We don't all agree on the pancake mix of choice: the kids favor plain old Buttermilk; Mountain Man prefers the Buckwheat variety; and me, I go for the Cornmeal pancake mix every time. With fresh blueberries, please.
Please do not feel sorry for us because we live in a frigid, harsh environment. When the temperature dips way below zero, we have bluer-than-blue-can-be skies. Even the kids stop to marvel at the color of the sky, and the silhouette of the frozen branches against it. This often makes us late for school...but let's get back to those pancakes.
Multigrain pancake mix with blueberry compote
The Blueberry Compote is an original recipe that came to me while peering into the freezer, and finding my stash of frozen berries from last summer.
For the Master Mix (enough for 24 four inch pancakes):
- 1 cup whole wheat flour (or whole wheat pastry flour)
- 1 cup all-purpose flour (or try white whole wheat flour)
- 1/2 cup almond meal ( or 1/2 cup buckwheat flour)
- 1/2 cup cornmeal
- 1/2 cup quinoa flakes (or instant oats, such as Quaker 1-Minute Oats)
- 3 Tbsp. sugar
- 4 tsp. baking powder
- 2 tsp. baking soda
- 2 tsp. salt
- 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg (or customize with your own spices)
- In a large bowl, mix all dry ingredients with a whisk.
- Transfer to an airtight container, or a Ziplock bag.
For the pancakes (to make 6 four-inch pancakes):
This recipe makes enough pancakes for 2-3 hungry people. In my family, a double recipe feeds 4 just right.
- 3/4 cup lowfat buttermilk (no buttermilk? see above)
- 1 egg
- 2 tsp. vegetable oil
- 3/4 cup Master Mix
- Whisk together the buttermilk, egg, and vegetable oil until blended.
- Stir in 3/4 cup Master Mix just until blended. Do not overmix.
- Heat nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add a pat of butter.
- Pour 1/4 cup batter into skillet for each pancake.
- Cook until golden brown, a few minutes on each side.
- Serve with warm maple syrup, or blueberry compote (see below).
For the Blueberry Compote:
- 1 cup frozen or fresh blueberries
- 1 cup maple syrup
- Warm syrup and berries in a small saucepan until bubbling.
- Remove for heat, and pour on your pancakes while still warm.