Delicious, Topped Pancakes

Pancake with Fruit, Walnuts , Chocolate and Greek Yoghurt

Desserts | February 17, 2015 | By

Pancake Tuesday! I’m not an expert with pancakes. In fact I’d even go as far as to call myself bad at them. However, as it is Pancake Tuesday I am obliged to have a good at this once-a-year treat. No matter how badly your pancakes turn out, once you have enough delicious toppings no-one will notice!

Simple Topped Pancakes
Serves 2
A simple pancake batter, topped with your choice of chocolate, nuts and fruit.
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Prep Time
1 hr 10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
1 hr 20 min
Prep Time
1 hr 10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
1 hr 20 min
For the Pancakes
  1. 50g plain flour
  2. 1 egg
  3. 150ml milk
  4. 1/2 tbsp sunflower oil
  5. A pinch of salt
  6. Butter (for frying)
Toppings Suggestions
  1. Caster Sugar
  2. Lemon Juice
  3. Cinnamon
  4. Fresh berries
  5. Greek Yoghurt
  6. Nuts e.g. Chopped Almonds or Walnuts
  7. Nutella
  8. Peanut butter
To prepare the batter
  1. Sieve the flour into a large bowl then add the salt. Beat the egg and the oil into half of the milk. Gradually add the egg mixture to the flour and beat until you have a smooth, thick paste. (Add more milk if required).
  2. Once you have a paste, add the rest of the milk gradually. Your batter should have the consistency of slightly thick single cream by now. Refrigerate for about 1 hour.
Cooking the batter
  1. Set a non-stick frying pan with a small knob of butter over a medium-high heat (4 or 5 for electric ovens) until the butter melts. Add a scoop of pancake mixture to the pan, swirling to ensure equal coverage. Be careful not to put in too much, Irish pancakes are quite flat.
  2. After about a minute once the pancake is golden underneath, carefully flip it with a fish slice (or flip it with the pan if you're some sort of pastry artist). Cook for about a minute on the other side then serve.
No berries? No problem!
  1. At this time of year it may be difficult to get fresh berries, but the tinned variety are too sweet. A good trick is to buy some frozen fruit and heat it over a medium to high heat until it starts to thaw. You can use a wooden spoon to smush the berries, making a sort of easy compote.
Too hungry to wait?
  1. If you didn't make your batter on time and you don't have the time to refrigerate it, don't fret. You can still use your freshly made batter! Refrigerated batter has a nicer consistency and is easier to work with but weigh up what's better; amazing pancakes later or good pancakes now?
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Blackened Chicken Salad

Blackened Chicken Salad

Chicken | February 16, 2015 | By

This salad literally redefined how I thought about salad. Before this, with the exception of Chicken Caesar salad, salad was a starter or a side-dish. This salad is both filling and nutritious, and it’s incredibly easy to make.

 

Blackened Chicken Salad
Serves 2
A flavoursome, mixed salad topped with juicy blackened chicken.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
25 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
25 min
For the Chicken
  1. 2 chicken fillets
  2. 2 tbsp allspice
  3. 2 tbsp cajun mix
  4. 1 tbsp paprika
  5. salt and pepper to taste
  6. Olive oil
For the Salad
  1. Spinach or a mixture of baby leaves
  2. Handful of cherry tomatoes (halved)
  3. 1 ripe mango
  4. 1 ripe avocado
  5. 2 spring onions (chopped)
  6. 1 lime
  7. Handful of fresh mint
  8. Feta cheese
Prepare the dressing
  1. Zest and juice the lime. Chop the mint and add it to the juice. Next add a good glug of olive oil and stir or shake well to combine. This will keep in the fridge for days.
Prepare the chicken
  1. Either flatten the chicken fillets or cut into thin strips. Mix all the seasoning together and toss the chicken in it.
Make the salad
  1. Put your leaves in a large bowl and add the chopped tomatoes and spring onion. Add one third of the dressing and mix well.
  2. Chop the mango into chunks and scoop out the avocado. Add the fruit to the salad. Crumble the feta in on top. Add one third of the dressing and stir well.
  3. Fry the chicken over a medium to high heat until cooked through.
To Serve
  1. Plate the salad and top with the warm chicken strips. Divide the remaining dressing over the chicken.
Fresh Mango or Avocado?
  1. The current trend in Ireland is to sell fruit to "ripen at home". Unfortunately that means you'll need to buy your mango/avocado in advance and allow it to ripen. Alternatively Lidl have a ready to eat range and you should also be able to get fresh mangos/avocados in your local fruit and veg shop.
Salad Dressing
  1. For an extra kick add a drop of chilli oil to the dressing and add chopped coriander. An old pesto jar or jam jar makes an ideal salad shaker; simply add the ingredients and shake to mix.
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