Banana Flour Pancakes with Grilled Nectarines and Coconut Caramel
My goodness I love pancakes – they’re such a comfort food for me. As a child my topping of choice was a mixture of lemon and sugar and while I still love that combination, for something a little more decadent these grilled nectarines with coconut caramel make it all so outrageously good.
When you are making the caramel, if the sugar mixture freezes up when you add the creams don’t despair! Keep the pan on the heat and keep stirring, the hardened toffee should re-melt into the cream mixture and then eventually turn into the love gooey caramel that you’re looking for. If you don’t have a griddle pan don’t be too concerned, you can easily cook the nectarines in the same fry pan as the pancakes.
Banana flour is versatile gluten free flour which bakes well.
120 g banana flour
2 tsp castor sugar
good pinch salt
1/2 tsp baking powder, sifted
250 ml milk
2 eggs, separated
Coconut oil, for greasing
Coconut oil, for brushing
110 gm castor sugar
120 ml pouring cream
120 ml coconut cream
For coconut caramel, combine the sugar and 120 ml of water in a medium saucepan. You will need a bigger pan than you think as you will soon find out. Swirl the pan a few times to dissolve some of the sugar and then stop. Put the heat up to high and let the mixture boil without stirring it. While it is boiling, place the two creams in a microwave proof jug and place in the microwave, ready to go. After between 7 – 10 minutes, depending on the heat level, the sugar mixture will begin to turn a caramel colour. As soon as the colour changes on the edges, warm the cream mixture in a microwave for 30 seconds. You don’t want to get it hot, just warmed. Once the caramel colour has spread so that nearly all the liquid in the saucepan is golden (it happens quite quickly), pour in the warmed cream mixture, stirring all the time. The mixture will ferociously boil (hence the large pan) and then eventually calm down, keep it on the heat but this time stirring all the time. The mixture will start of quite light in colour before slowly turning into a deep golden caramel (approx 3-5 min). Remove from the heat and set aside to cool and thicken a little while you get on with making the pancakes.
Pre-heat oven to a low setting.
For pancakes, combine flour, sugar, salt and baking powder in a small bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk egg whites to a medium peak with electric beaters. In a small bowl combine the milk and egg yolks together with a folk. To the egg white mixture, add the milk and flour mixtures then gently fold through to combine.
Heat a large non-stick frying pan on a medium heat and add a little coconut oil to the pan. Once hot, use a soup ladle to pour pancake batter into pan (roughly 10 cm circles) and cook pancakes, a few minutes on each side. Repeat with remaining batter, adding more coconut oil when necessary and keeping the cooked pancakes in the oven so they stay warm.
Once you are up to your last batch of pancakes, heat a griddle pan on high and brush the nectarine slices with coconut oil. Once the pan is hot, sear the nectarine slices on both sides to grill them.
Serve the pancakes with the grilled nectarine and slightly cooled coconut caramel.
A little cautionary note about hunting: I do my very best to give correct information but supply is a tricky business and it is always a good idea to check with a provider before going on a road trip to hunt something down. Things go out of stock or business may decide to stop carrying a particular product. Feel free to use the comment section if you have any suggestions on where things can be hunted down, this list is just a suggestion.
|ACT||Mountain Creek Wholefoods, 14 Baker St, Griffith, ph. 02 6295 1474|
|NSW||Healthy Nuts, Shop TG04 82 – 94 Darlinghurst Rd, Kings Cross Centre, Kings Cross, ph. 02 9331 5370|
|QLD||Discount Drug Store, 106 / 400 Newmarket Rd, Newmarket, ph. 07 3356 4044|
|SA||Goodies and Grains, Shop 21 Central Market Plaza, Adelaide, ph. 08 8212 2324|
|VIC||Prahran Health Foods, 201 Commercial Rd, South Yarra, ph. 03 9827 5983|
|WA||Blossoms Health Food Shop, Shop 24, Treendale Shopping Centre, Australind, ph. 08 9796 0777|
|ACT||Mountain Creek Wholefoods, 14 Baker St, Griffith, 2603 ph. 02 6295 1474|
|NSW||Healthy Nuts, Shop TG04 82 – 94 Darlinghurst Rd, Kings Cross Centre, Kings Cross, 2011 ph. 02 9331 5370|
|NT||Greenies Real Food, Shop 12 , Rapid Creek Business Village, 48 Trower Rd, 0810 ph. 08 8985 1922|
|QLD||Discount Drug Store, 106 / 400 Newmarket Rd, Newmarket, 4051 ph. 07 3356 4044|
|SA||Goodies and Grains, Shop 21 Central Market Plaza, Adelaide 5000 ph. 08 8212 2324|
|TAS||City Organics, 34 Criterion St, Hobart, 7000, ph. 03 6231 1465|
|VIC||Prahan Health Foods, 201 Commercial Rd, South Yarra, 3141 ph. 03 9827 5983|
|WA||Blossoms Health Food Shop, Shop 24, Treendale Shopping Centre, Australind, 6233 ph. 08 9796 0777|
Source: Hunter/Gather – NEW