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And Even More Pancakes

Since writing the first “:Pancakes” blog, several pancake variations have come to our attention fLAVORS OF MOROCCO has a recipe for “Semolina Pancakes–beghir.” These are served with honey and butter. From TAPAS to MEZE showcases two pancake recipes that are not the usual sweet treats. ‘Shrimp and Green Onion Pancakes” are featured at Bodego La Alboriza in Seville. These pancakes, made with chickpea flour, are served with golden, deep-fried sardines. The other recipe from this source is “Chickpea, Olive Oil and Cumin Pancakes.” These cakes, crispy and brown, are cut into wedges, drizzled with flavorful olive and sprinkled with freshly ground black pepper.

In the vein of savory as well as sweet, pancakes, Julia Child,  Louisette Bertholle and Simone Beck  give us the paths to crepes for desserts AND crepes for entrees. Crepe rcipes for the main dish with a variety of filling such as spinach, cream cheese, mushrooms, chicken, cooked fish, shellflish, veal, ham with added vegetables using appropriate sauces are in their first cookbook Mastering the Art of French Cooking.  Desserts crepes are in the cookbook with detailed instructions for making crepes ala Julia.

Having a concern for our friends who have an intolerance for gluten, I tried oat flour pancakes. I didn’t find oat flour at the grocery, I made my own in a food processor. Let me just say that the oat flour pancakes that I made have a lot of fiber!!! There are recipes galore on the internet for gluten-free baking, and your grocery store has some mixes on the shelf. And what about Johnny Cakes? Would that be a gluten-free choice?  Help me here.

Some of  the pancake recipes mentioned  follow:

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
3/4 cup thinly sliced green onions, white and green parts
3/4 cup chickpea flour*
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
Freshly ground black pepper
3 tablespoons minced fresh flat-leaf parsley
1 1/2 teaspoon sweet paprika
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
Large pinch cayenne pepper
8 ounces small fresh shrimp, shelled and finely chopped
1 1/2 cup cold water
Olive oil for frying
Heat the 2 tablespoons olive oil in a small frying pan over medium heat. Add the green onions and cook, covered until soft, about 3 minutes.
Combine the chickpea and all-purpose flours, baking powder, salt and pepper.
Add the green onions, parsley, cumin, cayenne, shrimp and water. Stir well. The batter should be the consistency of very heavy cream. Let rest1 to2 hours at room temperature.
Heat the oil 1/4 inch thick in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Drop 2 tablespoons of batter into the oil. spreading it out to form a 2 1/2 inch pancake. (Put as many pancakes as the pan will hold with them touching.)  Fry until golden brown, turning once, 2 minutes on each side. Repeat with the remaining batter. Drain on paper towels. Serve immediately..
This is served with fino, a fine sherry.
*Chickpea flour is available at any health food store. Chickpeas were introduced to the Spaniards by the Moors.

1 cup stone ground cornmeal 
1 cup boiling water–add only enough to make a rather thick mixture
1/2 teaspoon salt 
Milk–1/2 to 1 cup
Butter, bacon fat or oil for frying
Whisk together cornmeal and salt.  Bring water to a boil and pour over the mixture, whisking to prevent lumps. Let the batter rest for 10 minutes.
Butter or oil a large skillet or griddle and heat it to about 375 degrees, just to a sizzle (do not burn butter or oil.) Add enough milk (1/2 to a cup) to the batter to make it the consistency of mashed potatoes. Drop by spoonfuls to make cakes about 2 or 3 inches wide and several inches apart (they will spread.) Let the cakes gently sizzle on the grill for about 6 minutes or as long as 11 minutes until you bring them to a deep golden brown on the bottom and slightly firm on the top. Add some more butter to the griddle and/or place a thin pat of butter on each cake, before turning them over and cooking for another 6 minutes (or longer) until they are the deep golden brown color.
Serve with butter and maple.
Makes about 8 cakes.
Recipe borrowed and changed.

Think I’ll go practice with these right now. Easier than doing a blog. I haven’t quite caught on to all the computer stuff.
Call me about another pancake recipe–Orange-Thyme Pancakes.

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