Last Sunday my brother wanted pancakes. It was when I started looking for a recipe – starting here on my blog, of course – that I realized I did not have a basic or standard pancake recipe already posted, unless one can count these coconut flour pancakes. But I did not have coconut flour on hand. So, gathering what flours I did have on hand and scouring the Internet for gluten-free pancake recipes, I came up with these.
They were originally chocolate pancakes, with chocolate chips and strawberries, from With Style and Grace. I didn’t change much, except for leaving out the cocoa powder and not using either chocolate chips or strawberries. I added an extra egg, and also used honey. My Mum found a blackberry blossom honey and it is exquisite: it’s sweet like sugar and really lends itself to everything we’ve used it in (flognarde, especially chocolate sauce, and now these pancakes).
In short, these pancakes were a hit! They’re fluffy and don’t at all become tough as they cool. We ate them with butter and drizzled honey or jam spread on top. I needed to make a double recipe, in fact; while all the while that song from Matilda started to play in my head. (If you’ve seen the movie, I’m sure you know the one. One of my favourite scenes from the movie was with Matilda making pancakes.)
In my first year of food blogging I posted a recipe for a chocolate sauce that uses just coconut milk, cocoa powder, and honey. It’s a sauce and it can also thicken to the consistency of a pudding after a time in the fridge (strangely, this has only been the case with canned coconut milk without any gums; when I made it with a brand of canned coconut milk that had guar gum, it never became as thick as pudding and remained a sauce). I’ve been making it again recently (a lot) and it was with this in mind that I decided to experiment and use it as a base for a chocolate mousse.
Today is New Year’s Eve – now, depending on where you are in the world, it could be mere hours before 2013 or you’re already in the New Year. I’ve never abbreviated New Year’s Eve in my communications, so the last few days have been lived in some confusion whenever I saw NYE until I figured out what the letters stood for.
For Christmas, I made a flognarde and a crustless pumpkin pie. The flognarde (flow-nyard) was a little different this time, using hazelnut flour whereas before I’ve always used almond flour. It was also the first time I’ve ever used hazelnut flour. I was anxious that it wouldn’t work (hazelnuts’ association with chocolate was too close for me) but I sallied forth, with my efforts paying off, thankfully. It’s a moister flognarde and we all agree that we like it better with the hazelnut flour than almond flour.
When I made it with blackberries, it was an inspired move and that proved to be a success with everyone. The blackberries, especially ripe ones, work well with the apples and currants.