Quinoa Pancakes with Mango & Passion fruit syrup
“These little pancakes have a delightful nutty texture and taste, I’ve paired them with a saucy tropical fruit mix that I love, they’re also great with a mixture or one of maple syrup, banana, yogurt, lemon, honey. You can do a cheat’s version of the sauce by mixing diced mango with passion fruit and mango smoothie. This is an outstanding way to introduce kids to quinoa. Keep your eye out for a savoury version.”
By Merchant Gourmet cook, Alex MacKay
Suitable for vegetarians
- 250g Merchant Gourmet Dried British Quinoa
- 30g caster sugar
- 50g melted butter, plus 50g for cooking the pancakes
- Grated zest of 1 medium sized lemon
- 3/4 tsp vanilla extract or paste
- 20g cornflour
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 2 eggs
For the Mango Sauce
- 300ml orange juice
- 150g caster sugar
- 2 passion fruit
- 1 small ripe mango, peeled and finely diced
1. Simply rinse the dried quinoa in a sieve under cold water using the ratio of one cup of quinoa to one and a half cups of water. Bring to the boil before covering and leave to gently simmer until all the water has been absorbed (approx. 15 mins)
2.Then start the pancake mixture. Get a medium sized bowl. Add the eggs, baking powder and cornflour. Whisk together until there are no lumps at all. Add the remaining ingredients including the slightly cooled quinoa then whisk together. Leave to sit.
3.To make the sauce, pour the juice into a medium sized pan. Add the sugar. Bring to the boil then simmer rapidly until it has reduced by two thirds (100ml) the sauce should be the same consistency as light maple syrup, as it cools it will be closer to the consistency of jam. Take the pan off the heat. Cut the passion fruit in half and scoop the seeds into the pan. Stir in the diced mango.
4.Dip a piece of kitchen paper into melted butter then moisten the bottom of the pan. Get the pan good and hot then turn it down to a medium heat. Pour in a serving spoonful of the mix to make pancakes of 8cm in diameter. In a 28cm pan I could comfortably do 4 pancakes at a time, if you don’t have a pan this large just do one or two at a time in a smaller pan.
5.Cook the pancakes for 30-40 seconds each side and transfer them to a plate over a pot of just simmering water if you want to keep them warm, or set them aside to reheat later. Serve the pancakes with the mango and passion fruit sauce.
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