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Sunday, 29 June 2014

Vanilla Scotch Pancakes s/w Dark Chocolate Ganache

Rainy Sunday's Tea/Coffee Break: 
Vanilla Scotch Pancakes 
(again??? Pancake Festival ...ehhh, Miss Anne ?!?) 
s/w Dark Chocolate Ganache & wild honey or maple syrup.
— feeling Pancake at via AnnaVanilla.
{For dark chocolate ganache}
150 g dark chocolate
75 ml whipping cream
  • Chop the chocolate and melt in a bowl over hot water. Remove the bowl from the heat and set aside. Heat the cream until hot, but not simmering, and pour it into the chocolate. Stir the cream and the chocolate together until well combined. Continue stirring until the mixture has cooled and is smooth and glossy.
{For the pancakes}
225 g plain flour, sifted
1 tablespoon caster sugar
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
2 eggs
300 ml milk
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
(alternatively butter milk or single cream)
1 teaspoon brandy or vanilla rum or water
50 g butter, melted
butter for frying
  • Sift the flour, 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 , vanilla essence 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.
  • Serve with dark chocolate ganache, maple syrup (or wild honey) and a scoop of vanilla ice-cream (or whipped cream or plain yogurt). 
Did you know......that today is Waffle Iron Day? Waffle Iron Day celebrates this great kitchen gadget that makes tasty waffles. The waffle dates back to the 1300s when Greeks cooked flat cakes between two metal pans and topped them with cheese and herbs.
If you don't have a waffle iron, today is a good day to go out and buy one. If you are too busy to make waffles yourself, buy some frozen in your fav. grocery store, or order them out at a restaurant or a cafe-bistro. Either way, please enjoy your waffles! 


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