Pancakes

Without a doubt, every family has its own. Going hearty or sweet? Served with sour cream and jam, rice malt or maple syrup, fresh strawberries, cinnamon, roasted hazelnuts. And how about sauerkraut, kimchi or other pickles, beans & veggies, or pesto? Simply, topped and filled with anything you wish. 

So, while exploring the beauty of Antwerp, we got this delicious treat at our friend's place, Simone's Kitchen. (...plan your trip to drop by, as we definitely recommend staying in this wonderful B&B place with home atmosphere & delicious plant-based menu card.)

It was during the Sunday morning brunch when something familiar tickled my taste buds.
Is it really? Yum, the pancakes made with beer!

Inspired by Simone Parris, check out this delicious Beer Pancakes recipe.


For 9 big pancakes, you will need:
1 cup = 250ml

1 cup buckwheat flour
2 cups spelt flour
2 cups beer, cold
2 cups of spring water, sparkling or chilled
1/2 teaspoon of white sea salt
2 heaped tablespoons of corn starch or arrowroot
1 teaspoon baking powder
cold-pressed sunflower or sesame oil
topping to your liking


Step by step:

1. In a large bowl, mix both flours. Make a well in the centre, and pour in 2 cups of beer and 1 cup of water. Mix until smooth. Cover with a wet cloth preventing the batter from drying, and let ferment overnight. 

2. The following day, dilute the corn starch and baking powder in 1 cup of water. Add to the batter. Also, add the salt and 1 tablespoon of oil. Mix well again.

3. Heat the skillet or heavy/cast iron frying pan over medium-high flame.
This step is really essential. The frying pan needs to be well heated. Otherwise, your pancakes will keep sticking to it, tear, and you will need to scrub the pan clean over and over. You probably know the story...
You may check the heat by sprinkling a few drops of water on the pan. The droplets should jump and evaporate quickly.

4. Oil the pan lightly, and pour in 1/2 cup of the batter for each pancake. Gold-brown on both sides, and serve warm.


Tips:
The choice of your favourite pancake topping is entirely up to you.
If you are an early bird or love to surprise your beloved, make the pancakes early; keep them warm in the oven or covered under a thick blanket.
We also love to take them as a snack when going outdoors; they are delicious just on their own. 
They are excellent in your lunchbox or as a side dish with your soup.

Is using beer, not to your liking?
Just take spring water instead.

And for change, you may also add a spoon of chia seeds, sesame seeds, currants, or thin-sliced fresh apple to the batter.
Play your heart out.


Tuck in, girls & boys!


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