We thrive on infusing exotic twists into everyday classics. Our journey into the world of pancakes takes you on an adventure, combining the familiar comforts of local jams and conserves with the unique and tangy flavour of rhubarb. This recipe for fluffy pancakes is sure to delight your taste buds and add a touch of the extraordinary to your family's breakfast. We've also included vegan and gluten-free variations to ensure everyone can enjoy this mouthwatering experience. All ingredients are available in-store.
Ingredients You'll Need:
For the Pancakes:
- 1 cup of all-purpose flour (or gluten-free flour for gluten-free pancakes)
- 2 tablespoons of sugar
- 1 teaspoon of baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
- A pinch of salt
- 1 cup of buttermilk (or a dairy-free alternative like almond or oat milk for vegan pancakes)
- 1 large egg (or a flaxseed egg for vegan pancakes)
- 2 tablespoons of melted butter (or vegan butter)
- 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract (optional)
- Cooking spray or extra butter for greasing the pan
- A variety of local jams and conserves (e.g., strawberry, raspberry, or apricot)
- Fresh rhubarb, thinly sliced
- Creamy local honey
- Fresh seasonal fruits (bananas, berries, or sliced peaches)
- A sprinkle of ground cinnamon
- Additional melted butter for drizzling (or vegan butter)
Whisk the Dry Ingredients: In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and a pinch of salt. This creates the foundation for your pancake batter.
Prepare the Wet Ingredients: In another bowl, combine the buttermilk (or your chosen dairy-free alternative), egg (or flaxseed egg for vegan pancakes), melted butter (or vegan butter), and vanilla extract (if using). Mix until well combined.
Combine Wet and Dry Mixes: Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and gently mix until just combined. Avoid overmixing; a few lumps are perfectly fine. Let the batter rest for a few minutes to allow the baking powder to work its magic.
Heat the Pan: Place a non-stick pan over medium heat. Grease it with cooking spray or a small amount of butter.
Cook the Pancakes: Pour 1/4 cup of batter onto the hot pan for each pancake. Cook until bubbles form on the surface and the edges begin to set (approximately 2-3 minutes). Flip the pancakes and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes, or until they're golden brown on both sides.
Top with Local and Exotic Flavours: Now for the fun part! Begin by topping them with a variety of local jams and conserves. Next, add a zesty twist with thinly sliced fresh rhubarb. Drizzle generously with creamy local honey, and introduce a burst of seasonal fruits like bananas, berries, or sliced peaches. To finish, sprinkle a hint of ground cinnamon and add a bit more melted butter (or vegan butter) if desired.
Savor the Adventure: Gather your loved ones around the table and embark on a culinary adventure. These fluffy pancakes combine the comforts of local flavors with the exotic allure of rhubarb, creating a taste experience like no other.
The Importance of Quality Flour:
Selecting high-quality flour remains essential in achieving the desired fluffy texture. If you prefer gluten-free options, there are exceptional gluten-free flours available that produce equally delightful results.
Vegan and Gluten-Free Alternatives:
Whether you embrace veganism, gluten-free living, or simply enjoy exploring diverse flavors, this recipe can accommodate your preferences. Substitute dairy and eggs with plant-based alternatives and opt for gluten-free flour to create pancakes that cater to everyone's tastes.