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Picking blueberries - a heavenly pleasure

July 18th, 2020 | main dishes

Blueberries, bilberries – two names for a wonderful fruit. And now it’s season! Anyone who has ever eaten a blueberry pancake with real forest blueberries knows that the effort of picking is worth it. So, let’s go out into the forest…

Picking blueberries - a heavenly pleasure

They are tiny, they are blue, and they give a lasting color. The hands are blue-violet (but do not worry, this is lost after washing your hands once or twice, though light clothing should be avoided when picking…) and it takes a while until the basket is filled to a certain extent. But the taste is unique – and not to be compared with the cultivated blueberries from the weekly market.

Blueberries are an absolute childhood memory for me. We  regularly spent our summer holidays with our grandparents in the Odenwald. It was exciting there, there were quinces that we didn’t even know at home, a large vegetable garden, unknown herbs, a completely different kitchen than at home, different bread, spaetzle with cherries and bread crumbs. So many delicious things. And then the blueberries…

At the end of every summer vacation, it was a tradition that the whole family “went into the blueberries”. Everyone headed towards the woods with milk kettles and other containers to collect these small, delicious blue berries. It was fun and I will always remember it.

Yesterday I collected blueberries again after years. Yes, it is tedious, but it is also meditative and calming. And when I baked blueberry pancakes on a grill plate with my daughter in the evening around the campfire, it was simply delicious and a very special meal. It’s just a shame that it wasn’t a Captain’s Dinner because our captain currently is on board…

Of course, you can also fry the pancakes in a pan and topped with apples, bananas or bacon instead of blueberries. There are no limits to your imagination. And here is the recipe for this sweet, heavenly blueberry temptation:

Blueberry pancakes

(4 servings – batter should rest for 30 minutes)

300 ml milk
2 eggs
stir
200 g wheat flour 550
1 pinch of salt
add and stir
2 TS melted butter or oil
stir in, let the dough soak for 20-30 minutes
butter or oil for frying
heat fat, add a ladle of batter to the pan
300-400 g blueberries
spread the blueberries in portions on the pancake, turn
powdered sugar
serve sprinkled with powdered sugar

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