Tuesday, 8 March 2011
Yayy!! It's pancake day and I just can't wait to show you what I came up with! I think I did myself proud with this one.
I was sitting in bed last night thinking . . . what is the scrummiest, yummiest version of pancakes that I could possibly make . . . hmmm . . .
Something so completely deliciously hedonistic, and pushing the envelope of taste just that little bit further . . .
Something that will have people drooling and scrambling into the kitchen to make . . . right . . . away!
I thought and thought, and then it came to me . . . Sticky Toffee Pancakes. Yes, that traditional British pudding, hailing from the Lake District . . . except in a dessert pancake!
Imagine it . . . fluffy Scotch Pancakes, stogged full of sticky dates, all light and fluffy . . . topped with a scoop of really good Vanilla Bean Ice Cream . . . and then slathered with a warm Sticky Toffee Sauce . . . mmmm . . . can you taste it???
Oh darn . . . I guess you'll just have to make them for yourself and see how good they are first hand. You won't regret it. I think this is the perfect way to celebrate pancake day!
Oh sure . . . you could just make the pancakes, and they would be excellent served with maple syrup, and not to bad health wise either . . . but why not go whole hog and make the sticky toffee sauce!!!
Why not indeed!
*Sticky Toffee Pancakes*
Makes 12 pancakes
Your favourite pudding in a pancake. Perfect dessert for pancake day. Delicious!
6 ounces pitted dates, diced (a scant cup)
250ml of boiling water (1 cup)
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
250ml of sour cream (1 cup)
255g of self raising flour, sifted (2 cups)
3 ounces soft light brown sugar (1/2 cup packed)
3 large free range eggs, separated
For the sauce:
6 ounces soft light brown sugar (1 cup, packed)
7 ounces of unsalted butter (1 cup less 2 TBS)
250ml of double cream (1 cup)
First make the sauce. Place all the ingredients in a saucepan and heat, without boiling, until the butter has melted, whisking the whole time. Simmer for 3 to 5 minutes until thickened. Keep warm while you make the pancakes.
Place the dates into a bowl and pour the boiling water over top. Stir in the baking soda and let stand for 5 minutes. Drain and then place in a blender along with the sour cream. Blitz until smooth.Sift the flour into a bowl and whisk together with the brown sugar. Make a well in the centre. Pour in the date mixture, along with the egg yolks. Mix together to make a smooth batter. Whisk the egg whites with an electric whisk until soft peaks form. Gently fold into the pancake batter, half at a time.
Heat a large non-stick skillet over medium high heat. Add a knob of butter. Once it begins to foam, drop in the pancake batter by heaped tablespoonful's. Cook until bubbles form on the surface and the bottoms are browned. Flip over and cook the other side. Remove and keep warm while you cook the remaining pancakes in the same way, using up the remainder of the batter. Serve warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top and the toffee sauce spooned over all.
Note - You can add 1/2 cup chopped toasted pecan nuts to the toffee sauce.