Summer seems to be beginning to wind down now, as are the wild blackberries. And because of the rains we've had, there's still quite a few sweet and juicy ones left though to bake and cook with. This morning I decided to try my hand at some blackberry pancakes, and they turned out pretty tasty:
Blackberry Pancakes (serves 2 - makes 4 pancakes)
1 cup flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons sugar
1 and 1/2 cups buttermilk
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1 cup blackberries + extra blackberries to top off
In a bowl, mix flour, baking powder, salt and sugar together. Make a well in the middle of dry ingredients, and add buttermilk, butter and egg and stir until just incorporated. Fold in blackberries with spoon, and then spoon out batter onto a greased griddle or skillet warmed on medium heat. Wait until pancakes start to bubble, about 2-3 minutes, then flip to cook other side for another 2-3 minutes. Serve hot, topped with more blackberries and whatever else your taste buds desire!
I've got to say, nothing beats a lazy morning or evening picking berries in the summer. It's something I've absolutely loved doing since as long as I can remember and just one of those traditions that I'll always keep. It's so nice to get out and have that slower pace to think, or if you're with some company to have a good talk... but of course I'm always interrupted from my thoughts or conversation when I stick myself, darn it! But what makes it real fun this year is bringing Cole out there with me - I even caught him sneaking a few berries himself, that pup! No worries though, blackberries aren't toxic to dogs, so I let him have a few to snack on. I really got some good memories this summer with that boy, and with so many others too. Lots to be thankful for this season, and I'm sure there's a whole heap more coming with the next - the next time I go out here to pick those last berries I'm sure I'll be reflecting on that.
Looking for another recipe to use a few blackberries with? Try this one from last summer.