Today is National Blueberry Pancake Day. But who wants blueberry pancakes just once a year? Here at the Old Parkdale Inn Bed and Breakfast we serve up hot-off-the-griddle blueberry pancakes often throughout the year.
The Hood River Valley has acres and acres of Blueberry Farms scattered among the Pear, Cherry and Apple orchards. Harvest begins usually around the first of July and last for about 5-6 weeks. During that time we serve up everything Blueberry: Lemon Blueberry Biscuits, Blueberry Buckle, Fresh Berry Shortcakes, Berry Compote to put on top of Blueberry Pancakes of course.
We freeze quite a few pounds for use through the winter. Last spring my dear neighbor gave me a sourdough starter. Now we make pancakes at least once a week using this tangy Sourdough Starter.
Sourdough Blueberry Pancakes at the Old Parkdale Inn:
The night before:
cup of sourdough starter
1 cup warm water
1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
Mix well and let ferment overnight
Reserve one cup starter and to remaining batter add:
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 Tbs sugar
2 Tbs oil
about a half cup of milk
whole wheat flour as needed
When the griddle is hot and buttered up, pour on the batter. I like to add the blueberries to the pancakes on the griddle before flipping. Adds a bit of flair to the presentation. Serve hot-off-the-griddle with a fresh berry compote. This I make with about 2 cups of blueberries, cherries, strawberries, raspberries, what fruit is available. Put fruit in a saucepan, add a little cranberry juice, 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla or fruit liquor. Throw a few fresh blueberries on top. The best!
Let us be home base for exploring and enjoying the Hood River Valley and Mt Hood National Forest. After a full day, you’ll love the peace and tranquility of the Old Parkdale Inn. Relax in the gardens, perhaps with a glass of wine from a bottle you picked up at a local winery or our wine cabinet. We can even have a bonfire, roast some s’mores, weather permitting of course.
The Hood River Fruit loop is located in the beautiful Hood River Valley at the foot of majestic Mt. Hood offering you a variety of wines, fruits, vegetables, flowers, ciders, and food. Outdoor adventures such as kayaking, windsurfing, skiing, snow boarding, and hiking await. Mt. Hood Meadows, Cooper Spur Mountain Resort, and Timberline Ski areas are only a short drive away, as is the vast Mt. Hood National Forest where trails and wildlife abound. We’ve created some enticing packages for your Stay Play and Ski Vacation on Mt Hood. During the summer months stay at the Inn and take advantage of our partnership with Wet Planet Whitewater to receive $10 your raft adventure.