Friday, 12 December 2014

Orange & Cinnamon Buttermilk Pancakes

Orange and cinnamon is a scent and flavour combination that sings the jolly season and these pancakes will do the very trick into getting you into the Christmassy spirit! Whether you want to enjoy a lazy brunch over the Christmas period or would like a festive breakie to set you up before a day of trawling the shops to find those last-minute presents, these simple and tasty pancakes should hit the spot. I would advise you for this recipe, go and get yourself a set of cup measurements if you don't already have one. They can be purchased very cheaply and they make the quantities so simple for this recipe.
This recipes yields 6 pancakes and, to me, (and I am a pancake-fiend), 2 is more than enough.

Orange & Cinnamon Pancakes

  • 1 and a half cups self-raising flour
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 and a half cups buttermilk
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1 tbsp. caster sugar
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 orange
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • A half cup of real maple syrup
Christmas style Pancakes

  1. Put the maple syrup, along with the zest of half the orange and the cinnamon stick in a saucepan on a very low heat and slowly heat through for about 10 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, sieve the flour into a bowl, make a well in centre, and crack in the egg.
  3. Beat it through the flour briefly and then pour in the buttermilk and beat again until you get a thickish pouring consistency, which still retains some small lumps throughout.
  4. Add in the salt, sugar, ground cinnamon and the remaining zest of the orange and fold through gently.
  5. Put a frying pan (I use a griddle pan for the ridged effect) on the heat and add a little oil. Tip in a good tablespoon of your batter to make one pancake but you should fit two or three on your pan. Cook until bubbles raise to the top and the pancake should flip very easily. When you move onto the next batch, place the cooked pancakes into a moderately heated oven to keep them warm until serving.
  6. When all your pancakes are ready, serve up with a good drizzle of your heated infused maple syrup on top. Believe me, these really do taste of Christmas!
Pancakes laced with the infused Maple Syrup

Another few serving ideas:
Place a few orange wedges on the side of the plate, serve with some freshly squeezed orange juice, or for a luxurious treat, stir through a little ground cinnamon and icing sugar into a nice dollop of Mascarpone cheese and serve this on top of your pancake stack.

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