Pantry Anarchy:Blueberry Pancake Casserole

This might be a boring pantry anarchy makeover but I’d rather talk about boring food than money today because uhhhhhhhhhhhhh (imagine that in Tina Belcher’s vocalization)

Last month the food pantry had A LOT of frozen blueberries. A lot a lot. I took several huge bags, stuck them in the freezer, and am just getting around to figure out all the things to make with them (besides the obvious). I found this recipe on The Kitchn for Blueberry Pancake Casserole.

Blueberry Pancake Casserole

Serves 8 to 10

For the casserole:
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, divided
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
2 cups buttermilk
1/2 cup whole or 2% milk
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
Finely grated zest from 1 medium lemon
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
Cooking spray
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 cups fresh blueberries

For the streusel:
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons packed brown sugar
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, cubed

For the casserole: Whisk 2 cups of the flour, sugar, and salt together in a large bowl. Add the eggs, buttermilk, milk, melted butter, lemon juice, and zest. Stir until just barely combined. Do not overmix — the batter will be lumpy. Cover the bowl and refrigerate overnight. (You can also skip the overnight rest and continue with baking the casserole immediately.)

Arrange a rack in the middle of the oven and heat to 350°F. Coat a 9×13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.

Whisk together the remaining 1/2 cup flour, baking powder, and baking soda in a small bowl. Fold the mixture into the buttermilk mixture until just combined. Pour into the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle evenly with the blueberries; set aside.

For the streusel: Whisk together the flour, sugars, cinnamon, and salt in a small bowl. Add the butter and use a fork or your fingers to work the ingredients together until well-combined and crumbly. Sprinkle it evenly over the casserole.

Bake until golden-brown, the casserole starts to pull away from the sides of the dish, and the top springs back gently when touched, 45 to 50 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool for about 5 minutes before serving.

Of course I changed some things because I never have everything on hand that a recipe calls for. The biggest one here was fresh blueberries. I used the frozen blueberries. As long as you drain most of the juice from the thawed blueberries when using frozen , I don’t think it matters much. Otherwise you’re adding liquid to the recipe you need to account for.

The frozen blueberries will still have enough juicyness to make your batter look a little cosmic.

I also didn’t have buttermilk and was a little low on milk, so I used 1 cup milk and 1 cup sour cream. I was thinking I would end up with a less sweet version of a sour cream coffee and I was pretty right on there.

The verdict: Delicious AND my very picky boys loved it. This This ones a keeper.


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