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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Peanut butter cups

I just stumbled on a recipe from Sarah Wilson’s book I Quit Sugar on chocolate butter cups (great book by the way, for anyone else on a sugar-free journey :)). That made me think, that this would be another good use for the fudgy chocolate I made the other day!!! Homemade healthy peanut butter cups – yum!

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VEGAN – GLUTEN FREE – LOW FRUCTOSE – PALM OIL FREE

Ingredients:

Makes around 12 cups.

For the chocolate – follow the recipe for Fudgy Chocolate on one of my other posts.

The only other ingredient is peanut butter. Either you can buy some (make sure you check the labels – lots of them have added Palm Oil and sugar in it – I buy one called 100% Nuts which is exactly as it says on the label, only nuts). Or even better, make your own (I do this when I have time, it’s cheaper as well).

Variations to this recipe:

There is no end to the flavors and substitutes that you can make. As someone else commented on my fudgy chocolate recipe (thanks Anne) – you can swap the vanilla essence with mint essence! You can also substitute the peanut butter with any other nut butter you can think of – or, how about adding in homemade Nutella, white chocolate, mashed banana, or anything else your creativity might inspire – do share if you think of something new!

Directions:

Make the chocolate mix and tip it into something which is easy to pour from (I used my measuring cup). As soon as you have stopped stirring the chocolate it will start separating. This is actually what I really like about this recipe. The ‘liquid’ part will harden into crunchy chocolate whilst the ‘thick oozy’ part will shape into chewy fudgy chocolate. Use this to have some fun. Pour the two different densities into separate containers. I poured in a little liquid in all the cups first. Now pop it in the freezer for 5 minutes.

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Take it back out the freezer (don’t leave it for any longer or the rest of your chocolate mix will get to dense to pour). Now spoon a little peanut butter in the middle of each cup. I choose to add a little peanut oil to my peanut butter to make it runny as you bite into the final product (but this also means that you will get a flat line of it as in the top picture). If you want more peanut butter in your cup and for it not to touch the sides, all you have to do is not add any oil. Then it will be dense enough to dollop and form a ball, rather than spread out.

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Now pour on a layer of the thick chocolate and wait for it to spread out evenly. Then pour on a finishing layer of the liquid.

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Then, pop the tray in the freezer and let it set for 30-60 minutes. Your peanut butter cups are now ready to use and will have a crunchy layer on bottom and top with soft peanut butter and chewy chocolate in the middle. You can keep them in the freezer for storing OR in the fridge if you are eating them within a week (regardless, they taste best when they are at fridge or living room temperature depending on your taste – they take about 15-30 minutes to ‘defrost’ when they come straight out of the freezer). Enjoy!

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