Saturday, August 25, 2007

Flip It Like It's Hot(cake)

Coffee hotcakes with Rosy Red Oranges and maple syrup

As for me the notion of breakfast, as a meal, generally oscillates between the comfort of routine and the pleasure of ceremony. Somehow, you can have the same thing for breakfast everyday and it’s no drama, as if we need to start the day with one constant before we are hit by all the variables that follow throughout. Then there is the ritual of the café breakfast, now that’s another thing.

We’ve made it somewhat of a sport to go out for breakfast here in Sydney, and if you are even trendier or sporting a hangover on a Saturday morning, it’s brunch. But it seems that the café breakfast, no matter what time of day is experiencing a revival. Before, it seemed rather preposterous that you would even leave your house at such an early hour to go and have breakfast out, when you can have a perfectly good one at home, but times are a changing. Nowadays, the hottest thing in Sydney’s eateries is the breakfast menu and I’m not the only one who has noticed.

Rosy red orange peel

But then again who can maintain such an addiction? As much as I do love the idea of breakfast out everyday, my hip pocket simply isn’t big enough. And besides, sometimes, all I want for breakfast is a good warm bowl of porridge and nice cup of tea. I know there was once upon a time, when I was about ten, or maybe even twelve when all I wanted for breakfast was chorizo and toast. This craving lasted for weeks and I remember my mum stocking up with containers of chorizo in our freezer just to keep up with my morning appetite.

I’ve now kicked that nagging chorizo habit in the mornings, and have move on to something else. I love pancakes or are they hotcakes, well either one. I’ve done pancakes/hotcakes at many a Sydney eatery; there were the nutella pancakes at La Plage, of course Bill’s ricotta hotcakes, sourdough ones from Brasserie Bread (which I highly recommend) and there were the hotcakes at Fifi Foveaux’s, which I might add are preferable to Bill’s- sorry Bill. But now it’s time to take the hotcake back to my own kitchen.

Cooking hotcakes

Setting down a plate of hotcakes at my own dining table didn’t have the same allure as eating them out at some café, but the taste was certainly enough to distract me from my humble surroundings. I made coffee flavoured hotcakes (or are they pancakes?) with some rosy red oranges and a drizzling of maple syrup. And to sound crudely cliché- it was simple and satisfying. Which I guess is what everyone looks for in a breakfast; I’ve never seen anyone sit down for a three course breakfast and whoever has the time to do so should really re evaluate how they spend it. Breakfast can be familiar and breakfast can be unchanging, but it should never be boring, or convoluted.

As for these hotcakes, well let their taste speak and that heady aroma of coffee in the kitchen for themselves. Then perhaps you can sit down and contemplate whether you are eating hotcakes or pancakes because I really don’t know the difference between the two and truth be known, I really don’t care, as long as they taste great.

Coffee Hotcakes with Rosy Red Oranges

adapted from Delicious Magazine, June 2005
serves 4

Coffee hotcakes with Rosy Red Oranges and maple syrup

1 1/3 cups (200g) self-raising flour
1 tbsp instant coffee granules
½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tbs golden caster sugar
1 egg, separated
200g Greek yoghurt
200ml milk
20g unsalted butter, melted, plus extra to brush

To serve
Rosy red oranges, peeled and segmented
Icing sugar, to dust
Maple syrup or honey

Sift the flour, soda and baking powder into a bowl and stir in the coffee and sugar.
In a separate bowl, beat together the egg yolk, yoghurt, milk and melted butter.
Beat in the dry ingredients.
Place the eggwhite in a separate bowl and whisk until soft peaks form.
Fold the eggwhites into the batter.
Brush a non-stick frypan with melted butter and place over medium-high heat.
Drop 1/4 –cup of mixture into the pan for 1-2 minutes until golden.
Flip over and cook for a further minute until golden on other side.
Transfer to a baking tray loosely covered with foil, and keep warm in a low oven while you make the remaining hotcakes.
Serve 2-3 hotcakes per person with some sliced rosy red oranges.
Drizzle with some maple syrup or honey and dust with icing sugar.


Pille said...

We tried making coffee pancakes few months ago, but weren't too impressed with them. Maybe we'll have more luck with your recipe:)

Jerry said...

Yummy! And I love your title! That is the perfect hang over remedy! Screw pizza for dinner, I think I'll have pancakes!

Trysha said...

There is only one thing that could lure me from lurking...Nutella! Nutella Pancakes: so obvious!! I know what we're having for breakfast tomorrow.

Chubbypanda said...

I love hotcakes; Light, fluffy, and spongy, perfect for soaking up syrup.

Mercedes said...

Oh, I like the idea of an early cafe breakfast, although I don't think I could get my sleep-late New York friends to come along! The coffee pancakes sound delicious!

Mari said...

I'm all about brunch, but not living in the States anymore has hampered my brunching habits, as it's not really a thing here in the NL. Anyways, I totally agree with you Jennifer, making breakfast at home is less expensive and tastier. This hotcakes, look HOT! I'm going to this recipe out this weekend! Yum!

Cara said...

I love breakfast! I have to try these! You have the best recipes here!

Anonymous said...

I've never thought about the combination of coffee and grapefruit in one dish - but how perfect for a breakfast pick-me-up. My website is having a breakfast recipe contest - you should submit this!

Anonymous said...

mmmm, breakfast. i wrote all about breakfast in my blog last saturday:

i think i even linked to the same SMH article as you :)

those hotcakes look delicious!

Glenna said...

Jenni what an interesting flavor combo--looks delicious! Thanks for entering in breakfast blogging.

Christine said...

I have never thought of making coffee pancakes. Usually I just drink coffee!

These look incredible, and as if they won't become blobs of densely cooked batter after soaking up the syrup!!! (That's my pancake issue and why I prefer making them at home.)

Anonymous said...

This looks good and i would love to try making this. While i was visiting Australia, i tastes crampets first time with good recommendation but it was not good at all. American pancake or waffle are much better than that peculier crampets. I will try this to get godo impression of Australian breakfast.