Right. Everybody ready? Have your woolens unpacked, your summer window-screens packed up and your fireplace cleaned out? It’s Autumn here at Lick Your Own Bowl, officially as of today. Weather ignored, I’ve been obstinate here on the blog in getting the Summer over and done with before moving on to meatier things. And to start you off, a little breakfast me thinks. The always ravenous Mr P will never, ever, ever turn down a breakfast of pancakes. Say what you like, there really is nothing better than a fresh batch of pancakes for breakfast to make you feel young again. He could have scoffed down a whole roast chicken dinner the night before, pudding included and wake up saying, “I don’t know, I think I just want a coffee for breakfast” and all I have to do is smile lightly and ask, “Pancakes?” and you can see the sparkle of appetite creep back into those eyes. He’ll be setting the table and boiling the kettle for coffee before I can get a mixing bowl out.
Now, I have a little secret I carry deep in my breast and I’ll whisper it in your ear. Don’t tell a soul, you understand. What happens on this blog stays on this blog, okay? I think if I keep it secret enough it won’t actually be that true, that this little secret, if kept in a little box for long enough, will one day just cease to exist. I was diagnosed (urgh, I hate that word, non?) with a slight wheat, uh, allergy is I think the best way to describe it, and was advised to avoid wheat in my diet. Which, as you can see, is exactly what I do. But, I do try some other flours, now and again, though it must be confessed nothing to do with anything medical but rather a love for trying different flavours. I’ve not yet managed a truly wheat free recipe yet, but that will come one day. In the mean time I happily mix a variety of flours to get what I want. Chestnut and quinoa flours have featured as two of my favourites and now I can add to that Teff Flour. Teff is the smallest of the worlds grains, rich in all sorts of stuff that’s good for you and originally from Ethiopia. It’s darker than wheat and it’s texture is grainier. It’s flavour is full and somewhat nutty and I have to say, having used it in some pastries and even to thicken some sauces now, it’s a fabulous, must have flour. It seems especially suited to heavier meals in cold weather. These pancakes, which I’ve nicknamed Pancakes Noir in light of their colour and the Molasses I chose to serve them with, are really good. They’re kind of nutty and far less doughy than those made with plain flour.
*notes: whisking the dry ingredients for a minute or so helps keep the mixture airy and light. Also, when incorporating the liquids into the dry ingredients, don’t over mix. A few lumps in the batter are what you’re looking for. Trust me.
I served these yummers with black strap molasses, which I simply loved, but the more traditional Mr P stuck to maple syrup and said they were Delicious! like that too.
¾ cup teff flour
½ cup whole wheat flour
½ cup plain flour
⅓ cup corn meal (not flour)
2 Tbsp ground flax
2 ½tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
3 Tbsp dark brown, muscovado sugar
1 tsp salt
2 large eggs, beaten
1½ cups plain, fat free yogurt
+⁄- 1 cup milk
3 Tbsp butter, melted plus extra for pan
– whisk all the dry ingredients in a large bowl for about a minute until well incorporated.
– beat up the liquids together in a smaller bowl
– mix the wet into the dry in one go, mixing only long enough to just incorporate the two. Don’t over mix until smooth!
– pour the melted butter down the side of the pancakes and carefully fold into the batter.
– now, let the batter rest for about 5 to 10 minutes while you heat up a big, heavy based, non stick pan on a medium high heat.
– when the pan is quite hot ladle a soup ladle or a half cup of batter on to the pan. I can fit 3 pancakes onto one pan, but that will depend on the size of your pan. A griddle is perfect for this as well, obviously.
– when bubbles start to pop on the surface, after a minute or two, flip the pancakes and cook the other side for a couple minutes until golden brown on both sides. If you have to flip them a second time, that’s fine.