26 January 2013

Almond Blueberry Pancakes With Godet Chocolate Ganache


One thing that sends me off to a good night's sleep with a smile pasted on my face (I can just imagine!) is imagining what I will be having for breakfast.  Or on a more realistic fact, what I will be working on in the kitchen first thing in the morning.  You know, measuring, mixing, washing and cleaning up which is a part of cooking that is my least favorite but I cannot shake off. 


My imagination runs wild at nighttime, thinking of what little indulgences I can give myself to prep my morning.  But this doesn't happen all the time because on most days, I would just have a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice, espresso and some biscuits or a slice of plain ciambellone if there is one around.   It is a healthy kind of breakfast but not really like this one.  This one is to be eaten slowly to savor every single detail of the flavors that come out from every bite. 


It's for one of those special mornings when there is something to be so sprightly about and when you want to give yourself a pat on the back for something wonderful.  Because that was the first morning when I signed an agreement that I would get compensation for some of the recipes that I would be creating.  It marked a special morning of working in the kitchen with a serious purpose.  Cooking went one step further.  It was not just to nurture my family anymore.  And I am truly happy for this turn of event. 


Almond Blueberry Pancakes with Godet Chocolate Ganache.   That's what I needed to start a significant day.

Buon weekend!  Have a good weekend!
  



Almond Blueberry Pancakes With Godet Chocolate Ganache


Ingredients:
Makes about 4 -5 regular sized pancakes
  • 1/2 cup flour 00 (or all- purpose flour)
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 3/4 cup almond milk (or regular milk)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon butter, softened + more for buttering the pan
  • 200 grams dark chocolate, chopped coarsely
  • 2 tablespoons Godet white chocolate liqueur (replace with anything similar if you don't have this)
  • 1/4 cup water (if you prefer it the classic ganache, replace with cream)
  • 125 grams blueberries
  • redcurrants (optional)
  • fresh mint (optional)
  • icing sugar (optional)
Directions:
  1. Mix the flours, milk, salt, 1 teaspoon butter, egg and 1 tablespoon sugar in a bowl.  Mix until smooth.  Let it rest for at least half an hour in the fridge.
  2.  In a bain-marie or water bath, melt the chocolate with 1/4 cup water.  When the chocolate has completely melted, add liqueur.  Let the alcohol evaporate, about 3 minutes, before turning off the fire.  Set aside.
  3. Warm up a medium skillet.  Rub a bit of butter so that the pancakes won't stick.  Ladle some of the pancake mixture on the skillet then immediately drop some blueberries on the pancake.  When the pancake starts to move easily on the skillet, cook the other side.  Repeat until mixture is finished.
  4. To make smaller round shapes, I used a cookie cutter with a 7.5 cm. diameter.  One pancake yielded 4 smaller pancakes.  You are free to do whatever you feel like at this point like leave the pancakes as is.  
  5. Pile 4 small pancakes alternating with the chocolate ganache.
  6. Pour the chocolate ganache on top then garnish with blueberries (and redcurrants if you have) and fresh mint leaves. Sprinkle with icing sugar.
  7. Best when served warm. 


21 comments:

  1. These pancakes are truly worthy of a special occasion. Congrats on the wonderful turn of events, Rowena. Very happy for you!

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  2. I hope you're still serving breakfast because I'm hopping on the next flight for these beauties! :) So happy for you and your new job! :)

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    1. You're always welcome here Laura! Thanks!

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  3. These just stopped me in my tracks. The photos are stunning, and they look so unusual. Congratulations on getting paid to do something you love!

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  4. Rowena, you do such a wonderful job of styling and photographing your recipes. Just lovely!

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  5. Rowena, you made a simple breakfast look so fancy, it's beautiful and delicious!

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  6. I love almond pancakes. Just made some a few weeks ago, so tasty! yours look lovely ;-)

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    1. Yes, I agree. Almond pancakes are really good. I love them too!

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  7. Congrats on the new job, Weng! I cannot express how happy I am for you! Not just your blog readers like us, but now so many people will thank you for your wonderful recipes and beautiful food photography. ;) Good luck! And I've never seen pancakes that are so beautiful like yours. You are truly my inspiration!

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    1. That's the nicest thing I've read in such a loooong time Nami! Thank you very much for always being supportive and nice!

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  8. I first saw these on Pinterest Rowena and have bookmarked them for some time in the near future.

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    1. Thanks Bellini. I hope you will like them!

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  9. These almond blueberry pancakes are works of delicious art! Congratulations on your new turn of events. :)

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  10. Beautiful pancake breakfast! Congratulations on your new job-the best of luck to you Rowena ;-)

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  11. Yummy it looks so delicious
    Thank u 4 sharing this<3<3

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