All posts tagged: pancakes

Oven Baked Dutch Baby Pancakes with roasted plums and cinnamon

I love a good pancake, in fact crêpes, drop scones, Yorkshire puddings, beignets, churros, doughnuts, I am partial to pretty much anything made from batter and to be fair, there isn’t much that can’t be improved by the addition of batter in one form or another. In fact, Nottinghamshire has a long tradition of batter puddings, so I like to think I am upholding the local culinary traditions… In the course of looking for alternative Christmas desserts for an article, I came across these Dutch-style oven-baked pancakes – sort of a cross between a pancake and a Yorkshire pudding. With some seasonal roasted plums (I think rhubarb would work just as well) they make a perfect winter pudding. Serve with some good quality vanilla ice-cream. Oven Baked Dutch Baby Pancakes with roasted Plums and Cinnamon Serves 2 (You will need 2 small cast iron frying pans for this, I actually used a traditional blini pan, which worked perfectly) Ingredients • 20g butter • 2 large eggs • 100ml single cream • 120ml milk • 100g plain flour • 30g golden caster …

Pudla by Popular Demand

I made these for supper the other evening and posted the pictures on Twitter. Quite a few people asked for the recipe – so here you are. It is simple to make but a bit of a fiddle. I adapted this from a recipe by Anna Jones in The Dish. Pudla (chickpea pancakes)  – 1 green chilli (finely chopped), Half teaspoon ground coriander, half teaspoon turmeric, small bunch of fresh coriander, roughly chopped, fresh ginger (around thumb-sized) peeled and grated, 250g gram flour. Filling – 1 tablespoons toasted mustard seeds, 1 small butternut squash (grated), 3 spring onions (finely sliced), 3 cloves garlic, finely sliced, half a red chilli, thinly sliced, thumb-sized pice of ginger (peeled and grated) 2 tsp garam masala, sea salt, 150g Paneer cheese, large handful of baby spinach. I also threw in about half a teaspoon of hot “curry powder” that was in my cupboard. To serve – 1 lemon, small bunch of coriander leaves, sliced red chillies, mango chutney, yoghurt. Place all the Pudla ingredients in a blender and blitz …

Creamy Coconutty Loveliness

As you know, I wax rather lyrical about Borough Market in London. There are too many gems to write about them all, but being a bit of a pancake aficionado (I know, I haven’t shared much of this hidden talent with you yet…) I had to try these delicious-looking Thai coconut pancakes from Khanom Krok. A bit like Dutch pancakes but soft and creamy rather than crispy. Imagine a small, hot, crispy cup of warm coconutty sweet milk pudding. Yep. Amazing. I need to seek these out again. That’s it.  

I’m eggshausted…

We have a glut so I have been on a bit of promotional tour (boxing up eggs and giving them away/selling them). To be fair, before I had chickens I would have loved a box of organic eggs, from happy free-range  chickens that spend their days trashing the garden and grubbing up worms, and most people seem to feel the same. A box of eggs always raises a smile, I wonder if there is something “back to nature” about it all.    Anyway, this mild winter has meant that our hens have not stopped laying and we have been stacking them up, despite my valiant attempts to make tarts, cakes, omelettes, pancakes, egg sandwiches and goodness knows what else to use them up. The ladies responsibility for this cornucopia Lily, Nugget, Alice and Cruella won’t stay still long enough to photographed but that is my mission when I can get out in the garden again.               

Nottingham Goose Fair Gingerbread Cake (and the Trentside Cheese Riot of 1766)

Seasonal Fairs were traditionally an important means of selling and buying produce from the surrounding countryside, hiring workers for the coming season and for socialising and celebrating. Given that most roads were not much more than dirt tracks it was important that the fairs took place before the roads became muddy and impassable in the winter. Many towns had several fairs and we can see their roots in shows and fairs that still take place today – the Newark County Show held in May was originally a hiring fair for farmers to take on agricultural workers for the coming summer, and Nottingham’s Goose Fair still to this day takes place around Michaelmas, at the beginning of October. Nottingham’s Goose Fair is over 700 years old and is the oldest and largest travelling Fair in the country. It is now, of course, solely a fun fair but originally Geese were driven from Norfolk and Lincolnshire to Nottingham for sale. Geese are at their best at this time of year, and have always been the traditional dish …

Corned Beef Hash and Clam Chowder – Come take another walk with me, down to Battery Park, NYC.

And another Huge Breakfast Back to New York and check out this breakfast. Astro’s American Diner in Mid-Town Manhattan. Just around the corner from our Hotel, we found this old-school breakfast joint. Astro’s has been on 6th Ave and 55th Street for over 30 years, we stumbled across it looking for an early breakfast (it opens at 6am) and we were the first customers in. Not knowing the patch we just hoped we had chosen wisely, but not to worry, within half an hour the place was completely full, so clearly the locals knew its charms. Seems to be largely family run by New York Greek/Cypriots and if you are hungry and heading for a heavy day of sightseeing, this will set you up nicely, and the coffee is strong enough to stand a spoon in and just keeps coming.              Husband had the (huge) corned beef hash, with eggs –  and managed to finish it, Daughter had the waffle and Canadian-style bacon and I had the pancakes, American bacon and two eggs, over-easy …

Huge New York Breakfasts – Rue 57, Mid-Town Manhatten – American, French Brasserie with Sushi Bar. Yep. Really

Our last day in New York, so we needed setting up for the long day ahead. We had spotted this a few days earlier and decided, given that the rain (the only rain we had all week) had put paid to our notion of boating in Central Park we would treat ourselves to a leisurely breakfast. Rue 57 is just a few blocks from Central Park in Mid-town Manhattan (I am getting the hang of this, of you see), and a short walk from our hotel. Executive Chef, Rich Robson has brought a bit of Asian influence to traditional European dishes and then thrown in a large dose of American. The thing about American Breakfasts I have found, is this – they are huge. Even American, French, Asian ones, are huge.   Daughter tried to go light with a Smoked Salmon, cream cheese and tomato Bagel, she’s a growing lass and she loved it, but couldn’t finish it. I went with gloriously indulgent Eggs Florentine with Bacon, Spinach and Shitake mushrooms. It was so huge …