Sunday, 15 February 2015

Vanilla Buttermilk Pancakes - gluten free with Berries and Freshly-Made Chocolate Sauce


These pancakes are GOOD! Really really good. Not only are they gluten free, but they are light, fluffy and perfectly laced with rich vanilla.

I would thoroughly recommend that you take the opportunity to whip up a batch...... With Pancake Day (Shrove Tuesday) coming up this week, you need no additional excuse to indulge in a pile......

Made with a base of buttermilk, these pancakes are soft, vanillary and perfectly spongy. Slightly sweet, they can be scoffed for breakfast, dessert, or just because......... Although perfect with fresh fruit and drizzled with a little Maple Syrup, if you want to really hit the dizzy heights of decadence, melt some chocolate together with milk for an amazing chocolate hit in the form of a drizzle of speedy, home-made chocolate sauce.


Whenever I make chocolate sauce, I always wonder why people buy the stuff? It is so incredibly quick to make and tastes way better than anything you buy in a bottle. Deep, dark and almost sinful, it contrasts beautifully with the vanilla in the pancakes and fruitiness of the berries.....

These pancakes (according to my pre-GF memory) are equally as good as any glutenous version and worth every ounce of effort it takes to make them. Actually they are pretty straight forward, but I haven't made the American-style pancakes for a very long time and it did take me a good few tries before I worked out how to get a reasonable shape and also to flip them without getting the top batter stuck on the spatula. The trick (as I eventually remembered), is to wait until the bubbles in the batter rise to the surface and pop, before trying to turn them.


It is equally important to let the batter stand for 5 to 10 minutes before cooking the pancakes...... The wonderful thing about baking powder is that it goes through two triggers to activation..... First when it gets wet and then when it gets hot...... Letting the batter stand allows your pancakes extra rise and fluffiness!

In testimony to their deliciousness, my daughter has managed to scoff at least five of these today (One batch of batter makes a lot of pancakes for a small family, but they keep for a little while in the fridge and freeze well, so zap them in the microwave when you are ready for another portion).

To be honest, these pancakes should absolutely not be reserved for Pancake Day alone....... they are way too moreish and I am absolutely certain that we will be having them again very soon in this house.....


I am sending a pile of pancakes to a few challenges this month :


Alphabakes with Caroline Makes and The More Than Occasional Baker which has the letter V for us to be inspired by this month. These pancakes are flavoured with the exotic richness of the Vanilla bean.


Family Foodies with Vanesther at Bangers & Mash and Lou at Eat Your Veg who are celebrating February with a Pancake Party


Cook, Blog, Share with Lucy at Supergolden Bakes


#FoodYearLinkup with My Recipe Book - Celebrating Shrove Tuesday


Tasty Tuesdays with Honest Mum - My first time joining in!


Recipe of the Week with A Mummy Too



Vanilla Buttermilk Pancakes (Makes 15 to 18 pancakes)

Ingredients

100g white rice flour
50g potato starch flour
30g sorghum flour
30g tapioca flour
30g soft light brown sugar
2 teaspoons GF baking powder
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
½ teaspoon xanthan gum
pinch fine sea salt
2 large eggs
570 ml buttermilk (I used 2 x 284 ml pots)
55g unsalted butter - melted
1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste

Chocolate Sauce
115g dark chocolate - cut into pieces
60 ml milk
½ teaspoon vanilla extract

berries or other fruit to serve

Method

  1. Weigh and mix together the flours, sugar, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, xanthan gum and salt, making sure any lumps are completely broken down. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, beat together the eggs, buttermilk, melted butter and vanilla bean paste until light and airy.
  3. Add and beat in the flour mix until you have a smooth thick batter.
  4. Set aside and leave to stand for 5 to 10 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile place the chocolate and milk into a small glass bowl and gently heat in the microwave (medium setting for 20 second bursts, stirring between each) or place in a small non-stick pan over a low heat, stirring very frequently until fully melted and combined.
  6. Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla extract.
  7. Heat a griddle or flat bottomed skillet until medium-hot and very lightly grease the base (I carefully wipe the base with a little vegetable oil on a piece of kitchen roll).
  8. Drop a spoonful of batter onto the pan and gently spread into a pancake shape about 10 cm/4 inches in diameter.
  9. When bubbles surface and pop at the top of the pancake, use a spatula to carefully turn it over and cook the other side. Both sides should be golden brown.
  10. Set aside in a pile (place in the oven on low heat to keep warm until ready to eat).
  11. Serve with fresh fruit and drizzled fresh chocolate sauce.
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36 comments:

  1. Oh I can see these are gorgeous. My mouth is watering. Your photography is better and better so are your recipes. I love those gorgeous berries on top and that rich chocolate sauce..yum!

