Pancakes! I've eaten more pancakes in the past year than I have in my entire life. It's as if something clicked and I realised that pancakes are for life, not just for pancake day. I've eaten savoury pancakes, sweet pancakes, fat pancakes, crepes, blinis...all the delicious pancakes.
On Monday I woke up in a house devoid of bread products, cereal, fruit or other breakfast staples; just a huge bunch of bananas and the end of a bag of oats. It certainly isn't porridge weather just yet. I blitzed the oats with the stick blender to make a coarse flour; and set about making pancakes.
These are designed to be a bit thicker than 'British' pancakes, and a slightly thicker batter works better than the 'single cream' consistency we are usually advised to use.
Whilst the rest of the storecupboard has dwindled, I've somehow acquired 8 packets of creamed coconut. My own 'mylk' in this case was creamed coconut mixed with water. It made for a really rich pancake, but any vegan milk, or even water, works just as well.
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Oaty pancake breakfast sandwiches
2 cups porridge oats, blitzed in a blender to a coarse meal.
1 cup self raising flour
1 heaped tbsp gram flour
2 1/2 cups 'mylk' or water (approx)
Pinch of salt, or black salt*
1 small banana per person.
Oil to cook
Golden or other syrup to serve (optional)
*Black salt, or Kala Namak, is a sulphury salt that makes things taste a bit 'eggy'.
Lightly grease a large frying pan and place over a medium heat.
Sift the flours together into a large mixing bowl and add the salt.
Make a well in the centre of the flour and stir in the mylk 1/2 a cup at a time, gradually incorporating the flour in from the edges with the fork, until the batter resembles emulsion paint in consistency.
Pour half of the batter in four small rounds into the pan - and cook over a medium heat for around a minute each side, until golden. The pancakes should double in height. Remove from the pan and repeat with the remaining half of the batter.
Whilst the pancakes are cooking, slice the bananas on the diagonal.
Butter the pancakes with the peanut butter, add the sliced banana and and assemble the sandwiches. Drizzle with syrup to serve.