Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Something delicious to drizzle on your Sunday pancakes: bilberry or blueberry syrup

Pancakes by K, bilberry syrup by Pille

We eat lots of pancakes in our house, and we eat them regularly. Every Sunday morning*, K. wakes up before I do, goes to the kitchen and makes us some pancakes. Sometimes he makes thin, crepe-like pancakes, sometimes thick, smaller drop-cakes. They're all wonderful, and I feel very spoilt during those leisurely weekend breakfasts ;) Pancakes, of course, need a little something to accompany them. Maybe a spoonful of summery wild strawberry jam, or much more 'adult' rhubarb jam with ginger. Perhaps some honey-coloured cloudberry jam, plum & vanilla jam or blueberry/bilberry jam? There are other, non-jammy, options - a scoop of ever-so-slightly-melted vanilla ice cream comes to mind. Or a zigzag of chocolate sauce. Or a generous drizzle of this bilberry syrup that I found on this Finnish recipe site. The choice is all yours..

Blueberry/bilberry syrup
Makes about 1 litres

1 litre blueberries/bilberries
700 ml sugar
150 ml water

Put all ingredients in a saucepan. Bring to the boil, then simmer gently for 10-15 minutes.
Press through a fine sieve, pour into sterilised hot bottles.

Serve with ice cream or pancakes.

* Sometimes he makes pancakes on Saturday mornings, but then we head to his mum's place for Sunday morning pancakes :)


MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

You lucky girl to have someone up before you making you pancakes! The Bilberry Syrup looks pretty special too.

Baking Soda said...

I love pancakes (in Holland pancakes are considered a child's treat and are eaten for lunch/dinner) I think I am going to transfer my raspberries into your syrup!

Lydia said...

Like you, I live with a pancake maker. Now, if I could only find a syrup maker to move in with us....

Valli said...

It sounds del1cious and a nice change from maple syrup. We don't make maple syrup here in western Canada. For one thing it does not get cold enough, plus we haven't any maple forests. But...I did see birch syrup. I will have to give it a try just to see how it compares.

Figs Olives Wine said...

Wonderful idea! I'd imagine it's pretty good drizzled into some prosecco too!

Su-Lin said...

I never realised how simple it was to make blueberry syrup. I was at a friend's house for a sleepover when I was about 10 years old and I remember being served pancakes with homemade blueberry syrup for breakfast. It was impressive and I'd always wanted to make it. Thanks for the recipe!

Thredahlia said...

Täna ei ole küll pühapäeva hommik, aga need pannkoogid näevad nii head välja.
Mitte küll päris mustikasiirupiga seoses, aga meenuvad vanaisa jutud tema vanaemast, kest kuumutatud mustikaid ilma suhkruta pudelitesse hoidistas ja siis mõni talvel ikka korgi pealt ära viskas - nii, et köögilage värviti igal kevadel :D

Trig said...

We Brits are not really a pancake-loving nation, sadly. Well we celebrate them once a year, and in grand fashion, but unlike Americans we don't tend to eat them on a regular basis. We don't get bilberries in great demand here either, but blueberries aplenty

thepassionatecook said...

i just had something more to add to our bilberry/blueberry discussion: as i found out today, bilberries are also called schwarzbeeren in austria, which translates as black berries... which, of course, are VERY different from the English blackberries (and even more so from a certain dispensable gadget...)

Kristen said...

Oh I love your blog! This syrup looks amazing.

Pippurimylly said...

Delicious picture! The syrup looks amazing over the pancakes.

Tea said...

Is there anything so nice as a man in the kitchen making pancakes on a weekend morning? Lovely!

Pille said...

Tanna - I know, I'm pretty lucky and very happy:)

Baking Soda - raspberry syrup would be great, too.

Lydia - wouldn't it be easier (and safer:) to teach the pancake maker to take up syrup making as well? Mh?

Valli- maple syrup is always beautiful on pancakes, too, of course. I've only had birch sap, though I can see that birch syrup would be lovely.

Figs Olives Wine - now, THAT's a wonderful idea!

Su-lin- indeed, there was nothing complicated whatsoever..

Thredahlia - K. "dekoreeris" mu uue põlle paar kuud tagasi mustikapritsmetega ära. Siiamaani hallikas-sinised laigud peal, seda vaatamata korduvale pesule. Nii et saan Su vanaisast täitsa aru:)

Trig - apparently bilberries are quite widely available in Scotland. But not in supermarkets, of course.. Thanks for popping by!

Johanna - bilberries translate as 'black berries' in Estonian, too, (and bog bilberries 'blue berries'). 'Blackberries' are 'field berries' in Estonian. Confusing:)

Kristen - I'm so glad you found your way here - welcome!

Pippurimylly - kiitos!

Tea - that's a pretty nice feeling - and sight - indeed:)

Hedgehog said...

Hi from your neighbor to the north! I really have to blog about how much I love your blog one of these days.

You don't happen to have a recipe for lingon syrup, do you? Or any tips about how to adapt a blueberry syrup recipe to use with lingon? I have so many lingon and want to try out a few new things this year.