Happy Pancake Day!
I have decided to start my pancake day with these caramelised apple pancakes, maple butter and a dollop or two of thick yoghurt.
In our house, pancakes are enjoyed American style for breakfast and crepe style for dessert. These pancakes are my take on the classic American style with the added bonus of little chunks of cooked apple. The pancakes have been lightly spiced with cinnamon to compliment the apple and the topping – well that is quite something.
Have you ever tried date butter? Well neither had I until recently. Then I made it and, wow! I have always been a huge fan of Moose Maple Butter but from now on this maple date butter will be a permanent fixture in my fridge and it’s about as easy to make as whipped cream. It is really good spread onto crumpets or you can use it as your sweetener for natural yogurt. Try dipping chunks of banana into it and it becomes almost banoffee-like. Its fudgy, caramel-like, Speculooos whipped texture is totally winning me over and the maple syrup is there simply to give it a maple hint because I love it and wanted to include it. This added sweet note can be omitted or you could substitute it with a pinch of cinnamon or leave it out. The date butter will be fine au naturel. Make it, I promise you, it’s divine.
If you are thinking that pancakes are just too much of an effort to make, especially when you can buy them so easily, why don’t you do what I do and make them in advance? I make up a batch during the day, zip lock them, then I just re-heat them in the oven or toast them at the last minute. You could keep a batch in the freezer. They make a brilliant quick breakfast/after school treat and pancakes definitely deserve to be eaten more than once a year on Pancake day.
What is your favourite way to eat pancakes?
Here are a few more perfect pancakes to inspire you…
Fluffy coconut & quark American pancakes – Supergoldenbakes
Coconut pancakes – The Crafty Larder
Nutella spelt pancakes – Baking Queen
Banoffee pancakes – Penne for your Thoughts
Choc chip & raisin scotch pancakes – Tinned Tomatoes
Welsh pancakes – Tin & Thyme
Scotch pancakes – Coriander Queen
Blueberry & banana pancakes – Fab Food 4 All