Pancakes always make a great breakfast. And believe it or not, pancakes are synonymous with cowboys and cowboy culture. Probably because they are easy to prepare, can be tailor made, are filling and use common ingredients. In fact, this recipe uses some classic Canadian ingredients. So do not expect these Blueberry Maple Pancakes to be the usual breakfast treat. They are not only studded with blueberries, they are also topped with crushed maple syrup infused blueberries. Fresh fruit was always a welcome treat in the cowboy diet, an a cowboy that brought berries back to the chuckwagon definitely won some points with the cook, and the other cowboys. We would have done the same, because we find these blueberry pancakes absolutely irresistible. Feel free to add other berries too, it only makes this “cowboy pancake” even more authentic.
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First, let us prepare some delicious blueberry syrup! In a small pot, heat 2 tbsp of MAPLE SYRUP until just warm. Then add 1 cup of BLUEBERRIES to the syrup and mash. We used a fork to mash the berries. Heat syrup and blueberries until the mixture starts to boil. Remove from heat and set aside.
Mix 1 cup of FLOUR, 1 tsp BAKING POWDER and 1/2 tsp BAKING SODA in a mixing bowl. Mix well.
In a seperate bowl, combine 1 cup of MILK, 1 EGG, 2 tbsp melted BUTTER and 2 tbsp MAPLE SYRUP. Also add 1 cup of BLUEBERRIES and mix. Pour this mixture into the dry ingredients (step 2) and mix well.
Preheat a pan and lightly grease it. Pour 1/4 cup (60 ml) of batter into the pan. As soon as deep holes or bubbles appear in the pancake, flip it over and cook the other side. Repeat this step for each pancake.
Serve the warm pancakes with blueberry syrup. You can also add some more maple syrup or fresh berries if you like. If it is not the season: Berries can be frozen and used at any time of the year, provided they are dry and not packed together too tightly.
Did you know?
Back in the days, cowboys and chuckwagon cooks did not follow a written recipe for pancakes. Instead, they followed a rule of thumb and used 1:1 proportions for each ingredient. So a proper cowboy pancake would include 1 cup flour, 1 cup liquid (milk or water), 1 egg, 1 rounded teaspoon baking powder, 1 teaspoon melted fat or drippings and 1 pinch of salt. The proportion of ingredients may have changed somewhat over time, but the love of this breakfast staple has not.