Pancakes with oranges and chocolate spread


This was first posted on 1st of January 2011. Reposting this here.

Happy New Year folks. I decided to start the new year with something special for breakfast. Having lately been watching a lot of cooking shows-- Jamie Oliver, Gordon Ramsay, the Original Naked Chef etc etc. Again and again I see the Western chefs using a lot of zest in their food. In Indian cooking I do not remember my mother or grandmother ever using lemon or orange zest. So wanted to try using that. Did a pancake with orange zest and wee bit of cinnamon and a spread of Nutella and orange marmalade. Finished off with chunks of orange, some almond flakes and dusting of cocoa powder.

To prepare 6 pancakes:
1 cup self raising flour
1 egg
1 cup water, you can put milk, we do not like pancakes with milk
A pinch of salt
A pinch of baking soda...makes the pancakes crisp
A pinch or two of cinnamon (optional, the strong smell of orange overpowers the cinnamon, but at times you get a waft of lovely cinnamon smell in the middle of all that orange)
Zest of one orange...
Butter/olive oil/ cooking spray for frying

Mix all the ingredients together and pour a little of the batter in a non stick pan and fry in medium heat.

For the spread:
4 tablespoons of marmalade
4 tablespoons of Nutella
1 tablespoon of butter

Put all this together in a microwave for 30 seconds, bring it out and give it a good mix. Do this after the pancakes are ready, otherwise this mixture congeals quickly.

I spread a little of the mixture on the first pancake and made a layer of three pancakes with the mixture in between...spread some flaked almonds and cocoa powder and topping with some chunks of orange. The sourness of the oranges and the nuttiness of the almonds bring a nice balance to all that sweetness and makes it really refreshing.

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