10 February 2015

Best Gluten-Free Pancakes w/ Pecan Pie Sauce

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When I moved to England, I was a little surprised to hear that Brits only eat pancakes

on Shrove Tuesday, or what most people here call Pancake Day.

My first question upon learning of the tradition was Do you guys eat pancakes any other day of the year? Most people said no. *Shock, horror, disbelief.

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My husband (then bf) proceeded to tell all of his colleagues that in Canada, we eat pancake for breakfast everyday. Such lies.

But we do on Sundays! In my family anyway, when I was a little kid. Sundays were for pancakes.  There is nothing better in the world then a lazy Sunday pancake breakfast.

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These days, I don't make pancakes often at home. The main reason being my husband isn't a fan. When I do, he proceeds to pouring a mere tablespoon of syrup on his pancakes. An insult to any self-respecting Canadian if you ask me.

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Pancakes are probably the first experiment of any gluten-free cook. They are easy to put together and the results are always satisfying. Reads: the chance of failing is non existent.

Although I'd recommend you try making pancakes with different flours, even if you are not intolerant to gluten. It's a fun and tasty experiment!

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I'm using sorghum flour here, which goes really well with cinnamon and pecan I think. Some people think sorghum flour can be a little bitter, but I don't think so. I think it tastes a bit nutty.

Sorghum has quite a short lifespan: 2 to 3 months in an airtight container, so don't be tempted to buy huge quantities (unless you bake a lot!). I buy all my gluten-free flours from Amazon. The price is better and I don't have to trot all over town to source different flours at a decent price.

Gluten-free Pancakes with Pecan Pie Sauce

pancake recipe from Favor Flours by Alice Medrich, sauce by yours truly

For the pancakes
200g (1 1/2 cup) sorghum flour (can substitute with white rice or buckwheat flour)
2 teaspoon baking powder
1 tablespoon sugar (optional, I didn't use any)
pinch of sea salt
2 large eggs
250 ml (1 cup) milk, warm
55g (4 tablespoon) butter, melted

For the pecan pie sauce
100g dates, pitted
300ml hot water
50 g butter
2 tablespoon maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
1 tablespoon pf cream, single or double
handful of pecans, lightly toasted

Start by making the sauce. Add the dates to a small sauce pan and add 300 ml of boiling water. Heat up on the hob for 10 minutes, then take off the heat and strain the dates in a food processor. Keep the liquid. Blitz in the food processor until smooth. Add the butter, maple syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg, cream and about 4 to 5 tablespoon of the reserved date liquid. Blitz again until smooth. The sauce should be smooth and pourable. If too stiff, add a couple more tablespoon of the reserved date liquid, until you get a consistency you like.

Now let's make the pancakes. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar if using. Add the eggs, warm milk and melted butter. Whisk until all incorporated. Add a little more milk if the batter is too thick, or a little more flour is the batter is too thin.

Heat a pan and melt a little more butter. Add a couple of tablespoon of batter to the pan and cook until little bubbles appear on the top of the pancake, around 1 to 2 minutes. Flip and cook the other side. Repeat to use up all the batter. You should have enough for at least 12 pancakes.

You can keep the pancakes warm a preheated oven to 100 C/200 F until you are ready to serve.

Top the pancakes with some toasted pecans and a good dollop of the pecan pie sauce.

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1 comment:

  1. Yum, these look so good and I agree that pancakes should be eaten often. When I got together with my boyfriend I made them for us every chance I got. These looks so amazingly fluffy too. Nice job!