Danish pancakes (crepes) with blueberry compote

We were away away last weekend and I felt like making something a little different for breakfast. I combined a traditional Danish pancake (which is dinner plate sized and as thin as a crepe – most other nationalities would probably call it crepe) with my 5 minute fluffy mini pancakes, served with blueberry compote and I got this lovely creation:

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VEGETARIAN – DAIRY FREE – GLUTEN FREE – PALM OIL FREE

Ingredients:

Enough fr 2 very hungry people or 4 small-regular breakfast sizes (the amount of pancakes depends on the size and thickness you decide to go for).

8 tbsp buckwheat flour

2 eggs (or for a vegan version you can either substitute for a flaxseed egg or add another banana and 1/8-1/4 tsp Xanthan gum)

2 bananas

1 + 1/2 tbsp crunchy peanut butter (or smooth if you prefer)

1/2 cup + 2 tbsp water

3 cups blueberries + extra for decoration if you want

4-5 tbsp dextrose (can be left out depending on how sweet/ripe your berries are and how sweet you like it)

1 tbsp chia seeds

Variations:

You can of course use any sweet filling, it doesn’t have to be blueberries, it could be strawberries, raspberries etc. You could also just simply spread chocolate (e.g. chocolate peanut butter spread or ‘Nutella‘) on the pancakes and roll them up with a sprinkle of dextrose on top. Or, my favorite as a child – filled with vanilla ice cream and served with chocolate sauce on top (more of a dessert than a breakfast then though lol).

Directions:

Pre-heat the oven to 60C (160F), this is for keeping your pancakes warm later (don’t go much above this temperature as the pancakes will otherwise dry out).

Place 75% of the blueberries and all the dextrose in a pot with a lid at high heat until it’s boiling, then turn down the heat to low-medium until the berries are starting to fall apart (a couple of minutes).

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Give it a little stir so the berries come apart (you want this to happen so that the mixture becomes thicker – otherwise it will be very watery because you are using blueberries), then add the remaining blueberries (keep some for decoration) and simmer for another minute to heat. Depending on how watery your end result is (blueberries vary a lot in their water content) and how much you want the berries to stay whole, you can add more or less chia seeds – they soak up liquids and grow soft so that you hardly notice them and make the mixture thicker.

Whilst the blueberries are simmering away (or make that first, then set aside to reheat later) mash your bananas, add your peanut butter, eggs and dextrose. Stir vigorously until well combined. Then add your water and combine well.

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Put a bit of cooking oil on the pan and heat to medium. Now pour on a portion of the pancake mix, tilt the pan a little if needed to distribute and turn when bubbles have appeared and have popped (as in the photo below left). Your pancake will be beautifully brown (as in the photo below right). If you don’t want it quite so brown, flip the pancake when the bubble appear but haven’t burst yet.

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Start stacking the pancakes on a plate and keep in the oven whilst you make the rest of them, otherwise they will get cold really quickly. When you have finished cooking all the pancakes, re-heat the compote if needed. Then unfold a pancake, fill with blueberry compote and fold (or roll if you can without breaking the pancake, that is the traditional way of doing it).

If you want to get a bit fancy you can make decorative patterns with dextrose or cocoa powder. You don’t even need a stencil, I just folded a piece of paper towel, cut a heart shape (see two photos below left) and put it on top of the pancakes and sprinkle with dextrose on top, then remove the paper heart. You can also do the reverse, just use the other part that you cut out from (see photo below far right) and you will just have a powdered heart instead (or whatever else shape you go for).

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Now eat the pancakes straight away before they get cold. Enjoy!

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Pear and blueberry loaf

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Fresh out of the oven

This loaf was divine, moist and as one of my colleagues said “different texture and deliciousness in every bite”. I have started towing all my experiments in to work to see how they fare with “regular” people (sugar addicts) and this recipe fared extremely well.

I amended this recipe quite a bit (to accommodate no dairy and no fructose other than  naturally occurring fructose in the fruit) from the book Gluten Free Baking by Michael McCamley.

GLUTEN FREE – DAIRY FREE – LOW FRUCTOSE – PALM OIL FREE

Ingredients:

200 grams of dextrose (glucose) powder

7 tbsp coconut oil

3 large eggs

1/2 tsp vanilla essence

125 g / 4 1/2 oz gluten-free plain flour (shop bought or home mixed)

1 tsp gluten-free baking powder

1/2 gluten-free bicarbonate of soda

1/4 tsp xanthan gum

85 g / 3 oz ground linseed (flaxseed)

pinch of salt

1/2 tsp ground cinnamom

3 super ripe bananas, mashed (leave them until they turn all spotted black – then they are the sweetest)

4 tbsp water

1 pear, canned or cooked (choose a very sweet pear), diced

70 g / 2 1/2 oz blueberries

Preheat the oven to 180C (350F). Grease a loaf tin or line with baking sheets.

Melt the coconut oil in the microwave and let it cool down (if you don’t, it will cook the eggs!). Then you add the eggs and vanilla essence and mix with a fork. In a separate bowl measure out the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate, xanthan gum, linseed, salt and cinnamon and mix.

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Then add the dry mixture to the egg mix and combine. Then add mashed banana and water and mix well.

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Now you spoon half of the mix into your loaf tin. Then spread out the diced pear and 3/4 of the blueberries over the mix and pour the rest over. Then add the last blueberries.

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Bake in the oven for approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes. I didn’t cover with foil so mine turned out quite brown – next time I will cover 30 minutes into the baking time. I also was baking quite late and pulled it out the loaf tin a bit premature so it spread out a little afterwards but still tasted delicious!

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