Saturday, 5 June 2010

Recipe: buckwheat cinnamon pancakes with cherries






Croissants for breakfast are a treat on day one, a guilty pleasure on day two and a cardinal sin on day three... so I risked falling out with Mdme Baguette at the boulangerie and decided to make pancakes on day three of our long weekend in the Dordogne.

It's been blissful R&R time, even though the weather has been a touch inclement. So, when the clouds came over I nipped inside and made these pancakes as a late breakfast.

I saw this recipe in BBC Good Food magazine and thought it would be perfect for our Dordogne break, where on the edge of the garden is a gnarly old cherry tree. At this time of the year the boughs and their huge bright green leaves are weighed down with fistfuls of shiny cherries in bulbous clumps.

I collected a huge basket of them and ten minutes later was eating warm pancakes with pancakes glistening with sugar crystals and cool Greek yoghurt sweetened with honey.

Ingredients
500g cherries, stoned and halved
5 tbsp golden caster sugar
140g buckwheat flour
85g self-raising flour
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
3 eggs
300ml yoghurt mixed with juice of half a lemon (I used as substitute for 284ml pot of buttermilk)
Few knobs of butter for cooking
Greek yoghurt and honey or maple syrup to serve

Put the cherries in a bowl and stir in one tablespoon of sugar. Set aside.

Mix the remaining 4 teaspoons of sugar in a large bowl with the flours, cinnamon and bicarbonate of soda. Make a well in the centre and crack the three eggs into the well. Whisk together and gradually add the yoghurt/lemon mix or buttermilk until you have a smooth batter.

Melt a knob of butter in a non-stick pan and coat the base. Each pancake is about two or three tablespoons of batter. Spoon into the pan over a medium heat and after a minute or two bubbles will appear on the surface. Flip it over and cook on the other side for less than a minute.

Serve two pancakes with a blob of yoghurt, a generous tablespoon of cherries and a drizzle of honey.

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