Reading & Eating: The Wedding Date and Blueberry Pancakes

“Good Lord, why have you never taken me to that place before?” Alexa asked him. “I’ve never had pancakes that good.”

I don’t know about you, but I’m a huge fan of reading and eating. Whether it’s a small snack or a full on meal, I can always be found with a book in hand and a fork in the other.

So I wanted to share some of the culinary foods I love to make for my reads. Have you ever wanted to eat what your character was eating? Does the thought of something scrumptious in your book stir your cravings? Well, this is exactly what I want to do in this series.

My husband and I bought a huge packet of blueberries from the grocery store. Once we went home to try them, they were sadly sour. We knew we wanted to eat them before they went bad, so we decided to have a full on blueberry fest. Funnily enough, The Wedding Date just so happened to be the book I was reading at the time and luckily Alexa had a sweet tooth.

I’m sharing The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory and a plate of blueberry pancakes. While the foods of choice throughout the novel were cheese and crackers, pizza, and a lot of frosted donuts with sprinkles. Since I can’t make cheese and crackers from scratch (yet), I decided on something a little bit easier.

Alexa, the main character, is a huge fan of any sort of sweet treats. While she’s a true advocate for the sweet dough, I decided I’ll make some blueberry pancakes for her.

This recipe is from King Arthur Flour I found here. It’s super simple and I had all the ingredients available in my pantry. I love when I don’t have to go to the store to pick up something I don’t already have. It’s also easier when you’re making something on a whim than planning for it.

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When it comes to pancakes, there’s a few rules:

You don’t want to stir all the lumps out

For some reason, pancakes are more fluffy than dense if you don’t whip the stuffing out of it. Just fold the ingredients together with a wooden spoon until it’s all been incorporated.

Add blueberries to the pancakes on the pan, not into the batter

Once you scoop your pancake mix onto your hot pan, then add your blueberries. This will keep the berries from sinking to the bottom of your batter bowl and you can control the amount of berries in each pancake.

Patience is a virtue

The one thing you always want to keep in mind is that pancakes take time. You want to wait until the bubbles on the top of your pancake have made holes and then you flip. Flip too soon and you won’t get that delicious golden brown.

The first pancake will always be a test pancake

Everyone always says this and for me it’s always been true. The first pancake you make will always be a test pancake. This is more to see how long you should be waiting to flip pancakes and making sure that the batter is fully cooked. No one wants a runny pancake.

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