Wednesday, 26 November 2008

Flipping Marvellous

As you all know, I have dazzlingly healthy eating habits; so when Joy The Baker posted a few weeks ago about making carrot cake pancakes my reaction was nought but glee at the idea of getting those extra vegetables in for breakfast.

Hee hoo hoo hoo. I just like the fact it has 'cake' in the name. CAKE FOR BREAKFAST, MOTHER. I TOLD YOU IT WAS THE FUTURE.

However, after the triumph of my carrot cake a few weeks back, the novelty of beta-carotene is wearing off a little.

Also I just like to be excessive, it makes me feel like a better blogger (not hard).

Also I like grating stuff.

To summarise: two batches of pancakes! (This is the kind of summary I enjoy). The first is Joy's carrot cake pancake recipe: I don't have much to bring to the party over those other than to say firmly, I APPROVE. The second is an apple pancake recipe from a book called 'Chocolate'; this is a little redundant as I left the chocolate out. Sometimes I'm so wild I scare myself.

Carrot Cake Pancakes
Adapted from the Food Network
Metric by me.

170g (1 1/4 cups) plain flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
Dash nutmeg
1 egg, lightly beaten
50g (1/3 cup) caster sugar
240ml (1 cup) milk
200gish (2 cups) finely grated carrots
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Cream Cheese Spread
120g (4 ounces) cream cheese
50g (1/4 cup) icing sugar
2 tablespoons milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 dash ground cinnamon

1. In a bowl, combine flour, pecans, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, ginger, and nutmeg. In a separate bowl, combine egg, brown sugar, milk, carrots, and vanilla; mix well.

2. Stir carrot mixture into dry ingredients until moistened. Pour batter by 1/4 cupful onto a greased hot pan. Turn when bubbles form on the top of pancake; flip and cook until golden brown.

3. For topping, blend cream cheese, powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla until smooth. Sprinkle with cinnamon, and serve with pancakes.

I've even included a photo of the pancakes cooking (l: apple, r: carrot), just in case this concept is still blowing you away a little. A cake! in a pan! What a crazy world.

Apple Pancakes
Adapted from Chocolate by Parragon

225g (8oz) plain flour

1 1/2 tsp baking powder
4 tbsp caster sugar
1 egg
1 tbsp butter, melted
300ml (10 fl oz) milk
1 eating apple
1 tsp cinnamon
(50g chocolate chips - I left these out)

1. Mix flour, baking powder, cinnamon and sugar into a bowl. Make a well in the centre and add the egg and melted butter. Gradually whisk in the milk for a smooth batter. Peel, core and grate the apple and stir it into the batter (along with the chocolate chips if you're using those)

2. As for the carrot pancakes: cook in a hot pan. Flip 'em around the kitchen with reckless abandon and alarm flatmates who should know better and innocent visitors (pay them off with pancakes they'll get over it pretty fast). Good times.


Anonymous said...

i love pancakes! i'm not too big of a fan of carrot cake but i'm definitely planning on trying that apple pancakes recipe :)

Rosie said...

Those pancakes are definitely scrummy Indigo!

Rosie x

Anonymous said...

Mmmmmm. They look really delicious!

Finla said...

Yumm i would love to have these to Marvell them :-)

Anonymous said...

I'm sure they could heal me of this godforsaken flu!
At christmas you will have to feed me them to make me feel better about not having them now!

Clumbsy Cookie said...

What? You didn't put the chocolate into the apple chocolate pancakes? Oh yes, you're so wild!

grace said...

i've never thought of pancakes as being cakes for breakfast, but perhaps that's why i love them as much as i do. i doubt i could choose between carrot cake and apple pancakes, so i'd just end up eating an embarrassing amount of both. :)

test it comm said...

Those pancakes look good! I tried making some carrot pancakes after seeing them on Joy the Baker as well. I really enjoyed them!

Anonymous said...

really it looks so tasty. very yummy.

essay best said...

I think pancakes are best for breakfast because they can be made with different variations and toppings. I do not like carrot pancakes but will try the apple pancakes.

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