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Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Choco-Coffee Scotch Pancakes w/ layered Baked-Apple & Bacon strips

Aimer, c'est agir. {to love is to act}
--Victor Hugo 
 When the heart (& tummy) are calling, It's wise to take action! 
Friendship, Love, Joy and Happiness -----> two-way street + interaction. 
Nothing beats homey choco-coffee scotch pancake, layered brown-butter-grilled apple, dark chocolate-drizzled bacon strips...s/w wild-flower honey or maple syrup & homey soy yogurt! Really worth my sweat on Sunday morning! 

I personally love the taste of "Sucré-Salé" {literally translated as sweet 'n' salty}tapas. Anne's favourite
a slice of french bread, topped with Brie cheese, grilled...and s/w maple syrup. or without maple syrup but with caramelized onion...hmmmm...
Today's dark chocolate drizzled bacon strips (grilled) = my first it too!
My confession: 
In fact, I made coffee-glazed bacon...then I did the washing whilst leaving the bacon strips in the mini-oven... without timer-setting. It turned out that all the strips became "charcoal". I felt terribly sorry for my tummy...for the untimely loss of coffee-glazed bacon...(sigh) 
Luckily enough that the fire alarm didn't beep...and no screaming neighbours... phew!!!

p.s No matter what goes wrong....Life goes on!
Dark chocolate is calling...I've got to go now...

For baked apples:
Core the apples and slice into 4 pieces each. 
Sprinkle with lime juice. Place the apple slices in a buttered foil dish, 
fill with brown sugar and dot with butter. Bake at 180 for 15-20 minutes. 
The making of choco-coffee pancake...with a normal small-sized pan..
.for those who haven't got any griddle pan.
* One tablespoon of mixture makes one 6 cm-Ø- pancake
(even smaller than traditional scotch pancakes which is at about 3.5 in / 9 cm in diameter
So you can have a good excuse for being immoderate...size does matter...oh yes!
For the pancakes:
220 g plain flour, sifted
1 tablespoon cacao powder
1 teaspoon instant coffee
1,5 tablespoon caster sugar
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
2 eggs
300 ml milk 
(alternatively butter milk or single cream)
1 teaspoon brandy or vanilla rum or water
50 g butter, melted
butter for frying
  • Sift the flour, cacao powder, coffee powder, cream of tartar, bicarbonate of soda into a bowl. Stir in sugar. Make a well in the centre and break in the eggs. Work the flour into the eggs and gradually add the milk, brandy or vanilla rum and melted butter to make a smooth and thick batter.  Cook the batter as soon as it is prepared.
  • Heat a heavy frying flat pan, about 16 cm diameter (or ideally, a griddle pan), add a knob of butter and as soon as it begins to foam, hold a spoonful of batter high above the pan and drop the batter, holding the spoon vertically. Cook until bubbles appear and edges begin to dry but still slightly moist on top . Then turn and cook the other side until golden brown. Repeat with remaining batter. To keep the pancakes warm until all the batter has been cooked, place them in a heated dish lined with warmed tea-towel and cover.
  • When ready to serve, decorate the plate with dark chocolate circles, cherry tomatoes, bran flakes and dried raisins. Sandwich eachh pancake with baked apple slices. Top with dark chocolate drizzled bacon strips (grilled or baked) and serve immediately with wild honey or maple syrup and soy yogurt or whipped cream. Enjoy!


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