Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Fig and Yogurt Pancakes

Fig and Yogurt Pancakes, Troy and Abed In The Morning mug

Morning y'all and happy Pancake Day! Nope, this isn't a really well-organised, pre-planned post that I had sitting in my drafts, just waiting for February 12 to roll around... I literally set my alarm 45 minutes early today and got up to make pancakes and blog them. Crazy? Maybe. But who cares!

Fig and Yogurt Pancakes

I'm used to getting up slightly early and preparing myself breakfasts - it's been a kind of new year's resolution of mine to make sure I eat a proper breakfast at home - although usually it's simpler things like yogurt and fruit, or toast.

Sliced figs

You see, I bought a box of figs on the weekend, and after using them in a couple of delicious breakfasts (both duly instagrammed), I started to think they'd be nice with some pancakes. Then I realised that today, Tuesday, would bePancake Day. Decision made! Pancakes it had to be.

I based mine on the peach and sour cream pancakes in The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook, where the fruit is cooked in the pancakes, swapping Deb's peaches for figs (duh), and her sour cream for Greek yogurt. I measured out all the ingredients last night, keeping the wet and dry ingredients in separate bowls. Then, today, I whisked them together and got frying.

Frying up
I also ground some coffee last night so that I could make a nice batch of chemex coffee for myself when I got up. Double treat!
Chemex, Hario Grinder

It's obviously quite a bit of work for an early Tuesday morning, and I wouldn't recommend getting up super early every weekday to do it, but once in a while - what a lovely treat! These are fluffy and doughy (which is my preference for pancakes), with a nice crisp caramelised exterior.

Fluffy pancake goodness
Fig and Yogurt Pancakes

Are you eating pancakes today? If so, will you be buying or making them? What are your favourite kind?

Fig and Yogurt Pancakes
Adapted from the Peach and Sour Cream pancakes in The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook

Ingredients
1 large egg
1 cup Greek yogurt
1/4 cup milk 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons castor sugar
A pinch of salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
A pinch of ground nutmeg
3/4 cup plain flour
1.5 teaspoons baking powder
Butter, for frying
2 figs, sliced as thinly as possible

Method
Whisk together the egg, yogurt, milk and vanilla extract and set aside.
Into a separate bowl, sift the sugar, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, flour and baking powder.
Fold the dry ingredients into the wet, mixing until just combined. (Lumps are ok!)
Preheat the oven to 120C and place a baking tray in the oven.
Heat a non-stick frying pan over a medium-low heat. Melt a little butter in the pan. Ladle in quarter-cup measures of the batter, and lightly press a fig slice (or two, depending on size!) into each pancake. When the pancake is bubbling and the bottom is dry, flip it over and cook for another few minutes, or until the figs are caramelised and the pancake is cooked through. Repeat with the remaining batter until all the batter is used up. Place the cooked pancakes into the oven as you go to keep them warm and help them firm up.
Serve with honey.
Makes 8, serves 2-3

5 comments:

Helen (Grab Your Fork) said...

Troy and Abed in the moooooooorrrrrrrrrrning! <3 Also love the look of these pancakes. I make my own yoghurt so these sound perfect. Bookmarking this recipe now!

Daisy@Nevertoosweet said...

Happy Pancake Day :) I'm gonna be flipping some pancakes tonight as well hehe ~ Ohhh so glad you posted this recipe! I've seen fresh figs on sale at supermarkets and I know how rare that is and have been meaning to make something with them but wasn't sure what :D These are PERFECT!

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

I didn't have pancakes yesterday! Eeek! What a fail! :P These however look like anything but :)

Winston said...

LOL at Helen's comment. I love Community! Anyway, was looking forward to this recipe after seeing you IG photo because figs was seriously one of the most amazing things ever. Was blown away when I first tasted it abt 2 yrs ago (so late right haha). Never thought of having them with pancakes I love them so much I'd have them any day, in any way.

Nic@diningwithastud said...

Oh I love how the figs look in this :) they would tsaste divine! Perfect lazy weekend brekkie!