This month’s Breakfast Club is hosted by Krithi’s Kitchen and she has chosen “Pancakes” as the theme. Now, I have a confession: whilst I make crêpes from time to time, I’ve never made pancakes before. Oh my God, shock horror, etc. Yes, I am 22 and have never made pancakes. I actually just never really think to make them, perhaps because they’re not something my mum ever made for me (they’re not very French). Though having said that, my mum never really made muffins either (they’re also not very French), and I absolutely love them and bake them on a regular basis. So that’s actually a bit of a crap excuse. Whatever the reason though, the point is that I’ve never made pancakes.
Whilst this means that I get to try something completely new (to me), it also means that I don’t have a tried-and-tested basic pancake recipe to expand on. Or any pancake recipes in general actually – though the internet rapidly solved that issue. The only rules for this challenge were no beef (easy), no pork (easy) and no alcohol (I’m a student, so uhmmm… Just kidding – I can cope) which gave me a wide scope for experimenting. I had some dried figs that I wanted to use up, and decided to pair them up with orange after nearly taking myself out when I knocked off a jar of orange blossom honey of a shelf in my cupboard (things falling from the sky is not my usual source of inspiration, but whatever works).
So having decided on a combination of fig and orange (which work wonderfully well together, by the way!) I found a blueberry pancake recipe online that looked straightforward enough, and sort of adapted it as I went along. This could have gone horribly wrong, but thankfully didn’t. I’m actually quite happy with my first attempt at pancakes – whilst they might not be all that presentable, they tasted lovely. The dried fig sweetened the pancakes up a little as did the honey (unsurprisingly), whereas the orange zest and juice made them taste quite fresh and light. Because the recipe made 12 pancakes and there’s only 1 of me, and well, it’s “Ball Season” at the moment, so becoming obese isn’t really one of my goals (getting all my dresses altered would be a bit of a pain), I had a bunch of leftover pancakes. I toasted some of them for breakfast this morning and guess what? Scrumptious! Though the amount of honey that I
drowned them in drizzled all over them may have somewhat nullified my whole I-probably-shouldn’t-eat-12-pancakes thought process. Oops. Totally worth it though, and I’ll just take a little trip to the gym – sorted!
Fig & orange pancakes
Adapted from Verses from my Kitchen
Make sure to chop the fig as finely as possible and spread the chopped fig out a little so that you don’t end up with a clump of fig bits in the middle of the pancake. The pancakes can be made as big or as small as you like, though you’ll obviously have to adjust the cooking times accordingly. Any leftover pancakes can be stored in an airtight box and toasted for breakfast the next day and served with honey or butter. I served these with orange blossom honey because I happened to have some, but acacia honey would also be lovely.
80g dried figs
1 unwaxed orange
125g self-raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
Pinch of salt
1 large egg
About 250ml milk
20g butter + extra for cooking
Honey, to serve
1. Chop the dried figs as finely as possible, and mix with the finely-grated orange zest in a small bowl. Sift and mix together the flour, baking powder and salt in a large bowl.
2. Juice the orange and make the liquid up to 300ml. Add to a medium bowl with the egg and whisk together. Make a small well in the dry ingredients and add the liquid progressively, whisking until smooth. Gently stir in the melted butter, chopped figs and orange zest.
3. Melt a knob of butter over medium heat in a large non-stick frying pan. Drop about 2 large tbsp of into the pan for each pancake (you’ll have to do this in batches) and cook for around 3 mins or until small bubbles start to form on the top surface. Flip and cook further for about 2 mins.
4. Serve drizzled with honey and extra chopped figs if you have any.