Tuesday, March 8, 2011

It's Pancake Tuesday!!!!

Yippee!  It's pancake Tuesday!  When I was a kid, it was the one and only day a year we "might" get pancakes for dinner--only if my Dad was working late, or  Mom cooked him something he thought was delicious, and we all thought was gross ( liver and onions--still GROSS, just saying...)

I was inspired today to make something a little different , not just the usual pancakes and syrup.  Something will a little more get up and go, and perhaps a little more fruit too...I would definitely make these again--especially for brunch or a special way I am going to wait until next pancake Tuesday to have these again!

Lemon Raspberry Pancakes with Lemon Curd Topping

2 cups flour
3 tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
zest of 1 lemon

Mix separately:
2 beaten eggs
2 cups milk
3 tbsp melted butter or oil

Combine the wet ingredients with the dry and the juice of 1 lemon (about 1/3 cup give or take). Mix until just combined-don't over mix.  Fold in 1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen raspberries.  Cook as per usual.

Lemon Curd Topping (this is actually the lemon pie filling from Food that Really Schmecks...)

1 1/4 cup sugar
3tbsp cornstarch
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 cup boiling water
3 egg yolks, beaten
zest and juice of 1 lemon
3 tbsp butter

In the top of a double boiler or heavy bottom saucepan mix sugar, cornstarch and salt.  Slowly add boiling water stirring constantly bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and keep on cooking and stirring until he mixture is quite thick.
Stir a small amount of the hot mixture into the beaten egg yolks; stir in more of the hot mixture (about 1 cup) then blend it with the rest of the hot mixture and keep stirring and heating for 5 minutes.  Remove from heat, add butter and zest; then slowly stir in the lemon juice.  
Cool down slightly and top Lemon Raspberry Pancakes with a scoop or 2!

Tip: you can make this ahead and keep it in the fridge, or you can use it hot.  My favourite way to eat this curd is as a hot pudding...mmm

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