Beat the milk, oil, sugar, eggs and vanilla essence together until sugar has dissolved.
Sift the flour, baking powder and salt together into a large bowl. Mix in the blueberries. Make a well in the centre and add the milk mixture. Mix until well combined and smooth. Allow to stand for at least 15 minutes before frying.
Heat a heavy based frying pan to a moderate temperature and wipe with an oiled paper towel to lightly grease.
Drop heaped tablespoonfuls of batter into the pan (making sure there are at least 3 berries in each). When bubbles rise to the surface, turn them over and cook the other sides until golden.
Serve hot or room temperature with creme fraiche or Greek yoghurt, a drizzle of honey and extra berries OR hot with butter, cinnamon and sugar.
TIP: Replace vanilla essence with zest of 1 lemon to add a refreshing zing to the batter.
Recipe reprinted with permission of Bits of Carey
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