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Crepes, Waffles, & Pancakes!: Over 100 Recipes for Hearty Meals, Light Snacks, and Delicious Desserts Excerpt from Crepes, Waffles, & Pancakes!: Over 100 Recipes for Hearty Meals, Light Snacks, and Delicious Desserts

by Kathryn Hawkins



Basic waffle batter
This batter contains the raising agent baking soda, so use the batter as soon as possible to ensure that the airy, spongy texture is retained. Add the extra-fine sugar if serving with a sweet topping.

Makes 12 waffles

2 cups (250g) plain flour
½ tsp baking soda 
½  tsp salt 
2 Tbsp (30g) extra-fine sugar (optional) 
1 egg, separated 
1¼ cups (100ml) milk 
¼ stick (30g) unsalted butter, melted

Prepare and preheat the waffle irons or waffle machine as directed. Combine the flour with the baking soda, salt and sugar, if using, in a bowl and make a well in the center. Add the egg yolk and milk, and gradually work into the flour using a whisk. Beat gently until smooth. Carefully stir in the melted butter.

In a grease-free bowl, whisk the egg white until stiff and carefully fold into the batter using a large metal spoon.


Lemon and sultana buttermilk pancakes 
Zesty

These pancakes are also good served cold with butter.

Serves 4

1 cup (125g) plain flour
2 tsp baking powder 
½ tsp baking soda 
1 Tbsp extra-fine sugar
2 eggs, separated 
1 cup (250ml) buttermilk
Finely grated rind of 1 small lemon 
⅓ cup (60g) sultanas or golden raisins 
¼ stick (30g) unsalted butter

To serve: 
Plain yogurt
Maple syrup

Sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda and sugar into a bowl. Make a well in the center. Add the egg yolks, pour in the buttermilk and gradually whisk into the flour. Beat until thick and smooth but don't over-mix.

In a grease-free bowl, whisk the egg whites until stiff and, using a large metal spoon, carefully fold into the batter together with the lemon rind and sultanas.

Heat a little butter in a large frying pan until bubbling, tilting the pan to coat the sides. Ladle 4 Tbsp batter into the pan to form a thick pancake about 4in (10 cm) in diameter. Cook over low-to-moderate heat for about 2½ minutes until bubbles appear on the surface. Slide a palette knife under the pancake and flip. Brown the underside of the pancake for 2½ minutes. The pancake should puff up and thicken.

Turn the pancake out onto a wire rack lined with a clean tea towel and baking parchment. Fold the paper and towel over the pancake. Repeat to make eight pancakes. Re-butter the pan as necessary and stack the cooked pancakes between sheets of parchment. Serve with yogurt and maple syrup.


Spicy crab salad crepes 
Light and airy

The egg-white batter used in this recipe works very well with sweet and savory fillings. Cook gently so that you maintain as much of the batter's "whiteness" as possible.

Serves 4

4 spring onions, chopped
12 oz (350g) crabmeat 
1 dash tabasco sauce 
4 Tbsp low-fat plain yogurt
2 tsp light soy sauce 
3 large egg whites, lightly beaten 
4 Tbsp cornstarch 
8 tsp vegetable stock or water
1 pinch salt 
1 tsp vegetable oil
Few bok choy leaves, shredded 
1 large red pepper, deseeded and cut into thin strips 
Smoked paprika to dust (optional)

In a bowl, gently mix together the chopped spring onions, crabmeat, tabasco sauce, yogurt and soy sauce. Cover and chill until required.

Put the egg whites and cornstarch in a batter bowl and stir in the stock or water, mixing well to form a smooth paste. Season lightly. Brush a non-stick crepe pan -- 6in (15cm) base diameter -- with a little oil and heat until hot. Pour in a quarter of the batter, tilting the pan to cover the base. Cook over low-to-moderate heat for a few seconds until just set. Flip the crepe over and cook for a few more seconds, taking care not to brown the crepe. Drain on paper towel, layer with baking parchment and keep warm while you make the remaining three crepes. Stir the batter each time it is used.

