When I was just a wee little witch, one of my favorite books to read with my mom was “Old Black Witch” by Wende and Harry Devlin. It's a cute and quirky little story about a mom and her son who move and plan to open a tea room. But to their surprise, there's a witch living in the building they buy and she refuses to leave and plays pranks on them in an effort to make them give up. In the end, they form a friendship over the witch's delicious pancakes--and there's nothing my mom and I love more than a story of food bringing people together.
And best of all, on the back of the book was a recipe to make the witch's pancakes! My mom and I love breakfast foods of all kinds, but blueberry pancakes were something we especially adored. I was thinking fondly of it recently and figured it was time to dig the recipe out and give it a try some lazy morning!
Bewitching Blueberry Pancakes
- 1 1/4 cups flour
- 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 3 Tablespoons sugar
- 3/4 teaspoons salt
- 1 egg, beaten
- 3/4 cup milk
- 3 Tablespoons melted fat or oil
- 1/2 cup washed blueberries
Mix everything together in a large bowl and as you stir in the blueberries last (this is the magic part) say three times:
Gobble dee gook
With a wooden spoon
The laugh of a toad
At the height of the moon!
Pour on a hot griddle and watch. You can make things disappear just like Old Black Witch. Put three pancakes in front of any boy or girl and watch them go!
They came out perfect! Just stick to the recipe and make sure your pan or griddle isn't too too hot and they'll be fluffy little dreams. As a special treat, I ended up making some homemade whipped cream and topping my pancakes with that, butter, blueberry compote, berries, and lots of syrup!