Worth the time
With or without the blueberries, this recipe is worth the few minutes of time it takes to make them from scratch.
These pancakes are what the most joyful Saturday and Sunday mornings smell like in my house.
I thought it would be nice to have my first post be my favorite recipe that I make for my family. I spent two years trying different variations of these pancakes. They are definitely extra-special; tall and fluffy, rich with butter and vanilla. The edges get just a little bit crispy and the blueberries stay whole until you burst them with your fork. Edward and Elsa have both asked for these on their birthdays, but I didn't commit to a final recipe until Tim told me these were the best, one morning on his birthday.
It may seem strange to spend two years working on one recipe, but I think it has been time well spent. And I've had to spend a lot of time lately considering, and very deeply, just what my time and energy are worth. I have been living with Chronic Daily Migraine and persistent mental health issues since I was 17. I have been living my life like my disease was something I could manage through grit and determination. Compartmentalize, ignore, power through. I didn't take care of myself because I thought that if I felt well enough, my time was better spent on any- and everything else. Unless the pain was blinding, I needed to be doing something. My time felt too expensive to spend on myself.
Except in the kitchen. I don't know why I find it so easy to indulge myself in food and cooking, but it is a pleasure I tend to quite relentlessly. I love the alchemy and magic of preparing good, homey food. My favorite meals as a child were at my Great-Grandmother Lois's table in Audubon, Iowa. Simple food, well-prepared -- Five loaves of bread baked every morning. Strawberry rhubarb pie. The best fried chicken I've ever eaten. Neon green sweet pickles. Deviled eggs. Thanksgiving turkey and buttery mashed potatoes. Chicken and dumplings I would do anything to eat again. She cooked not only to nourish us, but to show us love. She took the time to make food with her hands, to prove we were cared for. I am drawn to the kitchen to show my family and family of friends the very same things. It is worth the time it takes to get a few things from the pantry and make a little bigger mess, to show my son and daughter that my time is not too expensive for them.
The BEST Blueberry Pancakes
1.5 cups flour, sifted (I use King Arthur All Purpose for this)
3.5 teaspoons baking powder
2 tablespoons sugar
Generous pinch of salt
3/4 cup milk
3/4 cup sour cream
2 teaspoons vanilla (Penzeys Double-Strength is wonderful)
4 tablespoons butter, melted
Zest & juice of one lemon (optional)
About a pint of blueberries (optional)
Combine dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl and stir well to combine.
Combine wet ingredients, except for butter, and mix well.
Lightly mix wet ingredients by pouring into dry ingredients, stirring/folding butter in last. Let stand for 10 minutes. The batter will be fluffy and light. Pour by 1/3 cup-fulls onto 325° griddle. (Presto Tilt'nDrain Big Griddle may be the best $26 I ever spent.) Sprinkle blueberries onto pancakes after they're poured onto the griddle. Flip pancakes when lots of bubbles have come to the surface. Only flip once. Keep warm on cookie sheet in low oven. Serve with butter and warm maple syrup.