Lay the crepes on warm plates and fill with the bok choy, pepper and crab salad. Fold the crepes over the filling and serve dusted with paprika if using.


Wild rice pancakes with chicken 
Indulgent

Wild rice has a good texture and a mildly nutty flavor.

Serves 4

1 cup (125g) rice flour 
2 tsp gluten-free baking powder 
½ tsp baking soda 
2 Tbsp finely chopped fresh parsley plus extra for garnish 
¾ cup (125g) cooked, cold wild rice 
2 medium eggs, separated
1 cup (250ml) milk 
¼ stick (30g) unsalted butter
1 large, ripe avocado 
1 Tbsp lemon juice 
12 oz (350g) smoked chicken, cut into strips
4 Tbsp mayonnaise 
4 strips cooked, crispy bacon, chopped
Freshly ground black pepper

Sift the flour, baking powder and soda into a bowl and make a well in the center. Add parsley, wild rice and egg yolks, and pour in the milk. Gradually work into the flour using a whisk and then beat until thick and smooth, but don't over-mix.

Whisk the egg whites until stiff and carefully fold into the batter using a metal spoon.

Heat a little butter in a large frying pan until bubbling, tilting the pan to coat the sides. Ladle 4 Tbsp batter to form a thick pancake about 4in (10cm) in diameter. Cook over a low-to-moderate heat for about 2½ minutes. Turn over and cook for a further 2½ minutes until golden. Make seven further pancakes and cover to keep moist until ready to serve.

Halve the avocado and remove the pit. Remove the skin and slice thinly. Sprinkle with lemon juice. Serve pancakes warm, topped with chicken, avocado and a spoonful of mayonnaise and sprinkle with bacon, black pepper and parsley.


Lemon meringue waffles
Tangy

One of my favorite puddings is lemon meringue pie -- I love the contrast between the sharp lemon filling and the sweet marshmallow-like topping. Here I have combined the classic flavors and textures of the pie to make a waffle dessert.

Serves 6

½ quantity Basic waffle batter, sweetened
1 tsp finely grated lemon rind 
6 Tbsp Greek, or whole-milk, yogurt
6 Tbsp lemon curd 
6 small meringues, lightly crushed
Mint leaves, to decorate

Prepare the half quantity of waffle batter, adding the lemon rind to the batter. Cook the waffles and keep warm until you are ready to serve.

To serve, gently swirl the yogurt and lemon curd together and spoon on top of the waffles. Sprinkle with crushed meringue and decorate with mint leaves.


Sausage and bacon popovers 
Savory

A simple idea that is extremely tasty and reminds me of my childhood. These are little hollow quick breads; they are a perfect snacking size and excellent canapés. Try using vegetarian sausages or chopped vegetables for a veggie version.

Makes 12

1¼ cups (150g) plain flour
½ tsp salt 
3 eggs, beaten 
1 cup (250 ml) milk 
1 tsp dried mixed herbs
6 strips bacon, halved lengthways 
24 cocktail sausages
3 Tbsp vegetable oil

To serve: 
Mustard 
Tomato ketchup

Sift the flour and salt into a bowl and make a well in the center. Add the eggs, milk and herbs and whisk into the dry ingredients to form a smooth, thin batter. Set aside for 30 minutes.

Cut the bacon strips in half through the middle to create short lengths. Carefully wrap a piece of bacon around each sausage. Cover and chill until you are ready to cook.

Preheat the oven to 375°F/190°C. Spoon ½ tsp oil into each hole of a 12-hole, deep muffin tin and place in the oven for 1 minute until hot. Place 2 sausages side by side in each hole and pour over sufficient batter to come three quarters of the way up each hole. Bake in the oven for about 35 minutes, until risen, golden and crisp. Best served warm, with mustard and tomato ketchup on the side. 

Reprinted from Crepes, Waffles, & Pancakes!: Over 100 Recipes for Hearty Meals, Light Snacks, and Delicious Desserts. Copyright by Good Books ( www.goodbks.com). Used by permission. All rights reserved.