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Apple and Raisin Pancakes with Chocolate Sauce and a Frying Pan Review

Pancake StackHaving 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.

Apple & Raisin Pancakes with Chocolate Sauce
Yields 6
Thick sugarless buckwheat pancakes with apple, raisins and cinnamon for flavour, covered with a rich chocolate sauce.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 115g buckwheat flour
  2. 1 tsp gluten free baking powder
  3. a pinch sea salt
  4. 1/3 tsp ground cinnamon
  5. 1 large egg (I used a duck egg)
  6. 150 ml milk (I used sour milk)
  7. 1 small apple ā€“ peeled, cored and grated
  8. 1 tbsp raisins
  9. 60g dark chocolate
  10. 100 ml double cream
  11. a pinch sea salt
  12. 1 heaped tsp honey
Instructions
  1. Sieve the dry ingredients into a bowl. Make a well in the centre and break in the egg.
  2. 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.
  3. Stir in the raisins and apple. Leave to rest whilst making the chocolate sauce.
  4. Grate a little of the chocolate for decoration (about 5g) and set aside.
  5. 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.
  6. Lightly grease a griddle or non-stick frying pan and place over a moderate heat.
  7. 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.
  8. Stack three pancakes on two plates and pour over the chocolate sauce. Scatter the grated chocolate over the top.
Tin and Thyme http://tinandthyme.uk/
I was sent an 8″ Ozeri green earth frying pan to try out with no requirement to write a favourable review. As always, all opinions are my own.

 

Comments

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    Lizzy (Good Things)
    30th October 2013

    I love the sorts of pans where you don’t need loads of fat…. your apple and raisin pancakes look quite scrumptious!

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      Choclette
      1st November 2013

      Thanks Lizzy, it’s a bit of a revelation for me and I’m really enjoying cooking with it.

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    belleau kitchen
    30th October 2013

    honeyed chocolate sauce, how gorgeous… and I love the green pan too… really want these now!

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      Choclette
      1st November 2013

      Thanks Dom, the pancakes were good, the chocolate sauce was good and together they were sublime šŸ™‚

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      Choclette
      1st November 2013

      Haha Jac, my aim is to get a pancake stack that looks as good as your iconic one – that is true food porn.

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    Angela
    31st October 2013

    That chocolate sauce looks so, so good. I have had my eye on the Ozeri wok for a while now so fingers crossed it makes an appearance at Christmas šŸ™‚

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      Choclette
      1st November 2013

      Good luck Angela. If I had any space in my kitchen, I’d be after the wok too as I’m very impressed by the pan.

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    Joanna @ Zeb Bakes
    1st November 2013

    Can you let us know how your pan is performing in a year’s time? I have looked at these and often wondered but read mixed reviews. Your new stripey plates are very very lovely! We make pancakes in an old Mermaid pan, properly seasoned and not allowed near detergent it rarely sticks. I wonder if we have lost the skill of looking after old style non non-stick cookware or whether it is not made as well as it used to be. Lots of pans you can buy are not really thick enough based to allow for good and even heat distribution, but I confess I am no expert either. Now I want pancakes for breakfast! They look yummy!

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      Choclette
      2nd December 2013

      I think you are probably right Joanna. My mother has an old iron pan that just goes on and on and on.

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    Jane Sarchet
    1st November 2013

    Jeepers creepers that pancake stacks looks proper yummy! I’ve often thought about making a cake from pancakes, but never seem to stop myself from eating them as SOON as they are cooked!
    Janie x

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      Choclette
      2nd December 2013

      Yes Jane, a little restraint is needed and I must say, I don’t manage it very often either šŸ™‚

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    Elizabeth
    1st November 2013

    I know what you mean about pancakes sticking to pans. I’ve always had a problem with that too until my Ozeri pan arrived! Your pancakes look divine! I could seriously go a big helping of them just now šŸ™‚ Thank you ever so much for the mention – I really appreciate it xx

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      Choclette
      2nd December 2013

      You’re very welcome Elizabeth. How is your pan performing now you’ve had it a while?

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    Foodhuntr
    2nd November 2013

    Thanks to Choclette for this nice post. Apple , honey , chocolate all are mouth watering food item. It’s preparing time is also not too much. Hope to try to take the taste soon.

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      Choclette
      2nd December 2013

      Thank you and you are right. Pancakes are great to make when you want something quick and tasty.

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    Charlene F
    2nd November 2013

    Those pancakes look lovely, and I love frying pans where you don’t have to use a lot of fat (saves on the calories) x

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    Maya Russell
    15th November 2013

    Like the colour of the frying pan. Makes my black and grey ones look so boring.

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    Herbert Appleby
    26th November 2013

    sounds like a great pan i wonder how it would cope with a regular Chinese stir fry a day..

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      Choclette
      2nd December 2013

      Well indeed, that would be interesting. We used to live on stir fries in the days when we had a wok, but hardly every have them any more – probably because we no longer have a wok šŸ˜‰

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    Maya Russell
    2nd December 2013

    I had no idea you could use vinegar to clean & help prevent build up of food on the pan. Is that white vinegar?

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      Choclette
      2nd December 2013

      It hasn’t got to the point where I’ve needed to clean it, but I would have thought any vinegar would be fine.

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    Maya Russell
    4th December 2013

    Thanks for that! I like the layered pancake look. I never get beyond one pancake before it’s eaten!

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