Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Plum Pan-Caked!

Frittelle al Forno di Polenta & Cocco con Prugne Fresche, Pistacchi è Miele
Polenta & Coconut Oven Pancakes with Fresh Plums, Honey & Pistachio

Pretty little pancakes for a sunny Sunday morning... What better way to get into the swing of the beginning of Autumn? Especially with the first of the new plumbs coming in... I just couldn't resist when I saw them at the market!

I decided to make slightly more substantial pancakes by using polenta rather than flour and then made them even more different from the regular old pancakes by adding plenty of delicious coconut... You can say that I ever get boring in the kitchen!


I decided to add the plums fanned-out this way, the way you would do for a tradition France of German plum cake... It's a lot more fun and much prettier! And by adding some chopped pistachios, I added color and crunch as well as more great flavor... And what's not to like about that?


To make 4 nice little pancakes, needed just 1 egg, a little milk, 1 heaped cupful of polenta, a half cupful of coconut, 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder, a little cinnamon, salt, sugar, a pat of butter or two, a little honey and some chopped pistachios and coconut to sprinkle on top... Frugal and sensible as ever!


I love making these breakfasts that need hardly any ingredients and then end up being substantial and scrumptious at the same time!

Does it look like anyone is doing without from the Pictures? No... I don't think so!


Begin by stirring the polenta, coconut, baking powder, 1 tablespoon of sugar and a pinch of salt together and then add milk little by little to make the batter, which should have the consistency of a light porridge (yes, it will look a little lumpy because of the polenta!).

Allow the batter to sit for 10 minutes at least whilst you turn on the oven and get busy with the plums and the egg whites...

Cut the plums in half, remove the stones and slice them almost all the way through, thinly, as you can see here, so that they fan out but still hold together. It's easy... Don't worry!


Beat the egg whites into nice, stiff peaks and then add the batter, little by little, stirring it in gently until it is well mixed.

Brush your pan with butter, get it nice and hot and spoon out the batter- 2 tablespoons was all I needed for each pancake. Set the plums on top and let the pancake base fry and become firm for 1-2 minutes, then carefully remove them and make the other 2 pancakes.

I preferred to do it this way, rather than to crowd the pan... Just a little tip! I didn't want them sticking together... And I don't want yours too either!

Once they are all ready, pop all 4 back into the frying pan and pop it into a hot oven, 180 C, for 10 minutes to finish.


After 10 minutes, add a drizzle of honey and sprinkle with the chopped pistachios... Not too much honey mind you, or you run the risk of it burning and turning bitter!

Back in they go for a final 2 minutes under the broiler... And then your done!


Who knew it would be so easy, right?

Serve with an extra sprinkle of coconut, just because it looks pretty, and more honey if desired.


Fruity, crunchy, not to sweet and oh so good!

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