June 29, 2015

Strawberry buttermilk pancakes with elderflower and poached rhubarb

I can't believe it's been an entire month since I blogged. Time flies, as they say.
Apparently it's been so long that I completely forgot that my previous post was pancake related as well. I usually try to vary each post a bit more, but one can never have to many great pancake recipes. Right?
It's also a whole month since I travelled to France, and to tell you the truth, I haven't even begun to look at the photos yet. I know that I've been busy this month, but what have I done, really? I can't bring myself to remember. And in a few days I'm leaving for France again.
When I was in France a month ago, the elderflower was already blooming and it was really hot. Looking outside right now, it looks like November. Raining and 14°C. Which also means that the elderflower here has really been struggling to bloom. I don't think I've ever seen it bloom this late, and it's not even quite there yet! So if you live in a country where the elderflower has already bloomed, feel very free to make these pancakes without it as they are so delicious with just strawberries. Incredibly fluffy, light and just perfect!

Serves 3-4
Note that this recipe makes more pancakes than pictured (I was hungry)!

1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/8 tsp salt
1/4 tsp vanilla powder or 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup buttermilk
2 medium eggs
25 g butter (1/4 stick), melted and cooled

125 g chopped strawberries (about 3/4 cup)
3-5 elderflower heads

100 g rhubarb, trimmed and finely chopped (about 3/4 cup)
1/2 cup water
4 tbsp granulated sugar
1 tbsp lemon juice
1/4 tsp vanilla powder or 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1. Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and vanilla powder into a bowl.
2. Mix together the buttermilk and eggs in a small bowl (and vanilla extract if using).
3. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir carefully until mixture is smooth. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let stand 15 minutes in roomtemperature. Add the butter and stir until smooth. Stir in the chopped strawberries.
4. Heat a nonstick frying pan with some butter. Pour about 2-3 tbsp of batter into the frying pan and immediately sprinkle the top of the pancake with some elderflower blossoms. Turn and fry until golden brown.

1. Put rhubarb, water, sugar, lemon juice and vanilla in a saucepan.
2. Let simmer very gently for about 2-3 minutes or until rhubarb is soft, not mushy!
3. Put a strainer on top of a bowl. Pour mixture into strainer and put the rhubarb pieces in another bowl to cool. Pour the liquid back into the saucepan and let simmer until slightly thickened, about 5-10 minutes. Pour into a bowl to let cool, then add the rhubarb.
4. Spoon the rhubarb pieces on top of your pancakes and pour some rhubarb "syrup" on top. Serve with toasted almond flakes and fresh strawberries.

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  1. Rhubarb, Elderflower, Strawberries and Pancakes... it can't get any better, that's for sure. This recipe just has my name written all over it. All my favorite things in one. Thanks you Linda.

  2. I've never had pancakes [shame on me] and I must try your recipe. Your photos are absolutely inspiring!

    Be ready for a hot weather in France. The meteorologists promise around 37-39 Cº in Paris this Wednesday and Friday and overall of the country ..

  3. Dear Linda, this sounds amazing - will have to try these sometime. And I love the pictures - they are always magical. Hope to go to France too very soon :-) Enjoy your trip! All the best, Judith

  4. Hi Linda!! These look beautiful!!! I haven't had a pink beverage/syrup/liquidy thing since I was a little kid! this post brought back some wonderful memories!! I've never tried Elderflower - I guess now I have an even better incentive to!

  5. Always with such inspiring pictures <3 The pancakes are gorgeous and the whole setting is beautiful!
    Have a nice trip :)

  6. What an elegant breakfast! Love the elderflower in here--I really have to try that flavor sometime!

  7. I am not sure if there's something better for a post after a longer break than pancakes

  8. Your blog is really gorgeaus! I love your pictures.
    Regards Andrea

  9. These look devine! And I love elderflower!

  10. Looks very nice... I will try the recipe soon. Welcome back to France, here is close to 40°C !! ;)

  11. pancake crazy! hehe. i love it. does elderflower grow wild in sweden? it's so pretty ... i wonder if it would grow in my yard? such beautiful photos as always, linda! i would like a big stack of pancakes! but truly i could probably eat three at most ... !!! xo

  12. Love the photos and the recipe! So gorgeous. And France is amazing; enjoy your next trip there!

  13. These have got to be the most beautiful pancakes I've seen in my entire life. <3

  14. Such pretty photographs you have!

  15. Oooo... stunning breakfast! 'm always on the look-out for tasty ways to use up my never-ending stash of rhubarb from my garden.


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