It's been a while, sorry for the lengthy hiatus!
Phew! What a hectic few months it's been. It's amazing how quickly life can change direction. We are now at Casa di Mason 2.0; a move we didn't predict, which has come and gone so quickly I feel like I have whiplash!
So, now Valentines day is looming, and although we don't become overly invested in the 'holiday' - we do make the effort to have a date, spend time with each other, and just simply hang. For me, Valentines marks the beginning of the Festival of Amie - a weeks worth of celebrations in honour of me... if I can swing it. My birthday follows Valentines, so I figure two 'special' days should result in a week's worth of merriment... fingers crossed.
If you have a special someone and feel like treating them to a morning breakfast, I recommend my Pancakes with Grilled Plums and Passion fruit Cream. It's a delectably sweet morning treat that's packed with summer fruit and simply looks delightful. And if you don't have a special someone, then hell, just treat yourself!
Pancakes with Grilled Plums and Passionfruit Cream - Serves 2
Passion Fruit Cream
- 1 Passion fruit - pulp only
- 1/2 cup of cream (or coconut cream - whipped)
- 2 tablespoons of icing sugar (or alternate sweetener)
- 1 vanilla bean pod - scraped (optional)
- 1 cup of spelt flour
- 2 free range eggs
- 2 tablespoons of melted butter (or coconut oil)
- 1 cup of milk (or any other milk)
- 2-3 tablespoons of baking powder (more if you want fluffy pancakes)
- pinch of salt
- 3 fresh plums - halved
- 2 tablespoons of rapadura sugar (or brown sugar or coconut sugar)
- 2 teaspoons of butter
- Start with your passion fruit cream. Whip your cream until soft peaks form.
- Add your icing sugar, passion fruit pulp and vanilla bean and whip. Place in fridge until ready to serve.
- Combine all your pancake ingredients and whisk until smooth. This should make about 6 fluffy pancakes.
- Add a large scoop of your mixture to a non-stick pan set to medium heat. Once bubbles start to form, you can flip your pancakes and cook the other side. Place your cooked pancakes between paper towels on a plate to keep warm.
- While your pancakes are cooking, heat a small pan to medium heat and add your butter. Stamp the cut side of your plums in sugar and place cut side down into the pan to caramelize. This shouldn't take long - only 2-3 minutes.
- Serve your pancakes stacked, topped with your plums and cream!
If you have too much Passion Fruit Cream left over, you can place them into pop-sickle molds in the freezer. 6 hours later you should have passion fruit cream-sickles, yum! Enjoy!