Apple and Raisin Pancakes with Chocolate Sauce and a Frying Pan Review
Having seen a a review of the Ozeri Green Earth Frying pan over at Elizabeth’s Kitchen Diary with its toxin-free, non-stick qualities, I was keen to try it out for myself. I fell in love with the cheerful lime green colour, despite my desire for only red equipment in my kitchen. I particularly liked its non-polluting environmental credentials. I’ve always been very wary of non-stick cookware and have tried to steer clear of it due to its purportedly toxic nature. Made out of heavy-gauge anodized aluminium for even cooking, the natural ceramic coating on this pan is 100% PTFE and PFOA free, meaning there are no heavy metals or chemicals present. The surface is textured which apparently helps to prevent food sticking and also speeds up cooking times by allowing heat to flow underneath the food. Ozeri claim that the coating is more durable and scratch resistant than other non-stick pans – only time and use will tell on that one.
CT and I love pancakes, but rarely cook them as we usually have problems with them sticking. Frying butter at high heat fills the kitchen with greasy smoke and then I have to spend ages cleaning the pan. Pancakes, it seemed, were just the thing to test out the new pan.
Really, it was a wonder. I rubbed a tiny amount of butter over the pan before heating and then added no further fat throughout the cooking process. There was no sticking at all. The pancakes cooked quickly over a moderate heat and I was able to turn them easily. I found the heat resistant silicone coated handle very comfortable to use and the pan well balanced. The 20 cm pan is a really nice size and fits a gap between my large pan and rather teensy one, just the right size for an omelette in fact. Cleaning up was a breeze. There was no discolouration and I could quite easily have just run a piece of kitchen paper around it rather than washing it up. I’ve also used the pan to slow fry onions and that worked a dream as well. Storing the pan is a bit annoying as care has to be taken not to scratch the coating. I’ve been lining it with a piece of kitchen towel before putting it away to avoid scratching. I have seen reviews that say the non-stick quality doesn’t last very long, but the accompanying instructions do say an occasional clean with vinegar is needed to prevent a build up of food, which will render the cooking surface sticky. All in all, I am very pleased with my pan and will be making good use of it – now where are those eggs?
Oh and I nearly forgot to say, the buckwheat pancakes were super delicious, especially smothered as they were with honeyed chocolate sauce. I was rather pleased with my apple addition and the raisins and cinnamon lifted them out of the ordinary.
- 115g buckwheat flour
- 1 tsp gluten free baking powder
- a pinch sea salt
- 1/3 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 large egg (I used a duck egg)
- 150 ml milk (I used sour milk)
- 1 small apple – peeled, cored and grated
- 1 tbsp raisins
- 60g dark chocolate
- 100 ml double cream
- a pinch sea salt
- 1 heaped tsp honey
- Sieve the dry ingredients into a bowl. Make a well in the centre and break in the egg.
- Start to stir, gradually moving outwards from the centre, adding the milk as you go. Do this too quickly and you could end up with lumps. If this happens just whisk it.
- Stir in the raisins and apple. Leave to rest whilst making the chocolate sauce.
- Grate a little of the chocolate for decoration (about 5g) and set aside.
- Place the cream, chocolate, honey and salt in a small pan over low heat and stir from time to time until the sauce is smooth. glossy and hot.
- Lightly grease a griddle or non-stick frying pan and place over a moderate heat.
- Drop a heaped tbsp of the batter onto the pan (more if there is room) and leave for a few minutes for. The pancake is ready to turn when holes start to appear in the top of the batter. Turn and cook the other side for a couple of minutes. Place on a plate in a warm oven and repeat until all the batter is used.
- Stack three pancakes on two plates and pour over the chocolate sauce. Scatter the grated chocolate over the top.