Buckwheat and Buttermilk Pancakes with Blackberry Jam and Sage Whipped Cream

Buckwheat and Buttermilk Pancakes with Blackberry Jam and Sage Whipped Cream
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About This Recipe

Living in the heart of Napa Valley has given me the opportunity to explore and enjoy the vast array of local flavors and ingredients that this incredible region has to offer. It was during one of my strolls through the farmer's market that I came up with the idea for Cardamom and Buckwheat and Buttermilk Pancakes with Blackberry Jam and Sage Whipped Cream. This recipe brings together the earthy, nutty flavors of buckwheat and the aromatic, warm notes of cardamom, creating a delightful twist on a breakfast classic.

One of the things I love about this recipe is that it truly captures the essence of Napa Valley. The blackberry jam, made from locally sourced berries, highlights the vibrant fruit that grows so well in California's wine country. The sage whipped cream adds a touch of elegance and sophistication, reminiscent of the world-class cuisine found in Napa Valley's finest restaurants.

If you're looking for side dishes to accompany these pancakes, I'd recommend serving them with a light, citrusy fruit salad featuring local, in-season fruits like nectarines, plums, and grapes. For a more savory option, a simple arugula salad with goat cheese and toasted almonds would complement the dish nicely.

For dessert, you might want to consider a refreshing lemon sorbet topped with a sprinkle of lavender, or a warm, gooey chocolate lava cake made with locally produced chocolate. Both options would provide a sweet finish to your meal without overpowering the flavors of the pancakes.

When it comes to sourcing the ingredients for this dish, I always recommend visiting the local farmer's markets, like the Napa Farmers Market or the St. Helena Farmers Market, where you can find the freshest produce and support local farmers. For the buckwheat flour and cardamom, try visiting Oakville Grocery or Sunshine Foods Market, both of which offer a wide variety of specialty ingredients.

As for wine pairings, I'd suggest choosing a wine that complements the fruit and spice flavors in the pancakes. A late harvest Viognier from Darioush or a Gewürztraminer from Gundlach Bundschu would both be excellent choices. If you prefer something bubbly, a sparkling wine from Schramsberg Vineyards or Mumm Napa would also work well.

Living in Napa Valley has given me the chance to explore the rich history and natural beauty of this region, from the charming town of Calistoga to the stunning vistas of the Mayacamas Mountains. I'm constantly inspired by the local wineries, restaurants, and artisans, who continue to push the boundaries of creativity and flavor in their craft.

I hope that by sharing this recipe, I can inspire you to embark on your own Napa Valley-inspired culinary adventures. The unique flavors and ingredients of this region can transform a simple dish into something truly extraordinary. So, happy cooking, and cheers to your Napa Valley-inspired culinary adventures!

Hero Ingredient Spotlight: Buckwheat Flour

Buckwheat flour, the star ingredient in these pancakes, is a gluten-free alternative to traditional wheat flours. Contrary to its name, buckwheat isn't related to wheat but is rather a pseudo-grain. Renowned for its robust, earthy, and nutty flavor, buckwheat flour is rich in protein, fiber, and several minerals like magnesium and manganese. Its health benefits coupled with its distinctive taste make it a sought-after ingredient for those pursuing a healthier diet and for those who want to inject a rich, nutty character into their dishes.

How to Achieve Perfectly Fluffy Pancakes Every Time

  1. Rest the Batter: After mixing, allow your pancake batter to rest for at least 5-10 minutes. This relaxation time helps the gluten (in the all-purpose flour) to settle, resulting in fluffier pancakes.
  2. Test Your Skillet: Before pouring the batter, drop a sprinkle of water on your skillet. If it dances and evaporates, your skillet is at the perfect temperature.
  3. Avoid Over-mixing: Gently combine wet and dry ingredients until just combined. Over-mixing can result in tough pancakes.
  4. Use Fresh Baking Powder & Soda: Ensure your leavening agents are fresh for the best rise and fluff.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Can I substitute the buttermilk? Yes, if you don't have buttermilk, you can mix 1 tablespoon of white vinegar or lemon juice with 1 cup of milk and let it sit for 5 minutes. This creates a buttermilk-like consistency and tanginess.
  2. Is there a gluten-free version of this recipe? Certainly! Simply replace the all-purpose flour with a gluten-free blend. However, the texture might be slightly different.
  3. How do I store leftover pancakes? Place cooled pancakes in an airtight container, separating layers with parchment paper. They can be refrigerated for up to 3 days or frozen for up to 2 months.
  4. Can I use a different fruit jam? Absolutely! While blackberry jam offers a delightful tang, you can experiment with raspberry, strawberry, or even a mixed berry jam.
  5. Is sage essential for the whipped cream? Sage provides a unique aromatic touch. However, if you're not a fan or don't have any on hand, you can omit it or replace with a hint of vanilla extract or a pinch of cinnamon.

Tips for Success

  1. Consistent Size: Use a ladle or measuring cup to pour the pancake batter onto the skillet. This ensures that all pancakes are uniformly sized and cook at the same rate.
  2. Keep Them Warm: As you cook your batches, place finished pancakes on a baking sheet in an oven set to a low temperature. This keeps them warm without overcooking.
  3. Garnish: Consider adding some fresh blackberries or a sprinkle of chopped sage on top for an added burst of flavor and color.

Recipe Overview

Recipe:
Buckwheat and Buttermilk Pancakes with Blackberry Jam and Sage Whipped Cream
Author:
Lily Anderson
Season:
Summer
Yield:
4 servings
Calories Per Serving:
650
Prep Time:
PT15M
Cook Time:
PT20M
Total Time:
PT35M

Ingredients List

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup buckwheat flour
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
  • 1 cup blackberry jam (preferably homemade or from a local artisan)
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh sage
  • Additional butter or oil for cooking pancakes

Step-by-Step Directions

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the buckwheat flour, all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, eggs, and melted butter.
  3. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Allow the batter to rest for 5-10 minutes.
  4. While the batter rests, prepare the sage whipped cream. In a medium bowl, beat the heavy whipping cream, sugar, and chopped sage until stiff peaks form. Set aside.
  5. Preheat a non-stick skillet or griddle over medium heat. Grease the surface with butter or oil.
  6. Pour 1/4 cup of batter onto the skillet for each pancake. Cook until bubbles form on the surface and the edges start to look set, then flip and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes, until golden brown and cooked through.
  7. To serve, spread a generous layer of blackberry jam on each pancake and top with a dollop of sage whipped cream.

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