Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Blueberries taste berry, berry good to me!

If you're anything like me, you might frequently find yourself searching for excuses to make a brunch date with friends. After all, breakfast truly is the tastiest meal of the day - no matter the time of day! And there are so many different tastes involved in breakfast foods. For example, you could order an omelette with hash browns or grits. Or go spicy and request a breakfast burrito. Or you could go sweet and order up french toast, waffles or pancakes. As for my tastes, it all depends on my mood! When I'm hankering for something sweet, though, my favorite tends to be blueberry pancakes. So isn't it convenient that today is National Blueberry Pancake Day?! Yup. I will be heading home shortly and whipping up some berry-delicious pancakes for dinner.

Check out this yummy-looking sugar-free recipe, courtesy of Dr. Gourmet.

2/3 cup all purpose white flour
1 tbsp Splenda
1 tsp baking powder
2/3 cup non-fat buttermilk
1/4 cup egg substitute
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup fresh blueberries
2 tsp Take Control Spread Light (or Promise Buttery Spread Light) (per serving)
1 tbsp pure maple syrup (per serving)

1. Sift flour, Splenda and baking powder into a large mixing bowl.
2. Add buttermilk, egg substitute and vanilla extract and blend using a large whisk until smooth.
3. Heat a non-stick griddle over medium-high heat. Let the batter stand for at least 2 minutes while the griddle is heating. Stir once and wait another minute before placing batter on the griddle.
4. When the griddle is hot enough that a few drops of water will dance on the surface, reduce the heat to medium and place about 1/4 cup of batter for each pancake on the griddle.
5. After the pancakes have cooked for about a minute spread a tablespoon of fruit across the top of each one. Allow to cook for another 1 - 2 minutes until bubbles form on the surface and burst. Turn pancake and cook for about 1/2 the time of the first side until the are golden brown.
6. Remove and top with one teaspoon of Promise Buttery Spread Light on each pancake and serve one tablespoon of pure maple syrup for every two pancakes.

By the way, while researching fun facts about blueberry pancakes, I came across an old 1969 film called "Winter of the Witch." According to the description, the film is based on the book "Old Black Witch" and is about a woman and her son who leave their city apartment for a home in the country. The home they purchase, however, houses an amicable old witch who has a penchant for making magic pancakes. The blueberry pancakes, you see, have the power to make people happy.

AW YEAHH!!! I now have to find a copy of this movie. Check out this hysterical clip from YouTube.

Just an FYI: the recipe I included in this posting will not generate the type of psychedelic trippy response seen in this movie. However, the fabulous taste might easily put a smile on your face. Enjoy!

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