Dutch Pancakes, Blueberry Plant, Coffee and Buskers – All at the Rotary’s Monster Street Market, Bright, Victoria

by Jacqueline · November 07, 2018

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I spent the weekend past in Bright, oh what a wonderful place it is! Every direction I looked I found myself surrounded by beautiful mountains, trees and flowers. I could hear the sounds of birds singing and the river flowing, all of which made this place like one from a dream.

As it does multiple times throughout the year, the town of Bright held a market for locals and visitors – on Monday it was the day of the Rotary’s Monster Street Market. The weather of the day was typical Victorian weather with four seasons in one day, and the atmosphere of the market was incredible. There were buskers of all ages scattered throughout the streets sharing their talent with passers by, and food stalls ample in number and variety.

The smell of freshly ground coffee filled the air from a nearby stall, as the sun began to come out from behind the clouds, both of which were warming after the cold morning. I had a cappuccino, strong in flavour and a great accompaniment for my exploration of the market.

As we were journeying around, my brother and I spotted the Dutch Pancakes van which travels to the local markets. We joined the queue, for around ten minutes (it was well worth the wait!), and purchased some Dutch Pancakes with the lot – sugar, homemade maple syrup, lemon and butter. These small Dutch Pancakes were delicious and soft, freshly cooked while we waited in line, and the combined flavours of butter and lemon were so good that I even drank the remaining juicy toppings in the bowl!

There were also a few plant stalls throughout the market, something I always enjoy looking at. I purchased a blueberry plant; it was a good size for planting, just under a meter tall. I know it’s a bit early, but I excitedly began thinking of some food I can make with my very own home grown blueberries. Yoghurt, muesli bar, muffins and pie came to mind – I wonder if this summer my plant will bring some blueberries to cook with.

The photo I’ve attached with this blog post is of two Dutch Pancakes. Yes, the bowl was full and yes I wanted to take a photo of them before we started eating but I somehow became lost in excitement and just ate them haha! However, I remembered just in time to take a photo while some remained, and in the photo it looks like a Smiley Face Dutch Pancake 😀

Now my brother and I want to eat some more. I found a recipe on taste.com.au for Dutch Pancakes, and will see how I go recreating these little balls of delight! Here’s Taste’s Dutch Pancake recipe, otherwise I’ve put the recipe below, so you can have a go too!

 

Oma’s poffertjes

Ingredients

  • 1 2/3 cup self-raising flour
  • 2 tablespoons caster sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 cups (375ml) milk

Method

  1. Sift flour into a bowl. Stir in sugar. Make a well in the centre. Whisk vanilla, egg and milk together in a jug. Add to well. Beat together for 2 minutes until smooth and fluffy. Cover and stand for 20 minutes
  2. Heat a large frypan over medium heat. Spray with cooking oil. Drop ½ a tablespoon of batter into pan. Repeat to make 8 mini pancakes. Cook for 2 minutes or until bubbles start to form on surface. Turn over. Cook for 1 minute or until golden and cooked through. Cool on wire rack.
  3. Repeat with remaining mixture, greasing pan between additions.
  4. Serve warmed with butter and icing sugar or with maple syrup and berries.

 

Blog Post by Jacqueline – Co-founder of My Apron.