These whole wheat white bean pancakes are amazing: nice and crispy on the outside, creamy yet crumbly inside, with a sweet juiciness from the blueberries.
I remember it like it was yesterday, beautiful day, sun shining. Had not seen Nicoletta since the night before when we had dinner with my cousins Steph and Al. The day was busy getting everything ready for our wedding day, with the help of my other cousin Aldo. Picking up table linen and a neat tree filled with lights from the rental place. I had designed a gazebo out of metal with a suspended window and flower basket, that my friend Denis helped me make, along with beautiful rot iron flower jar hanging stands. Time seemed to fly and off to the Fairmont Hotel MacDonald where Aldo and I start getting ready, after leaving the gallery all set up, flowers in place, tables set, gazebo up and looking like it was an installment at the gallery. I just wanted to say that the MacDonald Hotel is this beautiful old huge establishment that overlooks the river valley here in Edmonton, Alberta Canada, that has won numerous accolades for food, service and appearance.
Butterflies in my stomach, its our wedding day, and finally I am off to the main floor to meet up with Nicoletta to get to the Alberta Art Gallery for our ceremony and reception. Wow, was all I heard, as I saw my wife standing in the gardens at the Hotel MacDonald, me with flowers in my hand and trying to hold back the tears of joy and happiness that were welling up inside me. My friend Denis lent us his BMW convertible and it was befitting the "vintage look" attire that we chose to wear for the occasion. The ceremony was beautiful, led by Laurette, a Justice of the Peace who happened to be Italian and we shared so many stories of the place she was from. Our vows written from both of us and Me trying to read through everything that I wanted to say but succumbing to the tears, but Nicoletta looking at me giving me strength to go on. The reception a stellar moment as jazz piano was being played by Andrew Glover, a great local musician with such amazing talent. Appetizers and raspberry lemon prosecco flowing, then dancing till the sun went down, all this taking place on the third floor terrace of the Art Gallery. A perfect setting, surrounded by the essence of art and the two of us being the creative souls we are, supported by our friends and family. Wonderful.
So here it is two years later, some struggles with the residency part for Nicoletta to be here, but it is done and I am so glad to have her here with me living our life together. To commemorate our two years I have woken early to make Nicoletta one of her favorite things for breakfast: pancakes, I think we all know by now that breakfast is a very important event for her. On our latest trip to B.C., specifically around Osooyos, we were at a winery called the Burrowing Owl. It was there that we found this great cook book called Spilling The Beans by Julie Van Rosendaal and Sue Duncan. It is a book filled with incredible recipes using beans of all nature, beans in the batter of pound cakes, cookies, bread, samosa, and of course pancakes. I remember driving on our trip and Nicoletta thumbing through recipes me getting hungry and her finding this recipe for pancakes. I told her I would make them for her. What better present than heart shaped whole wheat white bean pancakes, made on a cast iron pan we had found at an antique sale.
The white bean pancakes were amazing nice and crispy on the outside, this indescribable creamy yet crumbly inside and the juicy blueberries exploding with such flavor, another jewel brought home from B.C., bought at a roadside fruit stand . To finish these beauties a blueberry compote and a splash of organic maple syrup. Truly a great morning, and many more to come.
P.S. If you have a pancake lover in your household, we would definitely like to hear your story.
Happy Anniversary Amoreeeeeee! Ti Amo tanto!
- 1 cup all purpose or whole wheat flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- shake of ground cinnamon
- Pinch of salt
- ½ cup rinsed and drained canned white beans
- 1 cup milk
- 1 large egg
- 1 tbsp canola oil
- blueberries or fruit of your choosing
For the compote:
- ½ cup blueberries
- 1 cup water
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- a splash of vanilla
- In a large bowl mix together flour, baking powder, ground cinnamon, salt.
- In a food processor blend milk, white beans, egg, canola oil and puree' till smooth.
- Mix wet ingredients into dry ingredients and whisk just until combined.
- Heat a cast iron skillet, we used a heart shape pancake skillet, but use what you have.
- Place batter into pan and place blueberries into batter.
- When batter starts to form air bubbles turn over and cook for an additional minute or so.
- Compote: place blueberries, water and sugar in a pot, bring to boil and cook till it thickens, but not to thick.
- Pour over pancakes.
- Add maple syrup.
The batter doesn't have any sugar, so the fruit compote and the maple syrup are a great addition if you want some sweetness.
Yield may vary due to shape and size of pancakes.
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