Pancakes with Blueberries and Crème Fraîche

Updated February 23, 2016



Published by Chronicle

This image courtesy of Joseph DeLeo

The blue and gold of these pancakes reminds me of spring on the central coast of California. When I was little, we spent all our vacations at a big cattle ranch north of Santa Barbara, and most of the grownups would go fishing at about 5:30 A.M. Kids, being so noisy they scared away the fish, weren’t allowed to go, so we stayed behind and helped whip up something to accompany the outrageously succulent fried trout, minutes out of a stream, that we’d be breakfasting on by about 9 A.M. This is a variation on one of the fisherman’s favorites. If you have a sweet-tooth you could drizzle a little warm boysenberry syrup over the top of the crème fraîche.




Total Timeunder 30 minutes

Make Ahead RecipeYes

Kid FriendlyYes

Recipe Coursemain course

Dietary Considerationkosher, peanut free, soy free, tree nut free, vegetarian


Mealbreakfast, brunch

Taste and Texturebuttery, chewy, fruity, sweet, tangy

Type of Dishpancakes


  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • ½ teaspoon coarse sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ cup polenta or coarsely ground yellow cornmeal
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • Vegetable oil, for brushing the griddle
  • ½ cup creme fraiche


IN A MEDIUM MIXING BOWL, sift together the flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. Sprinkle the polenta over the other dry ingredients and toss until evenly mixed.

IN A SEPARATE BOWL, beat the eggs lightly with a fork, then add the buttermilk and the melted butter and whisk together briefly. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until just blended-the batter will be a little lumpy. Gently fold in the blueberries until they are evenly distributed in the batter.

HEAT A LARGE CAST-IRON SKILLET or a griddle until it’s so hot that droplets of water dance across the surface, then brush it with vegetable oil. Using a ¼-cup measure or a 2-ounce ladle, pour the batter onto the pan or griddle and cook until large bubbles form on the top of the pancake and the edges begin to brown. Flip to the other side and cook for another minute or so, until the bottom is browned. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate and keep warm in a low oven while you cook the remaining pancakes. Brush the pan or griddle with more vegetable oil as necessary as you cook the remaining batches.

SERVE THE PANCAKES WARM with a dollop of crème fraîche on top.


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