Pancakes/Crêpes: 250ml flour 1,2ml baking powder 2,5ml salt 250ml milk 125ml water 62ml vegetable oil 2 eggs
Add the flour, baking powder and salt to a bowl of a stand mixer fitter with the whisk attachment. Add the milk, water, oil and eggs to a jug and whisk together by hand until the eggs are fully incorporated. Turn the mixer on low speed and slowly drizzle in the milk mixture. Set the mixer on its highest speed and whisk for 2 minutes. Take the bowl from the mixer and check whether there are any lumps in the batter. If there are, set a sieve over a large bowl and pour through. Cover with a tea towel and set aside to rest for an hour. Place a crêpe pan on medium-high heat, wait for it to warm up and pour a few drops of oil into the pan. Spoon a soup ladle full of batter into the pan and swirl around to cover the surface. Cook for a minute or two, flip the crêpe over and cook for another minute or so. Keep going until you have no batter left. Cover the crêpes and allow to cool completely.
Lemon curd: grated zest of one lemon 220g caster sugar 110g butter, cubed 125ml lemon juice, strained (about three lemons) 3 eggs, lightly beaten
Add the zest, sugar and butter to a small saucepan and set over the lowest heat. Stir the mixture until the butter has melted and the sugar has dissolved. Add the lemon juice to the saucepan and stir through. Now add the egg and keep stirring until the mixture is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. Take the curd from the heat and pour into a glass jar. Allow to cool completely.
Putting the dish together: Preheat your oven to 200℃ and butter a ceramic tart dish. Spoon 2-3 teaspoons of lemon curd on a crêpe and spread it with the back of a spoon. Roll the crêpe up and place it in the ceramic dish. Keep going until all the crêpes are filled. Pour the cream over the pancakes and sift the icing sugar over. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes. Serve warm.
250ml flour 1,2ml baking powder 2,5ml salt 250ml coconut milk 125ml water 62ml sunflower oil 2 eggs
Add the flour, baking powder and salt to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Add the coconut milk, water, oil and eggs to a large jug and whisk together until the eggs are incorporated. Turn the mixer on a low speed and slowly drizzle in the liquids. Keep going until all has been added. Set the mixer on its highest speed and whisk for 2 minutes. Take the bowl from the mixer and check whether there are any lumps in the batter. If there are, set a sieve over a large bowl and pour the batter through. Cover the batter with a tea towel and set aside for one hour. Place a crêpe pan on medium-high heat, wait for it to heat up and then add a few drops of oil. Spoon some batter into the pan and swirl around to evenly distribute and cover the pan surface. Cook for about 2 minutes, flip over and cook another minute or so. Serve the crêpes warm with honey and a squeeze of lemon.
These pancakes are not cocoa-chocolatey-looking but actually contain real chocolate in the batter!! Whether you serve them with ice-cream, fresh fruit and Chantilly cream or plain, from-the-pan, you will love them! Yields about 12 pancakes depending on the size of your pan.
80g dark chocolate, 70% cocoa 250ml + 100ml milk 90ml caster sugar 200g cake flour 100ml water 3 eggs 2,5ml vanilla butter for frying
Chop the chocolate into small pieces and add it to a small saucepan. Pour in 100ml milk and place on a very low heat. Stir the mixture until the chocolate has melted completely and remove from the heat. Add the 250ml milk and caster sugar and stir to dissolve the sugar. Set aside. Sift the flour into a mixing bowl. Pour the water, eggs and vanilla into a jug and whisk it together. Pour the egg mixture into the flour in a very thin stream while whisking. Pour slowly, whisk quickly …. you don’t want lumps in your batter! Now whisk in the chocolate mixture in the same way. Cover the batter with a tea towel and allow to stand for one hour.
Heat a frying/crêpe pan until it is very hot. Add a knob of butter and swirl it around so that it covers the surface of the pan. Pour in a ladleful of batter and swirl again to evenly distribute in the pan. Turn the heat down slightly and cook the pancake for 1 minute. Turn the pancake over with a spatula and cook for another 30 seconds. (The combination of sugar and chocolate burns really easy!!) Keep going with the rest of the batter until you have a heavily stack of chocolate pancakes. Serve warm.
This is one of my favourite French desserts and really easy to make. Make the crêpes the day before you need them and simply reheat them in the orange-caramel-syrup before serving.
Crêpes: 750ml cake flour 2,5ml baking powder 5ml salt 500ml milk 250ml water 125ml sunflower oil 4 eggs
Orange sauce: 45ml caster sugar 250ml orange juice the zest of one orange 5ml lemon juice 15ml brandy 50g butter, cubed
For the crêpes: Add the flour, baking powder and salt to the bowl of a stand mixer fitter with the whisk attachment. Whisk the milk, water, oil and eggs together in a separate wide-mouthed jug. Turn the mixer on to a low speed and add the liquid ingredients in a very thin stream. Keep whisking and pouring until all the liquid has been added. Turn the mixer on to a higher speed and whisk for at least two minutes. Remove the bowl from the mixer, cover with plastic wrap and allow to stand for 1 hour. Heat a crêpe pan/frying pan until hot. Add a small amount of vegetable oil and swirl it around the pan. Pour the oil out and put the pan back onto a medium-high heat. Spoon a ladle-full of the batter into the pan and cook until small holes appear over the entire surface of the crêpe. Flip the crêpe and cook for 1 minute on the other side. Slide the cooked crêpe onto a plate and continue baking the rest.
For the orange sauce: Tip the caster sugar into a non-stick frying pan on medium to low heat. Allow the sugar to melt without stirring it. You want the sugar to turn a caramel colour without burning it – watch it like a hawk and do not walk away from it! Take the pan from the heat when the sugar is brown enough and add the orange juice, orange zest, lemon juice and brandy. Return the pan to a very low heat. Do not panic if the sugar has seized, continue heating over a low heat and stir lightly until the sugar has dissolved completely. Now start adding the butter, one or two cubes at a time while stirring constantly. Keep going until you have incorporated all the butter. Bring the mixture to the boil, turn down the heat and simmer until the sauce has thickened slightly and has a lovely gloss to it.
Fold each crêpe into half, and then fold it again so that you have a more-or-less triangular shape. Gently slide the folded crêpe into the pan and spoon the sauce over it. Serve immediately.