Beer at breakfast just makes sense, doesn't it? Especially when that beer is cooked inside fluffy, delicious pancakes.
I had gotten Z The Craft Beer Cookbook for his birthday, and when he woke up a few Sundays ago, he suggested we make one of the pancake recipes out of the book. I was totally game, until I realized we only had a few of the ingredients both recipes called for. So, I improvised - and this beer- and fruit-filled pancake recipe was born.
Blueberry-Banana Beer Pancakes
Yields: About 10 large pancakes
-1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
-1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
-1 tablespoon baking powder
-1/4 cup granulated sugar
-2 large eggs
-3/4 cup brown ale (a pale ale would do fine here, too)
-2 tablespoons melted unsalted butter
-1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
-1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
-1 banana, chopped
-1/4 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen
-Non-stick cooking spray (or extra butter) for griddle
1.) Preheat electric griddle to 350 degrees, or a large skillet over medium-high heat.
2.) In a large bowl, combine flour, salt, baking powder, and sugar.
3.) In a separate bowl, whisk eggs and beer. Add the melted butter, vanilla, and milk, whisking until combined.
4.) Make a well in the dry ingredients and pour in the wet ingredients. Stir until just combined. Stir in the banana and blueberries.
5.) Spray a griddle with non-stick cooking spray. Drop about 1/4 cup of batter onto the prepared cooking surface. Cook until the underside has browned and the edges have started to dry, about 2-4 minutes. Flip and allow to cook until cooked through, an additional 3-5 minutes.
6.) Serve immediately with good maple syrup (and peanut butter!).
These were the fluffiest and most flavorful pancakes I have ever made. To be honest, I've had some "hockey puck" pancake moments (like when Z and I first started dating), but over the years, I've gotten a little better. But who knew that beer would be my saving grace?
If you don't love the taste of beer, most of the flavor does cook off in these pancakes. So all you're left with is the incredible texture it brings.