Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Pancakes with pears, baby figs and cambozola

Pancakes are not only for breakfast or the Pancake day. Depending on the fillings, they could be a base for a
proper meal. I have posted many pancakes recipes on my blog, but the list of recipes is endless.
Today I am offering you a simple recipe for pancakes with pears, figs and cambozola (soft blue cheese).


For the pancakes (that makes about 8 pancakes):
100g flour (I like the 50/50 ratio of white to wholemeal flour, but you can use just white)
100ml milk
3 medium eggs
30g butter, melted, + more for frying
a pinch of salt
1 tsp sugar
2 tbsp plain yogurt or soured cream

For the filling:
1/2 a pear per pancake
40g blue soft cheese like cambozola per pancake
2 baby figs per pancake
a pinch of cinnamon
1 tsp butter
If you are using sweet pears like Green Williams, you don't need to add the sugar, as they are sweet and juicy as they are.

Sift the flour with salt and sugar into a bowl, add the eggs and about half of the milk, start whisking, gradually adding flour and more milk, plus the melted butter and soured cream. Let the batter rest for 10 minutes (ideally 30 minutes, but I never wait that long). If the batter is too thick, add a bit more milk.
To make the pancakes, heat the non-stick frying pan or even better a crepe pan, about 20cm in diameter. Add a bit of oil and move it, so that the melted butter swirls all over the surface. Add a ladleful of batter, once it is cooked on one side, flip it over and cook on the other side.

Slice the pears into 8 pieces, and fry in the frying pan with a dollop of butter. Add the baby figs, sliced in half. Sprinkle with the cinnamon (and sugar if you want to get a more caramelised look). Cook for about 5 minutes. If the pears are hard, cook for longer. At the last minute of cooking add the crumbled cambozola cheese. If you cannot find cambozola, dolcelatte or gorgonzola would work nicely too, or even the soft Cornish blue. Roquefort is beautiful and gives an extra boost of saltiness, but I prefer the slightly milder blue cheeses.

Add the filling to each pancake and serve warm.
A couple of pancakes make a very filling lunch or dinner, just add some salad.
This is a very simple recipe that can be easily adapted, depending on the ingredients you have at hand.

If you liked my recipe, you might want to explore more egg-based recipes on Main Meals in Minutes site.

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  1. Right, you can have pancakes all the time. I like your filling. I think the cheese and the figs go well together ... and the pears must too.
    I know a place where you can have pancakes all the time. The restaurant is on an old sailing ship and they have all sorts of sweet and savoury pancakes. When I'm in that city, I can hardly resist to go there.

  2. Sounds like my kind of a place, Chris. And yes, figs and cheese or pears and cheese are a very good combination

  3. Sounds mouth-watering and that bit different. Commenting for BritMums