Tag Archive | Cherries

Bacon and Cherry Pancakes

It’s pancake day once again, so I’m sharing our favourite version in The Glen House…. Nigella’s American pancakes! There’s no need to mess with this recipe, it’s perfect as it is….

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1 tablespoon baking powder
1 pinch of salt
1 teaspoon white sugar
2 large eggs (beaten)
30 grams butter (melted and cooled)
300 ml milk
225 grams plain flour
butter or oil for frying

I find it really easy to mix up the batter by hand in a bowl; make a well in the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar, beat in the eggs, melted butter and milk, and transfer to a jug. DO PUT IT IN A JUG, it’s much easier to pour the batter into the pan than to spoon it.

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Heat a pan on the stove and add in oil or butter. When you cook the pancakes, all you need to remember is that when the upper side of the pancake is blistering and bubbling it’s time to cook the second side, and this needs only about 1 minute, if that. I get about 16 small pancakes out of this.

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Remember to use sheets of grease proof paper to seperate the pancakes while you keep them warm!

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First up, I served the American pancakes with bacon and maple syrup. It makes a greatย brunch dish!

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To sweeten up the pancakes I used these amazing cherries from Aldi with a couple of spoons of cherry icecream. Really quick, really lazy and really delicious!

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If you prefer traditional crepe like pancakes then check out last year’s post for traditional pancakes.

Have fun today!

Melissa xx

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Chocolate and cherries

I needed cake…. No, ok I didn’t need it, I just fancied a slice. So with stuff in the pantry and the fridge I made a delicious red velvet inspired black forest gateaux!!

The basic cake recipe can be found on a previous post (red velvet sponge cake).

As the rayburnย was too small to fit 3 cake tins in at once, so I put double the amount in one tin. When the sponges had cooled, I sliced the larger sponge into two- thus giving me 3 sponges!

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I grabbed a jar of morrello cherries and some cointreau from theย pantry and a tub of double cream!

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Then I began to layer up the cake….
Cake

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Cream

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Cherries

Repeat this again, finishing with the best looking sponge on top.

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Dust with icing sugar to finish.

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My store cupboard ingredients may not be the healthiest, but they do taste fantastic!

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It’s amazing what natural light and some white props do to a redy-pink chocolate cake!

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Simple. Easy. Delicious.

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Melissa xx

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Chocolate ‘n’ Cherry clean up cakes

This morning seems like a chilly, BUT DRY morning at The Glen House.

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Yesterday, the spring clean continued into the pantry; I seem to have gathered a rather large collection of spotted, stripped, floral, shiny cake cases!

For those of you that don’t know, I’m not a cupcake fan, I’ll stick to fairy cakes thank you! I firmly believe they should be simple little cakes with sultanas or chocolate chips…

Rant over…

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Continuing my tidy, I came across a packet of morello cherries in kirsch, that I’d bought before Christmas (why)!

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I thought I could use my favourite muffin recipe, to use up the cherries and a few of the paper cases. The recipe is one I’ve been using for years and is from this fun little book.

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Ingredients:
50g butter
75g brown sugar
1 egg
100g plain flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
90ml milk

Icing:
75g butter
125g icing sugar
1 tablespoon cocoa
1 teaspoon hot water

Preheat the oven to 190ยฐ/ gas mark 5 or turn your Rayburn off!

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Cream the butter and sugar, then add in the egg. Sift in all the dry ingredients and then add the milk. It’s so quick and easy! If I’m making large muffins, I would double these quantities.

I spooned some mixture into the paper cases and then popped a couple of cherries in, then covered them with another couple of spoons of mix.

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Within 10 mins these little muffins are done. I finished them off with the butter icing (beat the icing sugar and butter until smooth, then add the cocoa and water) and a few more cherries.

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There was a nice little surprise in the middle. However next time I would mix the cherries through the batter….

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Melissa xx