15 August 2010

Blueberry Buttermilk Crumpets


Blueberry Buttermilk Crumpets

For those of you who follow More Than Burnt Toast this recipe for tender crumpets, a Sunday treat around here, will be a blast from the past.  You can read about my pikelets in my previous post here. I grew up with savoury versions but last year was introduced to sweet. Crumpets are baked on a griddle in a metal ring. The action of the heat from below on the yeast or the raising agent reacts and bubbles are formed quickly and burst at the surface, giving an uneven, pitted top.

Blueberry and buttermilk crumpets are a great way to end the weekend and they're so simple to make. Crumpets have a firm place in the hearts and mouths of Aussies, Kiwis and Brits and can be served with jam, butter or whipped cream. I usually just eat them with a little butter...OK...a lot of butter... or with a little icing sugar on top. You can use either fresh or frozen blueberries in this recipe. If you are using the frozen kind, keep them in the refrigerator until it's time to mix them into the batter.

Blueberries are a favourite of mine and pack an anti-oxidant punch as well. With flavours that range from mildly sweet to tart and tangy, blueberries are nutritional stars bursting with nutrition and flavour while being very low in calories. Nature has bestowed on British Columbia the optimum climate and growing conditions for producing one of her most delicious, distinctive and versatile fruits. Delicious British Columbia blueberries can be bought fresh in the early summer month of July till the end of summer in September and are available frozen from your local store year round. Look for British Columbia blueberries wherever you live and you won't be disappointed.

I am entering this original recipe into the BC Blueberry Council's recipe contest which I heard about on Facebook. Wish me luck!!

Pull up a chair, gather friends and family around and serve with a Mimosa or Bellini...and best of all ENJOY what's left of the weekend!!! I am headed to do some volunteering and then this evening we are getting together with the girlfriends to see the much anticipated movie Eat, Pray, Love.

**Blueberry Buttermilk Pikelets**

1 -1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
2 tablespoons sugar
3/4 - 1 cup buttermilk
1 large egg
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 tablespoon milk
1 cup of fresh or frozen blueberries (if frozen, keep in freezer until needed in recipe)
Extra butter for greasing frying pan

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Sift the flour, baking soda and sugar into a mixing bowl. Stir with a wooden spoon to combine. Set aside.

In a separate bowl whisk the buttermilk, milk, butter and egg together. Add the buttermilk and egg mixture to the flour mixture. Whisk until smooth. Gently add the blueberries to the batter. If you are using frozen blueberries, stir them through very gently and slowly with a spatula or wooden spoon so that they remain intact and do not turn the batter blue.

Heat a large non-stick frying pan or griddle over medium heat. Brush with a little melted butter. Spoon about 1/8 cup of the mixture into the pan (in this case I used a ring). Cook for about 2 minutes or until the surface starts to bubble. Use a spatula to carefully turn the crumpets over and cook for a further 1-2 minutes or until cooked through.

Transfer your crumpets to a plate and cover loosely with foil. Repeat the process with the remaining mixture. You will need to lightly grease the frying pan with melted butter in between frying.

Serve the crumpets warm or at room temperature with icing sugar or jam and butter.

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26 comments:

  1. That is something I adore! Lovely blueberry crumpets!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  2. I was just noticing that I have buttermilk in the fridge and then I read your post. I am starving and it is breakfast time. Blueberries in the freezer...so I may as well make them right now! Do the extras freeze well?

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  3. I must say I have never had leftovers but I see no reason why they would not freeze well:D

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  4. how can you POSSIBLY have leftovers???? these would just FLY away as soon as they were whisked out!
    i LOVE these comfort british foods, they remind me of NZ

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  5. They look delicious! I've never made crumpets and must give it a try.

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  6. I wish I were in CA, right now! Oh my goodness these look enticing... I'm so tired of cooking for myself! How can I possibly get my 22 yr old niece to make me something close to this this morning! :)

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  7. Even though I've seen you do this before, they still look good -- and I giggle (don't know why) every time I see the word "pikelets".

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  8. This recipe makes me think of thick fat slices of blueberry pancakes. Yummy! I love the idea.

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  9. Yum! I may have to make some for dinner :)

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  10. I love your challenges featuring dishes in foreign lands, but dishes like these are what keeps me coming back again and again!

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  11. I made them before I even heard back from you. I was hungry! They were great. I used my egg rings and it worked well as long as I didn't use too much batter. I froze my leftovers - the price you pay when you live alone! Thanks.

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  12. It's a good thing I have part of a carton of buttermilk still sitting in the fridge because now I need this!

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  13. I've never had a crumpet, but I must make them because the name is just so cute!

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  14. good luck!!! I entered too :)

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  15. I've certainly heard of crumpets but have never eaten them. These look so good! Can you make them without a ring?

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  16. So glad you tried them and yes they would freeze well. You can make them without the ring, but then in my mind they are called pikelets:D

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  17. Hi!

    nice blog! They look delicious! look so good!
    thanks for sharing this!


    James Parker….
    Chef Gulzar recipes in Urdu

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  18. pikelets, crumpets, pancakes--i love 'em all. i must say, however, that 'crumpets' and 'pikelets' are more fun to say than plain ol' 'pancakes.' :)

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  19. they look so scrumptious! i always recommend using and empty can of tuna and removing the top and bottom with a tine opener for a cheap crumpet ring...

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  20. I tried making this recipe a couple of days ago, and I must say that it was a hit with my family! everybody love it. Thanks for sharing this awesome recipe as I would try making this again in the future. It also went really well with a hot cup of coffee made from my krups espresso machine at home, Kudos!

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  21. A great way to end the week-end ... heck that looks like a great way to end or begin just about anything. Blueberries will win my heart everyday.

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  22. You left out South Africans - we have a soft spot for crumpets too :) These look heavenly - what a great use for blueberries!

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  23. Oh Val...how deliciously irristable these look. I have quite a bit of blueberries...I guess I can squeeze this recipe in soon ;o)

    Ciao,
    Claudia

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  24. These crumpets look like no other I have ever seen. They look really tender, and not so spongy... the photographs are beautiful. Good for you for creating this recipe. YUM!
    I have never picked blueberries. The don't grow wild around here, and I have never seen them growing in anyone's garden.
    :)
    Valerie

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  25. I so love crumpets, and these look wonderful :)

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  26. I don't know how I missed this one. I have to go back and look at all your posts. My mouth is watering and I want one.

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