Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Recipe - Whole Wheat Blender Pancake [in a blender] UPDATED!

So I recently discovered the world of freshly ground whole wheat and the subsequent Pancake recipe in a blender.  This revised version addresses the issue of the pancake being "flat" with a few key changes.  Check out my previous attempts HERE.


Whole wheat pancake [in a blender] updated

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/2 cup wheat berries/kernels
  • 1/2 cup milk + 
  • 1/4 cup milk (a splash really)
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons sugar 
  • 1/2 tablespoon baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons plain unflavored yogurt
  • 3/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract (optional)

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Combine the wheat berries/kernels and the buttermilk in a high powered blender [like Vitamix or Blendtec] and blend on high for 30 seconds (quickly moving from 1-10 speed then high), until the mixture is smooth and thick.
  2. Add the 1/2 cup milk and the remaining ingredients and blend until the batter is smooth [about another 30 sec]. Scrape down the sides as needed and blend again for 10 sec. Batter should be smooth, slightly thick and slightly warm (not steaming) 
  3. Cook the batter on a hot griddle for pancakes or in a waffle iron for, well, waffles!
HERE is the original recipe from Mel's Kitchen Cafe.



NOTES ABOUT THE RECIPE

This version of the recipe is especially tailored for high powered blenders like Vitamix or Blendtec.  You can definitely still make pancakes in a regular blender but your blend time would be 3 times as long.  Mel did state that there are no substitutions for the whole wheat berries for this recipe.  I assume that's because 1 cup of freshly blended wheat berries DOES NOT EQUAL 1 cup of store bought wheat flour.  Its the same concept of 1 cup of sugar vs 1 cup of packed sugar.


NOTES ABOUT THE FINAL PANCAKE

Final pancake is soft, fluffy and yummy.  I did increase the amount of sugar to better mimic the Japanese style pancakes (AKA hottokeki or hot cakes) our family likes so much.  I am fairly certain the addition of yogurt provided the extra moisture and fat without making everything too liquid-y.  The batter itself is on the thinner side - I was able to pour it out the blender (no spoon necessary!) - meaning less clean up!  This pancake is great topped with whipped cream and fruit! Syrup is optional.  


See how fluffy it is?



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