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Blueberry Picking Time

Aaron and Zoe picking blueberries
Blueberry Picking Time

Time To Pick Blueberries

Each year I seem to write about picking blueberries from my in-law’s 60-year-old blueberry bush. This year will be no different. With the beautiful weather, we have been going out each day to pick a quart or two.

 

The first picking, my grandson Aaron informed all of us that we needed to take them ALL to G.G. (great-grandma Jane) because, as he firmly stated: She makes the BEST Blueberry Lemon Bread. And honestly, she does. But, the best thing was later that day, my father-in-law brought us down a loaf! YUMMY!!

 

I gave most of the second picking to my daughter as the bush is on her property, and it seemed only fair. I kept a few, and for my husband, on Father’s day, I made Blueberry Cheesecake Rolls. Using the Pillsbury can of crescents!! Not bad!

 

My Grandmother’s Blueberry Pancakes

 

Now I have a hankering for my grandmother, Rose Behnke’s, famous never been re-created Blueberry Pancakes! I have written about my attempts before and about the recipe from her that I framed. However, this time I mentioned it to my Uncle Albert, and he sent me a spreadsheet of all the other recipes he found that she wrote down over the years. It appears she keeps adding more eggs to the ingredients! These pancakes were more of a crepe, but she called them pancakes.

 

I spent some time this morning trying to get my mother to explain the process. Mom mentioned that my grandmother used the old cast iron skillet, which I seem to recall. I am just not sure how in the world she flips them. I have visions of blueberries and mix all over my kitchen. Later I learned from my Uncle that he never saw her flip these, but she would carefully turn them in the pan. After 43 years of trying to make them as my ‘OMA’ did, I think it won’t happen. Maybe she just never wanted to share the recipe. She was a Julia Child sort of cook. She would say a little of this and a little of that as she picked up a fist full of flour! Now Steffie, set the table while I do this!

Blueberry Pancake UPDATE

UPDATE from my cousin Carl Behnke

After reading today’s article I got the following photo from my cousin the Chef! His wife sent me the following; Carl makes an excellent rendition of Oma’s blueberry pancakes! We can’t have them often or we would each weigh a ton!!!! But, oh, they’re so good!!!

So apparently Chef Carl is the keeper of our Grandmother’s recipes! He just wrote to tell me he is writing them down in a book so I am hoping to get a copy of said book! I wonder if he has her famous Apple Kuchen? To Carl, Thank you so very much for sending the receipe. Now just come visit and teach me HOW!!! Love you!

Carl Behnkes Blueberry Pancakes
Carl Behnkes Blueberry Pancakes

Stephanie Fleming was raised at Behnke’s Nurseries in Beltsville. Her Mom, Sonja, was one of Albert & Rose Behnke’s four children. She was weeding from the moment she could walk and hiding as soon as she was old enough to run, so many weeds, so little time. Although she quickly learned how to pull out a perennial and get taken off of weed pulling duty.

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  1. Carl makes an excellent rendition of Oma’s blueberry pancakes! We can’t have them often or we would each weigh a ton!!!! But, oh, they’re so good!!!

    1. Hi there!! I think I have photos of the bush on other articles I have written over the years. I will try and take a far away photo of it the next time I am out back with my camera.
      S

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