Ottolenghi's take on the classic savoury spinach pancakes has a twist of zingy lime butter, which was unusual, but totally awesome! So fresh!
Green Pancakes with Lime Butter
For the Lime butter:
75g unsalted butter, room temperature
Zest of half a lime, juice of 1/4
Good pinch of salt
Freshly ground pepper
1 tbsp chopped coriander
1/2 garlic clove, finely chopped
A pinch of chilli flakes OR a few drops tabasco
For the pancakes:
250g spinach (I used 100g and it worked just fine!)
110g flour (I used spelt)
2 tbsp baking powder
50 unsalted butter
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cumin
6 Spring onions, thinly cut (optional)
2 green chillies, thinly sliced (I omitted these)
Oil for frying (I used Pure soya spread)
- Start by mixing the ingredients for the lime butter together, transfer into a ramekin, and refrigerate until serving to allow it to set a little.
- Now, mix all the dry ingredients for the pancakes first in a baking bowl and set aside. Have the spinach in a big casserole and dry fry on medium heat, stirring often so it doesn't burn at the bottom. Once wilted, allow to cool slightly and the squeeze out the excess water, add butter to the spinach and melt.
- Add the vegetables, egg, milk and spinash mix to the bowl and if you want to make it easier for yourself - use a stick blender and whizz the mixture until smooth. You should have a semi-thick pancake batter.
- Now, fry the pancakes! They should be medium ones, which means you will get between 6-8 pancakes out of the mix. They cook through really fast so keep an eye on them!
Keep them hot and serve with the lime butter, enjoy!
How has your weekend been so far? Here the weather has been lovely, and my boyfriend, his sister and I went adventuring around in the West End today, went to Tchai Ovna and had some great food and lovely teas, followed by a walk in the Botanics, down by the River Kelvin. I have another two days off as the next week's first day off landed on a Monday, so I will try and make the most of it, and I hope you do too! Any plans? I will continue reading the Hitchicker's Guide to the Galaxy tonight, and then improvise tomorrow I think *smiles* Making some new dishes are definitely on the schedule somewhere as well!
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