A couple of years ago, Lottie made a wonderful Pav and brought it to Sacha’s picnic birthday in Hyde Park. Everyone adored it. We photographed it and it lives here on the belly. But it was time to take the bull by the horns, interrogate her and get down to making my own. Lo and behold a Pav truly is as easy as Lottie says. I love the chewy soft foundation piled high with fresh cream and a ton of any fruit you so desire. I’ve got my hands on Lotties recipe, so read on! Read more…
Straight out of the oven, onto a cooling rack and then off to Hyde Park today to be devoured by Simone, Sacha, Monique and Rob. These little muffins were super moist with huge bloobs, bananas and walnuts. I’d like to think they were almost healthfood. And a few left for Sachas late night munchie attack… Read more…
These tarts are my current favourite dessert to bake. Sweet pastry cases filled with white chocolate ganache and topped with a raspberry coulis swirl. There’s an added treat when you take a bite… nestled deep inside the chocolate is a dollop of raspberry jam.
The picture that launched the need to blog…
Posted on Facebook, I got a sudden gush of comments from hungry friends. I couldn’t believe the response in a matter of minutes. Dozens and Dozens of hungry mates drooling to come over for my brunch. I loved this response and together with Sacha, we built a wordpress blog that weekend to showcase the food that makes our belly growl. Thus Growling belly was born.
So now more about the hotcakes. They are a great recipe by Bill Granger from his seminal cookbook, ‘Sydney food’. His are far more decadent served with melting honeycomb butter which I find too sweet for my taste. I’ve included the honeycomb butter in the recipe for you to try though. The ricotta hotcakes are very fluffy and rise like little cakes in the pan. The batter lasts in the fridge for a few days, so you can spread out the joy. Enjoy!
For the honeycomb butter
250g/8¾oz unsalted butter, softened
100g/3½oz sugar honeycomb, crushed with a rolling pin (you can use a Crunchie bar for this)
2 tbsp honey
For the hotcakes
170ml/6fl oz milk
4 eggs, separated
140g/5oz plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
a pinch salt
blueberries, banana, strawberries, bacon and maple syrup
icing sugar for dusting
1. Make the honeycomb butter first. Place all the ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth. Shape into a log on clingfilm, roll, seal and chill in a refrigerator for two hours.
2. Place ricotta, milk and egg yolks in a mixing bowl and mix to combine. Sift the flour, baking powder and salt into a bowl. Add to the ricotta mixture and mix until just combined.
3. Place egg whites in a clean dry bowl and beat until stiff peaks form. Fold egg whites through batter in two batches, with a large metal spoon.
4. Lightly grease a large non-stick frying pan with a small portion of the butter and drop two tablespoons of batter per hotcake into the pan (don’t cook more than three per batch).
5. Cook over low to medium heat for two minutes, or until hotcakes have golden undersides. Turn hotcakes and cook on the other side until golden and cooked through.
6. Transfer to a plate and quickly assemble with other ingredients.
7. Slice one banana lengthways onto a plate, stack three hotcakes on top with a slice of honeycomb butter. Dust with icing sugar. You can use strawberries in place of the banana.
Note – hotcake batter can be stored for up to 24 hours, covered with plastic wrap in the refrigerator. You can store leftover honeycomb butter in the freezer and slice as required – it’s great on toast!
We’ve been having pancakes a lot recently.