Friday, July 24, 2009

Blueberry Masterclass

The first series of MasterChef Australia has come to an end and I'm left with a sad little hole in my heart. Friday night masterclasses were a highlight at my house and the little tips and tricks demonstrated by both George and Gary have already proved invaluable. Apparently a Celebrity MasterChef is in the works and if it's set to be anything like Top Chef well.. Ho! Ho! I can't wait! It may not get quite as many ratings as the original with its slightly more professional approach but it's about time we aired more established cooking techniques on free to air television (how many apprentices can afford Foxtel anyway?). Now if only they'd bring back The L Word..

Buttermilk Pancakes with Blueberry Maple Butter
125 g flour
22 g castor sugar
1 g sea salt
4 g vanilla paste
260 g buttermilk
1 egg, separated
Whisk together flour, sugar and salt in a bowl.
Make a well and pour in vanilla, buttermilk and egg yolk.
Slowly incorporate with flour to prevent lumps.
Whisk egg white to medium peaks.
Fold whites into batter.
Pour circles of batter into a lightly greased skillet and cook over medium heat.
For the blueberry maple butter I didn't really weigh anything. Grab a handful of frozen blueberries, throw them in a small saucepan with a slosh of maple syrup and let it simmer for about 5 minutes. You just want to defrost the blueberries and reduce the juices that cook out a little. Remove the pan from the stove, drop in a few squares of butter and swirl it all around for a bit (or "monte") until it thickens. Pile the buttermilk pancakes onto your plate and drizzle the blueberry maple butter on top. Yum.

1 comment:

  1. Hi,

    This is a great website! I know it's most focused on cooking and recipes, but I notice that you also review some restaurants out here in Sydney.

    Time Out magazine just did the Sydney Food Awards (link here and we're wondering what you think. Did we get it right or wrong? Did we miss out on some awesome places? It would be great to have the opinion of someone who knows and loves food in Sydney.

    We do hope you check it out when you get the chance and let us know what you think!

    Mary Tan
    Time Out Sydney


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