Monday, 20 February 2012

Dried Raspberries and White Chocolate Pancakes



Pancake Day is celebrated with lots of enthusiasm in the UK every February and it’s a tradition I have come to love over the years of living in the UK.

In first year of University, I was assigned to live in a flat with 7 other girls. Four of the girls were older than the rest of us and were doing their second degrees. This meant that they were a bit more mature and serious about cleanliness, chores and being quiet compared to the 4 18/19 year olds who cared more about partying and laughing and doing ridiculously things in the kitchen, causing lots of noise and subsequently lots of arguments with the 4 older flatmates. When Pancake Day arrived, the 4 older girls got together and made lots of pancakes and did not offer any to us. So come midnight we thought it would be funny to ‘spike’ their leftover pancake batter with things like vinegar and lemon juice.

The next day we converged to the kitchen hoping that the batter would have gone off, instead the older girls commented how lovely the pancakes! Major fail on our part. And till today I have no idea how the pancake batter survived the huge lashings of vinegar and lemon juice!

In conjunction with Pancake Day I made these Dried Raspberries and White Chocolate Pancakes. I used my standard pancake recipe which yields fluffy, tasty American style pancakes and to make it special I added half cups of dried raspberries and white chocolate chips to the mixture.

This adaptation was a great hit as the sweetness from the chocolate chips was balanced by the tartness of the dried raspberries. I’ll definitely be making these again soon!
NB: Although the raspberries aren’t visible on the surface of the pancakes, rest assured that each mouthful is a laden filled with chocolate and chewy bits of fruit.

Dried Raspberries and White Chocolate Pancakes

Makes about 10 medium sized pancakes

Adapted from BBC Good Food

Ingredients

200g self raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
Pinch of salt
1 egg
300 ml milk
½ tbsp melted butter
½ cup white chocolate chips
½ cup dried raspberries
A little butter for cooking

Method
  1. Mix together flour, baking powder and salt. In a separate bowl, mix egg and milk. Make a well in the dry ingredients and pour the egg mixture into it, whisking to create a thick batter.
  2. Whisk in the melted butter until fully incorporated and gently stir in the chocolate chips and raspberries.
  3. Heat a non stick pan with a small amount of butter. Drop a large tablespoon of pancake batter in the pan and cook for 2-3 mins until small bubbles appear on the surface. Flip and cook for a few more minutes. Pancakes should fluff up during cooking process.
  4. Remove and keep warm by covering the pancakes with kitchen paper, while the rest of batter is used up.

21 comments:

  1. Wow! I didn't know about the Pancake Day! Love pancakes! Will definitely try your recipe with white chocolate! And the story about the University years is amazing!

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    1. Haha I have so many stories like that ;)

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  2. Wow these pancakes look fabulous! What a great recipe and gorgeous pictures! :)

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  3. Mmmm, that sounds amazing! White chocolate is such a delicious, subtle flavor, and I am not sure I've ever had dried raspberries. Very nicely done!

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    1. That's partly the reason why I used white chocolate - Ultimately wanted the pancakes to outshine the extra bits :)

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  4. Girl, you are talented! I love the way you layout the food picture. Looks like in foodie magazine!

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    1. Aww thank you hunny :) What a lovely compliment! x

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  5. yum! We need to start celebrating pancake day in the US, these pancakes look amazing! Super fluffy and moist, yumm!! Love the dried raspberries and white chocolate!

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    1. I think the whole world needs to start celebrating Pancake Day! :)

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  6. These pancakes look to die for - perfect for the cold wintry mornings to come :D
    YUM!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru
    Latest: Surprise Choc Cookies + Choc Truffle Chunk Muffins

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  7. The pancakes look fluffy and delicious.. its making me hungry....

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  8. Oh haha, great story! I miss being a student. I went to Uni in the UK, it was a lot of fun! I will definitely make some of these scrumptious pancakes tonight to celebrate Pancake Day! Thanks Nish! ( P.S I really enjoy your blog and I have added you to my blog's friend list! So I won't miss any of your post! )

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  9. The pancakes look amazing, perfect and very very enticing!!

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  10. You had me at white chocolate and raspberries. These pancakes look and sound amazing!

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  11. Cake full of nutrients with nice look.Recipe easy to prepare .I shall try this at home.

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  12. Hi Nish, I just started following your blog and I love ur recipes, you have a great talent!!! You can check out mine
    http://eatandtheneatsomemore.blogspot.com

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  13. these look awesome there is nothing better then raspberries and white chocolate. I think in the US the Pancake day was yesterday Feb 28 but since I missed the free pancakes at International House of Pancakes (IHOP) I will make yours instead, they look too lovely to miss out on.

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