Saturday, January 24, 2009

Wholemeal Spelt Pikelets

When baking, follow directions.  When cooking, go by your own taste.  ~Laiko Bahrs

'Tis a very happy morning when over breakfast cereal your Generous Gentleman says to you "Show me how to make that batter again.  I think I might make pancakes since I forgot to make bread last night."

So we all gathered round the stove as we prepared these lovely spelt pikelets which have become a wholesome nutritious part of our lives around here.  White or wholemeal spelt flour, adapt to suit and they are delicious.

Firstly we sifted the dry ingredients: 1 cup spelt flour, 1/4 tsp bicarb soda and 1/2 tsp cream of tartar (sometimes I add a little baking powder also).  Then for the wet ingredients we beat a free range egg and added this to some moisture.  You could use milk (0f any variety) but we use juice - orange, apple/mango, today it was grape (1/2 - 3/4 cup+).  Add 1 tsp honey, 1 tsp lemon juice (we added some apple juice concentrate today as we were all out of lemons).  Adjust the mixture as necessary to ensure you have enough moisture so as to create a runnyish batter and not glue (nothing further to divulge about how we got to that stage!)

Hand over the repaired moist batter to your loving hubby and watch him cook the most delicious pikelets.

He melts a little butter in some oil, spoons batter in with perfection, and patiently waits for bubbles and flips.

They are absolutely delicious with jam made with fruit pectin rather than sugar.  I buy mine, does anyone know how to make it at home?  Will have to look into that.  Another absolutely scrummy idea, inspired by Nigella, is to cook some berries in pure maple syrup - particularly blueberries, but our abundance of strawberries here has made a lovely soft syrupy jam as well.  Mmmm.

Bet you can't stop at one.


David said...

Mmm - yummy :-)

Maebh (reluctantly) passed on your tip by the way...we will have to give that a go! Thank you :-)

Btw - I got hyperthreaded today, by a very influential blogger in the US. How cool is that

Julie said...

Mmmmmmmmm, they look divine :-) Will definitely be giving them a go, thanks for the recipe.

Cheers, Julie

Anonymous said...

These are delicious, I have printed out the recipe for my little princess and prince and hubby of course, looking forward to giving them ago. Thanks for another delicious recipe Judy xx

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