stick cooking spray and turn on medium heat. Once griddle/pan is hot, add ~1/4 cup of batter for each pancake. If you want to make bigger pancakes, use a bigger measuring cup to scoop out batter. This will result in less pancakes, though, unless you double the recipe.
Serve with your favorite syrup and enjoy!
You may recall the whole grain & almond pancakes I posted a few weeks ago with homemade banana syrup. Since I had leftover syrup from those, I decided to use it today. It does have a strong banana flavor, so it kind of over-powered the lemon in these pancakes. I may simply drizzle these with raw honey next time instead. Don't get me wrong though.... that banana syrup is so delicious and was thoroughly enjoyed :)
I hope everyone had a nice Mother's Day!