Blueberry pancakes

I have to thank my cousin Laura and her husband for the inspiration for these.  They made them for us on a recent family get together and they’re just the best pancakes ever.

The blueberries add a sweetness and juiciness which takes them to another level.  Add a couple of rashers of crispy bacon and a generous drizzle of maple syrup for breakfast nirvana.  Very popular with two year olds!

Blueberry pancakes

Makes 12 or so

Dry ingredients

150g / 6oz plain flour
40g / 1.5 oz vanilla sugar
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1/2 tsp salt

Wet ingredients

1/2 pint buttermilk
50g / 2oz melted butter
1 egg


a small punnet of blueberries

1. Mix the wet and the dry ingredients in separate bowls.

2. Pour half of the dry ingredients into the wet and mix well.  Then stir the remaining dry ingredients in.

3. Heat a pan to medium heat and dollop on a couple of spoonfuls of mixture.

4. Add three or four blueberries to the top of each pancake.

5. Turn when browned and bubbles appear, which should take around 90 seconds.  In another 90 seconds or so they will be perfectly cooked.

6. Serve with butter, maple syrup and crispy rashers of bacon (plus sausages and a poached egg according to Him Indoors.)


Why do we traditionally eat these only once a year, when they’re so fabulously delicious and easy to make? Here, totally out of season, is a nice easy pancake recipe.


makes around 6

100g / 4oz plain flour
2 eggs
300ml / half a pint of milk
butter for frying.



Him Indoors’s additional topping suggestion: hot golden syrup

Beat the eggs and the flour together, making sure there are no lumps. Then add the milk very gradually until you have a lovely smooth batter.

Heat a little butter in a heavy based frying pan until it starts to foam gently. Pour in some of the batter and coat the bottom of the frying pan. When the batter begins to come away from the edges of the pan, jiggle it! Jiggle it, jiggle it until you can move the pancake around in the pan easily. Assemble a small crowd of onlookers, then flip it into the air with all the aplomb you can muster.

Fetch the step ladder from the loft. Climb up the steps carefully, brandishing a plastic spatula. Carefully scrape the pancake off the ceiling, and start again. Repeat until you get bored / full.