We stole 26 minutes of normality today. After dinner we were in the car and the boy fell asleep. We spent 26 minutes being nice to each other (the husband and I) and he again told me that he missed me. We talked about the old days, when life was simpler. We just went to work and the gym came home and ate and chilled and went exploring at the weekends. We smiled at each other and talked about the new kid’s pool I had discovered with shallow water and slides, a huge plus being that I wouldn’t have to hold the boy. We considered cinnamon donuts but decided that our bellies didn’t need sugar, but our lives certainly did.
So, I decided to do something nice in real life. Breakfast. The breakfast that thinks it is naughtier than it is. Apples are juicy and good but don’t be fooled into thinking that they alone will make this dish. The light and fluffy pancakes need the sourness of yoghurt, the zesty lime and aroma of cardamom to avoid them feeling bland. In my opinion the yoghurt is the star of this show, but please will you let me know what you think? The sweet, sour, zingy and perfumed pancakes are the best way to start the day…being nice in the most real way.
Ingredients to serve four
200g plain flour
1 tsp. baking powder
¼ tsp. ground cardamom
3 golden delicious apples, peeled and grated
350ml plain, natural yoghurt
The zest and juice of one lime
Oil for frying the pancakes
Agave nectar, honey or syrup for drizzling
Icing sugar for sprinkling on top of the cooked pancakes
- In one bowl whisk the eggs together before adding the yoghurt and sugar. Mix thoroughly and add the lime juice and zest.
- Fold in the grated apples and ensure that the mixture looks even.
- Mix the ground cardamom and baking powder with the plain flour in a separate bowl before combining it with the wet ingredients
- Heat a very thin layer of oil on a non-stick pan and then add dessert spoonful’s of pancake mixture and then flatten them slightly. Lower the heat to a low-medium flame and once they catch a golden colour on one side, flip them over and brown the lightly on the other side.
- Serve the pancakes immediately with icing sugar dusted on top and a drizzle of syrup.