The summer's first few pints of fresh local strawberries don't often make it past the bowl into a recipe, but the idea of baked strawberry pancakes can usually provide an occasion. One of my most popular recipes, and a personal favorite as well, these simple pancakes are soft, creamy and slightly chewy with a light crispy exterior, and so easy to make that they're always worth a reprise or a variation with other fresh fruits …
… such as blueberries, of which I had plenty juicy specimens on hand. This time around I decided to use whole wheat flour to preserve the vitamin, mineral and protein nutrients and dietary fiber found in the wheat bran and germ that are removed to make refined flour. But while a far superior food, whole wheat flour is a "heavier" product than white flour, and does not rise as well during baking without assistance. Soaking the flour at room temperature overnight in good, plain whole fat yogurt "leavens" the whole wheat pancake batter and results in a light and fluffy dough that smells so delicious you'll be tempted to bake it right away. The yogurt soaking has the additional benefit of helping to break down the phytates found in the wheat bran — these phytates bind with minerals such as calcium, magnesium, copper, iron and especially zinc, and block their absorption into the body.
The oils found in the bran also makes whole grain flours particularly susceptible to rancidity, which is why I recommend buying flours milled close to the source and storing in the freezer.
While I'm in a food-nannying role, I'll add to always look for non-homogenized whole fat yogurts without added gums or stabilizers. Whey should separate easily in a good yogurt, indicating live, healthy and active cultures. Saugeen Country and Hewitt's Dairy goat's milk yogurts are both healthy and delicious choices for Ontario readers.
On the other hand, these beautiful pancakes are meant to be savored, not calculated … so please do enjoy!
|Baked Whole-Wheat Strawberry and Blueberry Pancakes|
|Recipe by Lisa Turner|
Published on July 23, 2009
Soft, creamy and nourishing baked whole wheat pancakes with fresh strawberries and blueberries — a wonderful dessert or breakfast treat
Other pancake ideas you may enjoy:
Baked Strawberry Pancakes
Baked Blueberry Peach Pancakes
Blueberry & Cornmeal Buttermilk Pancakes
Vanilla Oat Pancakes
On the top of the reading stack: The Frog and Toad Collection Box Set by Arnold Lobel
Audio accompaniment: Structures from Silence by Steve Roach