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Author Notes: I consider these the perfect pancakes. They're practically unsweetened -- the better to drench in good maple syrup -- and perfectly crisp around the edges. Yes, separating the eggs is a bit finicky, but the whipped egg whites ensure that the hotcakes are light and fluffy. The blueberries, while not exactly seasonal in mid-November, are a great treat in their season. They get big and plump and just burst in your mouth. —Rivka
- 1.5 cups unbleached flour; I use half white-whole wheat
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- .5 teaspoons salt
- 2 cups buttermilk
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
- 2 large eggs, separated
- 1/4 pound blueberries, rinsed and patted dry
- 1 teaspoon cane sugar
- maple syrup or powdered sugar to serve
- 2-3 tablespoons extra butter for cooking hotcakes
- In a medium bowl, mix flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, whisk together buttermilk and egg yolks. Add butter and stir until well incorporated. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir just until combined.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment or in a medium bowl using a hand mixer, whip egg whites until stiff peaks form. Using a rubber spatula, fold in egg whites gently, and stir just until combined. If there are bits of egg white still showing, it's okay; resist the temptation to over-mix.
- In a small bowl, toss blueberries with sugar until coated. Add blueberries to batter and fold, using spatula, until just combined.
- Heat a castiron or heavy stainless steel skillet over medium-low heat. When hot, add a tab of butter and swirl pan to coat. Using a ladle or a 1/4-cup measure, put two or three hotcakes in the pan.
- Let hotcakes cook for about two minutes, or until cakes begin to set around the edges and bubbles form on top. Flip and cook one to two minutes longer, then transfer to a 280-degree oven to keep warm while you cook the rest of these beauties.
- Serve hot, with good maple syrup or just a light dusting of powdered sugar.
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Pancakes