Family Favourite Molasses Blueberry Pancakes

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There’s nothing I love more than fluffy blueberry pancakes.

This is my childhood recipe for pancakes, with a touch of molasses added for a little oomph.

The original recipe is from a children’s book we had when I was growing up, called

Old Black Witch.


In the story, the grumpy old witch ends up being nicer than she looks.

She makes excellent pancakes.

And she turns the bad guys into toads.

No matter how many other pancake recipes I try, this is the one I always come back to. The pancakes are fluffy and the recipe doubles well. Leftover pancakes can be frozen and come in handy on weekday mornings when breakfast is sometimes rushed. In fact, I always double the recipe and often mix in some whole wheat or spelt flour. If you double it you can also replace ½ cup of the milk with plain yogurt.

Fluffy blueberry pancakes with a touch of molasses

Old Black Witch’s Blueberry Pancakes

(Slightly adapted)

  • 1 ¼ cups flour (can use up to ½ cup of whole grain flour)
  • 2 ½ tsp baking powder
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • ¾ cup of milk
  • 1 to 2 Tbsp Grandma Fancy Molasses
  • 3 Tbsp oil
  • ½ cup blueberries (optional)
  1. Combine dry ingredients in a medium bowl.
  2. In a larger bowl combine the wet ingredients.
  3. Add the dry to wet then stir in the blueberries (if using).
  4. Then chant Old Black Witch’s incantation:
  5. “Gobble dee gook with a wooden spoon. The laugh of a toad at the height of the moon.”
  6. Drop by ¼ cup measure on a medium-hot, well-greased frying pan.
  7. Flip when the batter is set and the edges lose their wet look.
  8. Keep warm until ready to eat.
  9. Drizzle with a maple syrup, or a molasses maple syrup blend (3 Tbsp maple syrup and 1 Tbsp molasses)

*From the book Old Black Witch, by Wende and Harry Devlin, published in 1963.


Fluffy blueberry pancakes make a fast and easy meal


12 thoughts on “Family Favourite Molasses Blueberry Pancakes

  1. Heather Coulson says:

    It says 1 2 TBSP molasses in the recipe…does that mean 1 to 2 Tbsp or twelve???

    1. Bridget says:

      Hi Heather,
      1 to 2 Tbsp. (Strange how that dash doesn’t show up.) Thanks for pointing it out. I’ll change the wording so it’s good and clear.

  2. Henry says:

    I loved this book Bridget, I should check the book shelf to see if it is still there!

    1. Bridget says:

      Henry, did you grow up eating these pancakes too?! Can you imagine how long it took our moms to cook enough pancakes to feed us all?

  3. diannecprice says:

    Have used many of your recipes from both the book and e mails ; They remind me of my grandmothers house on the weekends when molasses was always on the table and in the closet

    1. Bridget says:

      I’m so pleased you’re using the recipes. Do you have any favourites?

  4. Lynda says:

    I have never added sugar to any of my pancake recipes or salt. I just think if you are going to be adding a sweet topping, like maple syrup why the need for sugar.
    Now I really like molasses and I use it in almost any baking recipe that I make.(I replace the white sugar with brown/molasses) So my question is can I put in the molasses without the sugar in this pancake recipe? How would it affect the recipe? Or is this just for taste?
    Thank you

    1. Bridget says:

      Hi Lynda,
      The original recipe called for 3 Tbsp of white sugar so I just replaced one Tbs with molasses. The molasses flavour is wonderful. They’d be great with 1-2 Tbsp of molasses only (no white sugar). I agree with you, pancakes don’t need to be sweet since you eat them with syrup.

  5. vera says:

    i just love getting these recipes. i will try those pancakes soon i’m sure everyone will k=like them. i also love watching your videos. keep it up.
    have a great day

    1. Bridget says:

      Hi Vera,
      I’m glad you love the recipes. I’ll post some more pancake photos today so you can see how fluffy they are!

  6. Carol says:

    sounds great! Love the pen and ink drawings! You’ve mentioned that book before.Childhood books can be very important.

    1. Bridget says:

      Hi Carol! I used this same recipe in one of my KV Style columns, but this time I added a little molasses to the batter. It transformed them! True about childhood books. Funny how all of my favourites have the bset illustrations.

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