This recipe does require some cooking at camp and you will need a surface for frying. I generally use the frying pan from my MSR Duralite Gourmet Cookset but some sets come with a pot lid suitable for frying and that would suffice for this recipe.
You could use wild blueberries in this recipe, if you were so inclined, but I prefer to leave those for the birds and other animals. Instead of syrup you could use a little sprinkle of lemon and some powdered sugar.
chai tea pancakes
makes 2 servings
The spice of chai tea perfectly complements the blueberries in this pancake.
4 tablespoons milk powder
2 tablespoons whole powdered egg
1 cup flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar
1/4 cup dried blueberries
1 chai tea bag or enough loose tea to make 1 cup
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
maple syrup (optional)
3/4–1 cup water
Mix the milk powder, powdered egg, flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar together in a large ziplock freezer bag. Wrap the blueberries in plastic wrap and place them, along with the chai tea bag, in the freezer bag with the dry ingredients. Add butter and vegetable oil to what you will take on your trip. Pack the syrup in a leakproof bottle.
Add 1/2 cup boiling water to the chai tea bag and let steep for 3 to 5 minutes. Allow the tea to cool for a few minutes and then add 1/2 cup cool water. Add the blueberries to the dry ingredients. Add 3/4 cup of the chai mixture to the dry ingredients in the large ziplock bag. Stir to moisten and add extra water as necessary to obtain a pancake consistency. Do not overmix or the pancakes will be tough. Place a little vegetable oil in a frying pan and heat over medium flame. Pour in 1/4 of the batter and cook until the edges appear dry. Then flip and cook until the underside is golden. Repeat until you have 4 pancakes adding more oil to the pan between each pancake as necessary. Serve with a little butter and syrup if desired.
The batter is easy to manage if you make it in the ziplock freezer bag. Then simply cut off a corner of the bag and squeeze the batter into the pan. Between pancakes, be careful to situate the bag so that the batter doesn’t spill out of the cut corner.
From A Fork in the Trail by Laurie Ann March ©2008