Hello lovely people! Hope your Chinese New Year was fantabulous! I arrived back on the 3rd day just in time to enjoy a day with my extended family who came over to our house to enjoy my mum’s cooking. It was a really enjoyable day that made me think that sometimes, I actually do like the Lunar New Year.
Anyways, in line with the new year, my pancake obsession has returned! I had bought a pancake recipe book in Tokyo and whilst reading the Jamie Oliver magazine on the aeroplane, had spied a deliciously enticing recipe of pears + apples + nuts sauteed with honey…. which triggered a serious urge for me to combine the two together and make some glorious pancakes for the family!
This combination was divine and my dad enjoyed it so much, he had it for breakfast and lunch. And because it was so good and very easy to make, I really had to share it with everyone!
Serves up to 3-4 people.
Jamie Oliver Magazine Feb/Mar 2013
HONEY-FRIED APPLES & PEARS
20g Unsalted Butter
2 Apples (Pink Lady), cored and cut into wedges
2 Pears, cored and cut into wedges
A Pinch of Ground Cardamom (I recplaced with 1/2 tsp of cinnamon powder instead)
50g Toasted Hazelnuts, roughly chopped
Fat-free natural yoghurt, to serve
Melt the butter in a pan over a medium heat, then add the apple and pear wedges. Cook for about 3 minutes, until starting to colour, then stir through the honey and continue to cook for 5-8 minutes, until the fruit is soft and honey is caramelized and coats the fruit. Mix in the cardamom and most of the hazelnuts (reserving some to garnish) then serve immediately with a blob of yoghurt, a drizzle of honey sauce and sprinkling of reserved hazelnuts. *I didn’t add the yoghurt to mine cause I like it sweet!
This recipe has been adapted from Hanako PANCAKE BOOK. (sorry if maybe the directions aren’t very well-written. I translated it from Japanese and I’m sure you’re aware by now my writing skills are pretty bad… so I apologize. Hope it’s easy to understand though!)
200g Plain Flour
1/2 Tsp Cinnamon Powder
2g Baking Powder
15g Unsalted Butter (melted)
25g Caster Sugar
Sift the plain flour, cinnamon powder and baking powder into a bowl. Separate the egg whites and egg yolks into separate bowls. In the bowl with the egg yolks, add half the milk and mix well. Then mix in the flour mixture well, followed by the remaining half of the milk. Then mix in the melted butter and set aside.
Using a hand-mixer, whisk the egg whites gently for 1 minute until foamy then add all the caster sugar and whip until glossy and has stiff peaks. Scoop half of the whisked egg whites into the other bowl and fold it in. Once all well incorporated, fold in the remaining half. Your batter is now done!
I’m not too sure on how everyone cooks their pancakes, but I know there are just a few things to take note of… You should use a non-stick pan. You don’t need to grease the pan but if you’re worried, you can definitely use a little bit of butter. Don’t cook the pancake for too long cause it might turn rubbery. And make sure the heat is set to low-medium.
Stack those pancakes and add your apple+pear topping and you have yourself a lovely pancake meal! Enjoy! xx