Isaac Carew’s buttermilk pancakes with blueberry and camomile compote

I love blueberries and the camomile gives a nice floral touch. These are also the most calming pancakes you’ll ever have because camomile is known for its soothing qualities. Perfect for a relaxed Sunday morning – whack on a bit of classical music and eat these in your dressing gown. The compote takes a bit of time, but it’s totally worth it.

buttermilk pancakes
Susan Bell


50g butter, plus extra for frying
150g plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
30g icing sugar
pinch of salt
300ml buttermilk
2 medium eggs
small handful of dried camomile flowers (optional)

4 camomile
tea bags
250g fresh blueberries
1 tbsp honey

1. First, make the compote. Boil the kettle and measure out 400ml boiling water. Steep the camomile tea bags for 10 minutes, then squeeze them dry. Add the camomile water to a medium saucepan along with the blueberries and honey. Cook for about 20 minutes until reduced, syrupy and almost jam-like.

2. While the compote is reducing, make the pancakes. Melt the butter. Mix all the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Whisk the buttermilk and eggs together in a jug and, while whisking, slowly pour the mixture into the dry ingredients, followed by the melted butter.

3. Melt a little butter in a large nonstick frying pan over a medium heat. One small ladleful at a time, pour in the pancake batter – you should be able to make two pancakes at once. Cook for 2-3 minutes on each side or until bubbles start to form in the mixture. Ialways find that the first pancake in the pan is generally a bit of an ugly one! Continue until you have used up all the mixture. You should be able to make about six pancakes from the batter.

4. Serve the pancakes on two plates, pouring the warm compote over the top. Decorate with a few flecks of camomile flowers, if using.

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