Monday, 20 February 2012

Some more adventurous pancake recipes from Ocado

I don't want to overload you with pancake recipes but these ones do look particular innovative, not to mention delicious. Baked pear and caramel or lemon curd ice cream ? Decisions decisions ! ...


Baked Pear & Caramel Pancake Pudding
Serves 4 in an 8” flan dish
3-4 Conference pears
75g butter
100g light brown muscovado sugar
1 x star anise

Pancake Batter
100g plain flour
Pinch of salt
1 medium egg
300ml whole milk

  1. Preheat oven to 200C (fan)/220C Gas Mark 6
  2. Peel, core and quarter the pears
  3. In a large pan heat the butter and sugar until melted
  4. Add the quartered pears and star anise to the pan and simmer over a low heat for 5 minutes, turning the pears in the sauce occasionally
  5. Remove from the heat and transfer the pears and caramel sauce to a flan dish
  6. To prepare the batter, place the flour and salt in a bowl
  7. Beat the egg lightly with a fork, make a well in the centre of the dry mixture and add to the bowl with a little of the milk. Stir well to combine adding milk gradually until all of the flour is worked in
  8. Beat well adding the remaining milk. The batter should be the consistency of single cream
  9. Pour the batter over the pears and bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes until the middle is set and the top is golden
  10. Serve warm.

Pancakes with Lemon Curd Ice Cream
Serves 10-12
Pancake batter
125g plain flour
150ml whole milk
150ml water
2 medium eggs
2 tablespoons oil or melted butter
1 large pinch salt

Lemon curd ripple ice cream
250g Greek yogurt
750ml double cream
320g lemon curd + 160g to ripple
50g glucose
Juice of 1 lemon
Zest of 1 lemon (optional)

  1. Whip the cream until the soft peak stage. Fold through the Greek yogurt and 320g of lemon curd, the glucose syrup and the lemon juice and zest if required. Whip until the mixture is stiff
  2. Freeze the mixture in an ice cream machine and swirl through a further 160g of lemon curd before transferring to a freezer. When you want to serve it, remove from the freezer ten minutes before you need it. It’s actually best straight from the ice cream maker…
  3. Whisk the pancake batter. Heat a pan over a medium-high heat. Pour in enough batter to cover the pan with a thin layer. Cook until golden, flip and continue to cook until finished. Set the rest of the pancakes aside, keeping them in a low oven, separated with sheets of greaseproof.
  4. To serve, fold the pancakes into triangles and place a couple on each plate. Top with a couple of scoops of the ice cream.

Ham hock, Gruyere and Duck Egg Spelt Galettes
Serves 6
Pancake batter
60g stoneground spelt flour
65g plain flour
2 eggs
150ml whole milk
150ml water
1 large pinch salt
2 tablespoons flavourless oil or melted butter

180g good quality Gruyere
270g cooked ham hock
6 medium duck eggs (or hen’s eggs)
Salt & pepper
1 bunch flat–leaf parsley, finely chopped

  1. To make the batter, whisk the ingredients together till smooth
  2. Pre-heat your grill to high
  3. Put a pan over a medium-high heat. Once warm, spoon in just enough batter to cover the base of it
  4. Once cooked on one side, flip the pancake and sprinkle on the cheese and ham hock, leaving a gap in the centre. Crack in the duck egg, sprinkle over salt and pepper and place the pan under the grill
  5. Once the egg is cooked and the cheese melted, remove the pan from the grill, slip onto a plate, sprinkle some parsley over and serve.

Healthy - Spelt and buttermilk baby pancakes with poached dried fruits, Greek yogurt and honey
Serves 8-10
Pancake batter
30g stoneground spelt flour
30g plain flour
1 medium egg
140ml buttermilk
1 tablespoon flavourless oil or melted butter
1 large pinch salt

200g organic dried dark apricots
200g prunes
200g dried figs
Water to cover
1 vanilla pod
1 large pinch of toasted flaked almonds per pancake
1 dessert spoon 0% Greek yogurt
1 teaspoon runny honey
1 Earl Grey tea bag (optional)
1 Cinnamon stick (optional)

  1. Mix the pancake batter and set aside
  2. Place the fruit in a saucepan with the water and the vanilla pod (and the tea bag if using)
  3. Warm to a gentle simmer, heat for five minutes and then set aside, removing the tea bag
  4. Heat a frying pan or crepe pan up, working two at a time. Spoon in half a ladle of batter to make a pancake about 4-5mm thick and about 10cm across
  5. Once golden on one side, flip the pancakes and finish cooking. Set aside, between sheets of greaseproof paper, in a low oven until all the batter has been used
  6. Place a pancake on the plate or in a large dessert bowl; very gently squeeze a little of the liquid out of the fruit against the side of the saucepan and pile these up on the pancakes (about 3-4 bits of fruit is plenty). Spoon a dollop of yogurt on top, scatter over the almonds and drizzle over the honey
  7. You could add other dried fruits e.g. raisins, sultanas.

Ban Xeo
Serves 3-4
Pancake batter
124g rice flour
1 tablespoon flavourless oil or melted butter
¼ teaspoon turmeric
¼ teaspoon salt
175ml water
88ml coconut milk

250g cooked chicken or pork, cut into slices
150g raw shelled prawns
1 onion, sliced
1 large or 3 small spring onions, finely sliced on diagonal
100g beansprouts
1 teaspoon flavourless oil

Nuoc Cham dipping sauce
2 tablespoons sugar
4 tablespoons water
Juice of 1 lime, to taste
2 tablespoons fish sauce
2 bird’s eye chillies, finely sliced
1 clove of garlic, chopped (optional)
1 butterhead lettuce
Bunch of mint leaves
Bunch of coriander leaves
Flavourless oil such as groundnut, for frying
  1. Whisk the batter ingredients together
  2. Heat a frying or crepe pan (or a wok) to a high temperature and pour in a tablespoon of oil. When this is hot, ladle in enough of your batter to just cover the base of the pan
  3. After a few minutes, scatter the meat, onion, spring onion, the prawns and the beansprouts over half the pancake. Fold half the pancake over, pour another teaspoon or so of oil around the edge of the pancake and cover with an upturned metal bowl or a lid and cook for about 3-4 minutes, until the ingredients start to soften and the underneath of the crepe has started to turn golden and darker brown in spots
  4. While the pancake is cooking, mix together all the ingredients for the Nuoc Cham dipping sauce and whisk till the sugar dissolves. Tear the leaves from the lettuce leaving them as large as possible.
  5. Drain the pancake on some kitchen paper and pop onto a plate; to eat, tear pieces of it off and wrap up in the lettuce leaves with some of the fresh herbs. Dip into the nuoc cham and enjoy.

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  1. the Baked Pear & Caramel Pancake Pudding looks amazing!

  2. Oooh some of these do look yummy.

    We've just finished our pancakes, but as my lot are not that adventurous we stuck to sugan and lemon juice mostly. Pa had syrup on his pancakes but that's a bit too sweet for me!

    My only concession to being different is that my pancakes are made with gluten free flour (for me) and rice milk (for my youngest who is not too good with dairy)

  3. i never thought of trying pancakes with ice cream. where have i been!!!!!!