It is Pancake Day! From the French crêpe that is paper-thin and somewhat crispy, to the thicker pancakes prepared with a raising agent in other countries, pancakes are enjoyed in a variety of ways. In our country, we generally make them like the French, and heap them with cinnamon sugar and lemon juice, or syrup.
So to celebrate Pancake Day, dynamic twin chefs, foodies and Laager Rooibos ambassadors, Lebo and Tebo Ndala from @withlovefromthetwins, share three of their pancake recipes with a twist.
Savoury crêpes with a Rooibos Bobotie filling
You’ll need: For the pancake batter – 2 eggs; 1 ½ cups of milk; 1 cup all-purpose flour; 1 Tbsp sugar; 1 Tbsp vegetable oil
For the Bobotie – 1 onion, finely chopped; 15ml curry powder; 2ml cumin; 3ml turmeric; 500g beef mince; 40ml chutney; 40ml raisins; 250ml strongly brewed Laager Rooibos tea
Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl until batter is thin and smooth.
Pour ¼ cup of batter into a buttered pan and swirl around until crêpe is thin.
Cook for 1-2 minutes per side. Repeat until the mixture is finished.
Heat oil in a saucepan. Sauté onions until translucent.
Add curry powder, cumin and turmeric. Fry for 1 minute. Add the mince and cook until browned.
Add the chutney, raisins and tea. Cook for around 10-15 minutes until the sauce thickens.
Adjust seasoning. Cool slightly, and fill the crêpes with Bobotie mixture.
Serve with extra chutney if desired.
Rooibos Pancake Cake
You’ll need: For the pancake batter – 3 eggs; 8 Laager Rooibos teabags; 4 cups milk; 4 Tbsp oil; 1 Tbsp vanilla essence; 3 cups cake flour; ½ tsp baking powder; pink food colouring for ½ of the batter
For the icing – 3 tubs cream cheese; 6 Tbsp strawberry yogurt; ½ cup icing sugar
For the topping – strawberries for garnish; dusting of icing sugar
In a saucepan, warm up the milk and Laager Rooibos teabags until infused. Simmer for 2-3 minutes and then cool completely.
In a large bowl, combine the eggs, milk, oil and vanilla essence.
Sift the flour and baking powder into the wet mixture. Blend together until smooth using a hand mixer.
Divide batter into two bowls. Colour the one bowl of batter with a few drops of pink colouring and mix until combined.
Use a non-stick pan to make pancakes. Heat a bit of oil or use cooking spray for the pan, then fry the pancakes.
Blend all the icing ingredients together until smooth. Spread icing over each pancake and then stack the pancakes one on top of the other, alternating colours – pink and white.
Ice the top of the pancake cake and garnish with fresh strawberries and a dusting of icing sugar.
Slice and serve.
Gluten-free pancakes with strawberry and Rooibos topping
You’ll need: For the pancake batter – 2 bananas; 2 eggs; ½ cup almond flour; 1 tsp ground cinnamon; 2 Tbsp sugar; 1 cup milk; butter (for shallow frying)
For the topping – ½ cup of strong brewed Laager Rooibos Tea (we suggest the Original Laager Pure Rooibos or the Laager Cranberry & Wild Cherry Rooibos); ½ cup fresh strawberries; ½ cup brown sugar
Mix all the pancake ingredients together to form a smooth batter.
In a medium non-stick frying pan, melt the butter and pour in ¼ cup batter to make 1 pancake. Swirl the batter around to cover the entire pan. Cook until the sides form little bubbles.
Turn over and cook the other side. Repeat until all the batter is used up.
Add the Laager Rooibos, strawberries and sugar into a saucepan and bring to a simmer.
Cook until the liquid has reduced to half and until the strawberries are very soft.
Serve the pancakes with warm syrup or wait for it to cool.
Image credit: withlovefromthetwins