Ready, steady, flip!

Ingredients

Serves: 4 (making about 12 medium pancakes depending on size)

For the lemon balm syrup:

  • 80g Caster Sugar
  • 100ml water
  • 1cm piece of fresh ginger
  • A large sprig of lemon balm

For the pancakes:

  • 180g plain flour
  • 3 tbsp cocoa powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3 tbsp Icing Sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 180ml milk
  • 50ml water (you may need a little more)
  • Oil, for frying

To serve:

  • 100g blueberries                                                          
  • 1 mango, peeled and diced small
  • 5 shredded mint leaves
  • 120ml natural Greek Style yoghurt
  • 3 tbsp toasted chopped hazelnuts
  • Icing Sugar, to dust

To decorate: a few blueberries and sliced mango, sprigs of mint or lemon balm


 

Method

  1. To make the syrup, place the Caster Sugar and water into a saucepan over a high heat, bring it to the boil, reduce the heat to low and leave to simmer slowly for about 10 to 12 minutes until a light syrup forms.
  2. Remove from the heat. Add the ginger and sprig of lemon balm and leave in the syrup until it is completely cold. Remove the ginger and sprig and pour the syrup into a sterilised bottle.
  3. To prepare the pots, layer up the diced mango and then blueberries and spoon over some of the lemon balm and ginger syrup, spoon natural yoghurt into 4 ramekins or glasses, ending with the hazelnuts on top. Leave to infuse in the fridge while you cook the pancakes.  
  4. To make the pancakes, sift together the flour, cocoa, salt, and icing sugar into a bowl. Whisk the egg, milk, and water together in a jug.
  5. Pour the egg mixture into the flour and whisk to form a smooth thin batter. Leave for 5 minutes. 
  6. To cook the pancakes, pour the batter into a squeeze bottle (the hole in the nozzle must be wide) and ensure the lid is fitted on tightly).
  7. Heat a non-stick frying pan with a little oil over a medium heat.
  8. Draw medium size heart shapes with the squeeze bottle in the pan and fill in a lace effect in the centre. If you feel the batter is too thick, add about 2 tbsp of water into the bottle and shake well.
  9. Cook for about 1 minute before turning over onto the other side for about 30 to 40 seconds.  Slide onto a warm plate and keep warm between pieces of parchment paper to separate them.
  10. To serve, dust the serving plates with a little Icing Sugar, place a fruit pot on each. Arrange 3 pancakes to the side of each plate and decorate with a few mint sprigs and a few blueberries. Serve immediately.

- Recipe courtesy of Siúcra