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    1. Thanks Alida. I'm really trying to improve my photos right now..... Sometimes it's just having the time to do it properly!!

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  2. Wow they look sensational. I love pancakes and these ones look wonderfully fluffy. The drizzle of chocolate sauce is so tempting

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    1. Thanks Katie. Way too tempting! I really need to benefit from Lent this year, just to make up for the big pile of pancakes I ate yesterday!

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  3. These look so delicious I want to reach into the screen and grab one! Absolutely scrummy. Now that my daughter spotted these I HAVE to make some. Thanks for linking to #CookBlogShare

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    1. Thank you Lucy. Daughters can be very persuasive!

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  4. Hi, I found this on FoodGawker and was hoping I could get your permission to post the recipe on my instagram recipe page (@foodie_recipes) as it looks delicious and perfect for shrove tuesday tomorrow! I will tag you in the photo and put your website address on the post! Hope this is okay, thanks :) x

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    1. Hi Liv. I've checked out your page. Thanks for the request. Happy for you to share this recipe with a link to Gluten Free Alchemist. Best wishes x

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  5. Great pancakes ... the buttermilk make them stand out!

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    1. Thank you Felix. The buttermilk definitely made them extra delicious!

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  6. wow those look so good and so decadent - I love maple syrup for breakfast but this looks like a dessert to me with that dreamy chocolate sauce

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  7. These pancakes look amazing. I love the photography. #TastyTuesdays

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  8. These are beautiful! Great photos! Perfect way to celebrate pancake day!!!

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    1. Thanks Liz. I think we may need to have pancake day every week now we have discovered these!

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  9. These are so lovely! You've done Fat Tuesday proud. :)

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    1. Thanks Joanne. Fat Tuesday is such a great name..... just looked up its origins, because I'd never heard PD being called it before! But now I know, it will definitely stick!

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  10. they really do looks super... I love a thicker softer pancake like this and it's so rare to get a really light and fluffy gluten free one. love your photo's and all those amazing toppings!

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    1. Thanks Dom. These are definitely light and fluffy. Loaded with fruit and sauce was definitely one of those ecstatic eating experiences!

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  11. I'm obsessed with pancakes right now! Just made a lentil pancake loaf this weekend that I'm still dreaming about. Stopping by from #recipeoftheweek! Thanks for sharing :)

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    1. Thanks Giselle. Always happy to share! I've just checked out your pancake loaf. Looks great! May just have to give that a try too x

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  12. I'am so so so glad Ihave found Your blog :)

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    1. Thank you and welcome Kimberly. Good to have you along x

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  13. Stunning pictures. I want to eat them all!

    Thanks so much for joining in with #FoodYearLinkup

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  14. They look magnificent!! Because we always have this type of pancake for breakfast I forget that they can be made into the most incredible desert. The berries and chocolate sauce look so delicious...I want to eat a pile right now!!!

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    1. Thanks Vicki. I could eat a pile every morning.... they were that good!

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  15. They look magnificent!! Because we always have this type of pancake for breakfast I forget that they can be made into the most incredible desert. The berries and chocolate sauce look so delicious...I want to eat a pile right now!!!

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  16. I love buttermilk pancakes and usually serve mine with berries and maple syrup. Love the chocolate saue - so indulgent. Thanks for entering AlphaBakes.

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    1. I would normally serve them with maple syrup too, but the chocolate sauce was an amazingly delicious change!

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  17. Beautiful photographs, Kate :-) I forgot to make pancakes on pancake day, so I'll have to make up for it soon...

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    1. Thanks Aimee. I'm working on better photos right now!

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  18. These look great, I love pancakes and you're right, they shouldn't just be saved for Shrove Tuesday! Thanks for sharing with Alphabakes.

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  19. These pancakes are definitely too good to be reserved only for Pancake Day - I could eat these any day! They look so delicious and your photography is beautiful. Thanks for linking up with the Family Foodies pancake party :)

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