Sunday, 19 May 2013

Innocent Decadence

Piadine Dolce alla Cannella, Mela, Yogurt & Melograno
Sweet Cinnamon Flatbreads with Apple, Yogurt & Pomegranate

Imagine enjoying this breakfast and not having to feel guilty about it- that would be great, no? Well then go ahead and do it! There is next to no naughtiness involved in this wonderful, lush dish of goodness, which is kind-of hard to believe, I know. But you will. Keep reading and you WILL believe...

Yes, you read correctly, these are not pancakes at all, they are actually flatbreads, made without egg, of flour and cornmeal, with a little water, milk, cinnamon and honey. They were also baked on a dry, non-stick pan which makes them fat free! So this is wonderfully healthy stuff here! Stick with me people and I will show you how to enjoy your food without guilt or regret, but with plenty of fun and enjoyment along the way. Enjoy the trip!

To make the 3 flatbreads, I mixed 3 tablespoons of flour with 2 tablespoons of cornmeal. I added a half teaspoon of cinnamon and a pinch of salt and stirred these in. Then came the proverbial milk and honey! To 2 tablespoons of honey I added about the same amount of boiling water, just to make sure it completely melted and became diluted and then added milk to double the amount of liquid. I stirred this into the flour briskly until it became a smooth batter, adding a little more milk until it had the consistency of a light custard.

Next- I heated up my best, small-sized non-stick pan and poured in just enough batter to cover the base. As soon as little air bubbles began to appear in it and the edges began to lift a little, it was ready to be flipped over. I used a wooden spatula to do this and in turn, pressed down on the opposite side once it was flipped, in order to get some strong heat right into the batter as quickly as possible. I flipped it to and fro 2-3 times until it was lovely and golden, then set the finished flatbread to one side and repeated the process 2 more times.

The apple slices went into the frying pan as soon as the breads were done, with a little splash of water to soften them a little and a dusting of cinnamon of course- the spice of choice when it comes to all things apple! As soon as the water had evaporated away, the apple began to deepen in color and brown slightly, even though there was no fat in the pan- in fact... there was nothing else there at all! And that is why these apple slices became really intense in flavor, with a slightly tangy and almost cider-like flavor, which was great! I added one last splash of water at the end and a teaspoon of honey and set the apples to one side- by the time I would be ready to serve, they would have a lovely hint of earthy sweetness- not too little but not too much.

I served them up with some plain, low-fat yogurt, a sprinkle of pistachio for color and a little depth of flavor and a generous sprinkle of pomegranate seeds, which just made the whole thing totally refreshing, delicious and eye-catching at the same time! So, who said that healthy food couldn't be delicious or fun? Bo to the back of the class and do your homework! The rest of you... enjoy!

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