I am so lucky to have a neighbor who has so many blackberries that she can’t eat them all. Of course, she could freeze them but prefers to give them to me. Like so many other berries, blackberries have a short season and it is important to use them as much as possible while in season. I make jams, pies and sorbets with them. They are also good with breakfast pancakes, waffels, smoothies and as toppings for yoghurts. I also use them to garnish desserts. Here is one of my favorite summer desserts.
Pancakes wirh Buttermilk Mousse and Blackberries
4-6 dessert servings
2 tbsp. powdered gelatin, 2 tbsp. water, 2½ cups buttermilk, 3 tbsp. sugar, 1 tsp. Vanilla extract, 1 cup heavy cream
Pancakes: approx. 12 pancakes
1 cup flour, 1 tbsp. sugar, 1/4 tsp. salt, 3 eggs, 2 cups milk, grated peel of a lemon, 3 tbsp. water, butter
Elderflower syrup: 1 cup eldersflower concentrated juice
To make buttermilk mousse, pour 4 tbsp. water into a small saucepan. Sprinkle powdered gelatin in. Heat the mixture over low heat, stirring continously until gelatin has dessolved. Let cool. Stir buttermilk with sugar and Vanilla extract. Pour gelatin into buttermilk mixture. Place mousse in refrigerator until almost stiff, 15-20 minutes. Beat cream until stff eaks form and take mousse out of the refrigerator.
Fold carefully whipped cream into mousse and pour mousse into a bowl. Set mousse in refrigerator until dessert should be assembled.
To make pancakes, combine flour, sugar, salt and grated lemon peel. Beat eggs and mix them with flour and a Little milk. Whisk in remaining milk together with beer and beat until smooth.
Melt butter and brush a little on the bottom of a small skillet. Pour enough batter to thinly cover the bottom and Cook the pancakes until underside is brown, turn and brown the other side. Repeat until all the batter is used. Place pancakes on a plate.
To make the elderflower syrup, cook juice in a small saucepan 15 or until it is thick. Not too thick, as it will thicken when it is cooled.
To serve, place 1 or 2 large spoonfuls of mousse in the middle of pancake and fold one side over and the second side over the mousse inside. Drizzle elderflower syrup ocver pancakes and garnish with blackberries.