Happy Pancake Day!

Happy Pancake day – here is one of our favourite recipes from the British Larder…..

Pancake Day, The British Larder Way! Raspberry, Lime and  Coconut Pancakes

Where is the year going!?! Well it’s nearly  Shrove Tuesday, which is  the last day before Lent and known to everyone as Pancake Day.

We love a good pancake, there are so many different shapes and techniques but  everyone has their own special recipe to enjoy this indulgent and delicious  snack.

Today I made fluffy, spongy, sweet and superbly yummy pancakes. I have chosen  to make mine fairly small, 6cm in diameter to be precise, well it allows me to  be indulgent and they do look rather pretty on a plate. I have served these for  breakfast with a large dollop of crème fraîche, a swizzle of local honey and a  big squeeze of lime juice.

Actually to be completely honest I did not buy any of the ingredients to make  this delicious breakfast, it was more a make it up as you go along idea. In my  terms whatever I have in the larder.

I found one lime, plenty of fresh free range eggs, dessicated coconut that I  bought a while ago to make lamingtons, which  never got made and then the  berries from the freezer. I love my freezer, or shall I say freezers. We have  nothing of great value stored in them. Mainly frozen seasonal berries and  fruits, ginger, lemongrass, chillies, home made curry pastes, chicken stock and  even more berries!

Mr.P’s dad Roy has the most fantastic redcurrant bush that produces more  berries than the three households in the family could possibly eat in one  season; hence I store them so that we can enjoy them the year round. The same  goes for the raspberries, we had a fantastic harvest last summer and finally the  last few went into this recipe. The combination of raspberries and redcurrants  is one of my favourites, bizarrely they work incredibly well together. I suppose  the raspberries counteract the sharpness of the redcurrants and visa versa, I  make a stonklingly good Raspberry and Redcurrant Jam that I class as my signature  jam.

I hope this recipe will encourage and inspire you to make up your own Shrove  Tuesday delight, go on rummage through your larder it’s amazing what one can  find. You could make savoury or sweet pancakes or why not go the whole hog and  make both!

Happy flipping,but make sure they do not stick to the ceiling!

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Pancake Day, The British Larder Way! Raspberry, Lime and Coconut Pancakes

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  • 135g plain flour
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • Zest of one lime, keep the juice to serve with the panckaes
  • 25g melted unsalted butter + extra butter to fry the pancakes in
  • 130ml milk
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 egg whites
  • 25g honey
  • 40g dessicated coconut
  • 100g mixed frozen raspberries and redcurrants
  • crème fraîche, to serve

Sift the flour, baking powder and salt into a bowl, add the lime zest and set  aside.

Whip the egg whites till they become foamy and aerated, add the honey and  continue whipping until the meringue forms soft peaks, fold the dessicated  coconut into the meringue.

Whisk the egg yolks, milk and melted butter together and fold the wet  ingredients into the flour to form a batter, if the flour makes lumps do not  worry as these will dissolve however do not over mix the batter as this will  make the pancakes tough.

Fold the coconut meringue and frozen berries into the batter, use a large  spoon and do not overwork the batter.

Heat some butter in a large non-stick frying pan and once the butter starts  to foam, spoon tablespoons of the batter into the pan to make approximately 6cm   diameter pancakes. Once the pancakes turn golden brown  flip them  over and continue cooking them on the reverse side until golden brown. Drain the  pancakes on kitchen paper.

Serve warm with a large dollop of crème fraîche, a swizzle of honey and a  generous squeeze of lime juice.

Makes approximately 28 6cm pancakes

Food Fanatics Tip

I have used frozen fruits from my freezer which were left from my summer  harvest. You can use any berries of your choice however I recommend that you use  them from frozen, do not defrost the berries as they become shapeless and looses  all their juiciness.

Read more: http://www.britishlarder.co.uk/pancake-day-the-british-larder-way-raspberry-lime-and-coconut-pancakes/#ixzz2Kh0yW68x

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