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.