BACON GREASE BUCKWHEAT PANCAKES WITH MAPLE
Being a food person, the first thing I think of when I hear “Canada” is Maple Syrup; and when I think of Maple Syrup, this is the image that comes to mind.It’s one of a whole series, captured by our incredibly talented wedding photographer Adrian Tuazon, during an epic day of food, fun and the funniest of one-liners from Adrian’s son, Ruben. I can’t wait to share more of these with you down the track!Of course, setting up a shoot takes hours, so lunch had to wait – and breakfast was the first order of the day!I whipped up some quick buckwheat batter, crispy-fried some bacon (and whacked it in a warm oven while the pans were being caked) and, not being one to waste good bacon grease, used it instead of butter.Phwoar, Eh!Here’s the Recipe, so you can see what all the fuss is aboot:
Batter: (I kind of winged this, so I’d say mix in enough milk and egg to make a paste that resembles runny PVA glue)
- 1 part Buckwheat flour
- 1 part Plain flour
- 2 parts Milk roughly
- Eggs 1 egg to 1 cup of milk
- pinch of baking soda
- pinch of cinnamon
- Maple Syrup the real stuff – check the ingredients to be sure!
- Natural yoghurt optional
- Preheat oven to 120C (or just a warming temp.)
- Mix up the pancake batter and set aside (be sure to tell it you’ll be back for some Northern Exposure in about 10 mins, otherwise it’ll get separation anxiety)
- Heat a large frying pan with a touch of ghee (this will keep the bacon from getting stuck in any way – as this would defeat the whole bacony purpose)
- Fry bacon until it turns golden and crispy (but not brown – it will keep cooking a little in the oven too!)
- Carefully move the fried bacon onto a lined baking tray and whack in the oven, reserving all of the leftover bacon grease.
- Pour a little of the bacon grease back into the pan, get the pan nice and hot, and then start ladling the pancake mix in (half-ladlefuls should do it).
- If you’ve got company, have another tray ready in the oven to keep the pancakes warm too (you gotta be thoughtful – it’s Canada Day!)
- To serve, pop some pancakes onto a plate, top with crispy bacon, drizzle with maple syrup and a scoop of yoghurt (if you have some)
- Hug your nearest Canuck and say “thanks for being from Canadia, friend”.