Tuesday, 23 September 2008

Marscarpone hotcakes with spice roasted pears



Ever since Dee posted her pancakes I've been wanting to have a go. I mean seriously, having a jar of almond pancake mix in the cupboard ready to go? How good is that? And today it coincided with 2 pears on my poor, neglected pear tree being ready. Not ripe - if I let them get ripe the birds would get them - but ready.

So for the pears I peeled and quartered them, put them in a baking dish with white wine to go half way up, a spoon of brown sugar, a cinnamon stick and 3 bruised cardamom pods, and baked them for about 1 1/2 hours, basting and turning periodically. For the pancakes, I took a cup of the pancake mix, 125g mascarpone, an egg and enough milk to make it runny. Served the pears (2 quarters went as quality control) and the pancakes with a quenelle of mascarpone flavoured with a little cinnamon and brown sugar, and drizzled the reduced cooking juices all over.

I am told that what the hotcakes really needed was bacon. That's the good bit about having the jar of pancake mix in the cupboard - next weekend I can do it all again with a side of bacon. And more pears - our tiny little home grown ones just weren't enough.

13 comments:

Darius T. Williams said...

Wait - you have a pear tree? Wow...I'd love to get a hold to some of those pears!

Those flapjacks are the real deal!

-DTW
www.everydaycookin.blogspot.com

Peter M said...

Great colour on those hotcakes!

alexandra's kitchen said...

I've never made hotcakes, but I have been dying to make ricotta pacakes, which I ate at a restaurant several years ago and have been thinking about ever since. I might have to give these a go first!

HH said...

These look great FC, and I think bacon would indeed be a welcome addition, yum!

kat said...

Sounds like a fancy dessert to me

Dee said...

Why didn't I think of bacon? Guess I'll have to whip up some pancakes soon.

I'm really envious of your pear tree :(

By the way, there's a little something for you over at my blog.

noobcook said...

Wow you have a pear tree... so envious ;) The pancakes look lovely, what a great idea to pair with bacon ^^

Foodycat said...

Darius - yup. I feel sorry for the poor little thing because it's planted on top of a peach tree and I got so excited about peaches (which didn't fruit) I didn't even notice the pears!

Ali - I'd have done ricotta hotcakes but the shop had no ricotta!

HH, Dee, noob - next weekend I'll do more with bacon and maple syrup.

Kat - it would be a good dessert, but I don't think they would work made ahead of time. So a family dessert when no one minds waiting while you fry them.

hot garlic said...

Ya'll So have the corner on hotcakes! Seriously. I would so rather eat a British {even via Australia} hotcake! These look absolutely scrumptious and I so have to find out what this almond hotcake mix is! I'm off to go click on the link!

hot garlic said...

Oh yeah! I saw this and drooled and wanted to do it but forgot. Thanks for reminding me, I'm not going to let it slip away this time!

Foodycat said...

I hate how that happens! I keep reading blogs and thinking "I am making that" and then I can't remember who or what when I am thinking what to cook.

Grace said...

hello hotcakes--my favorite breakfast treat. i love the idea of roasted pears, especially combined with maple syrup, which i can't seem to eat hotcakes without. :) meanwhile, is there a partridge in your pear tree? :)

Foodycat said...

There is no partridge in my pear tree - although partridge is very nice with pears!

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