Thursday, June 25, 2009

Lemon Souffle Pancakes

I know that Bill Granger might be renowned for his ricotta hotcakes with honeycomb butter, but since I hardly have fresh ricotta in my kitchen (though I plan on having more of it now that I have this!), my favourite pancake recipe happens to be another recipe from his Sydney Food book. They are zesty and light, good for summer with some berries and just as enjoyable in winter with a ton of maple syrup.
They are a little more work than your average, back of the flour packet-recipe, but it's worth it. The beaten egg whites help to create the lightest, fluffiest pancake and you will never get the dense, doughy flat pancakes you can sometimes get with other recipes.

Lemon Souffle Pancakes
(from Bill Granger's Sydney Food)
3/4 cup buttermilk
2 eggs, separated
2 tbsp lemon juice
3 tsp grated lemon zest
1 tsp vanilla essence
25g unsalted butter, melted
3/4 cup plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
3 tbsp caster sugar
pinch salt
To serve: maple syrup or halved strawberies, 1 tbsp honey and icing sugar

Place buttermilk, egg yolks, lemon juice and zest, and vanilla essence in a bowl and stir until combined. Add the melted butter and mix well.

Sift flour, baking powder, caster sugar and salt into a large bowl. Make a well in the centre and gradually stir in the buttermilk mixture until the dry ingredients are just moistened, being careful not to overmix.
Place egg whites in a dry, clean bowl and beat until soft peaks form. Gently fold the egg whites into the batter, using a large metal spoon.
Melt a small portion of butter in a non-stick frying pan over medium heat and drop 2 tablespoons of batter per cake into the pan. Cook the cake until golden brown on the underside and looking dry at the edges, then turn and cook the other side.
Transfer to a plate and keep warm while cooking remaining batter. Serve with toppings of your choice.

I was lazy and used 3 tablespoons of batter per pancake so they fit nicely into my new small Green pan, but I usually prefer making the smaller ones because they are fatter and fluffier. Still good this way though!
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  1. i'm such a big fan of bill granger now. even though it's not published in the u.s. yet, i got a copy of his new book, Feed Me Now. I am probably going to blog about another recipe I tried from his book later this week. amazing. I wish he had a bigger following in the u.s.

  2. oohh yum!!! i had similar ricotta pancakes made by a friend and they were delicious! oh and good on ya for the ricotta heeee!

  3. These pancakes look so delish! So light and fluffy!

  4. They look awesome! So high, light & fluffy!

  5. Beating the egg whites would certainly make for a lovely light texture. I'll have to learn to be less lazy with washing up bowls!

  6. yummo. these look great! they also look light, so could have more :)

  7. mmm they look fab! heh i made the ricotta hotcakes the other day and am now craving all kinds of pancakes!

  8. Yum! Bill's recipes are always so great aren't they and I love that they're not too fussy but have a big payoff-like these! ;)

  9. OMG steph these look awesome! Such a good cook u!!!!!

    i love the sound of these "pancake souffle" And it looks quite easy to make. The hard part is for me to actually make it lol.. mine would probably turn out hard like a weapon or even better flying pancake frisbees.

    Still yet to try Bills ricotta pancakes

  10. Hi Steph! These look delicious, I'll have to make Ms Taste cook these for me soon haha - haven't had pancakes in months

  11. i love pancakes and these look delicious! tops to your pancake cooking skills - mine usually end up all different shaped and slight different coloured...hmmm

  12. Justin - I love that his recipes always work, they're always straightforward but impressive-looking.

    Trisha - Yeah I've gotta do some of his ricotta hotcakes sometime soon!

    Rilsta - :D Thanks!

    Forager - Thanks! They would have had more height if I hadn't been lazy & impatient and spread them thinner so they would cook quicker :)

    Arwen - It's a small extra step but it makes a big difference to the texture!

    Betty - Thanks! Hehe sounds like a good excuse ;)

    chocolatesuze - Hehe thanks! I was drooling over the photo you posted of those ricotta hotcakes, must do them soon!

    Lorraine - I totally agree, love his recipes!

    Leona - :D Thanks so much! Oh you definitely need to try them sometime!

    Mr. Taste - Hehe or better yet you can make them for Ms Taste as a yummy treat ;)

    panda - Hehe thanks! Mine do too, but it helps having a teeny frying pan to make neat little circles :D

  13. Oh that looks heavenly. I love fluffy + pancake!

  14. :) Thank you! Mm yep I like my pancakes super fluffy!


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