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Blackberry & Apple Spelt Pancakes with Brown Buttered Cobnuts

Blackberry & Apple Spelt Pancakes with Brown Buttered Cobnuts

September is the month for blackberries, apples and green cobnuts. Yes cobnuts are good at Christmas to be sure, but eat them fresh in September and it’s quite a different experience. These blackberry & apple spelt pancakes with brown buttered cobnuts are a taste sensation – truly.


I thought I was going to miss the blackberry season as I’ve been so busy. Apart from eating the odd blackberry when I’ve been out and about I’ve not picked any this year – not until the day I made these blackberry & apple spelt pancakes with brown buttered cobnuts that is. Whilst I was perusing Ren Behan’s excellent new cookbook, Wild Honey & Rye, I saw a recipe for apple pancakes – well! I’ve got apples falling into the garden from next door’s tree and it seems a shame to waste them. What goes best with apples? Blackberries of course. Time to finally do a bit of brambling and make some blackberry & apple pancakes.


But where do the brown buttered cobnuts come in I hear you cry? As it happens, I was sent some green cobnuts recently from Potash Farm. I was wondering what sort of recipe to create with them and asked for ideas on Instagram. Tattysquawk said she flash fried them in olive oil with a pinch of salt. Brilliant idea. Only I decided to fry mine in butter and use them to top my blackberry and apple spelt pancakes.

They sizzled wonderfully while the butter browned and then suddenly started popping. I wasn’t expecting that. They became golden and somewhat to my surprise, wonderfully stripy. The fresh cobnuts are really good, but my brown buttered cobnuts are sensational. Raw, the cobnuts are crisp and slightly juicy and have a sweet and almost coconutty flavour.

New and Old Season Kentish Cobnuts

 Kentish cobnuts are sold with their husks on during September and October. After that, they go darker and are sold in the form that most will recognise. If you want to try them while they’re still green, you better get your skates on, as I understand they are quite popular. Now I can see why.

Potash Farm

I’ve written about Potash Farm in previous posts, but I’d not tried their green cobnuts before. I’m really glad I have now. The farm is situated in the rolling Kent countryside and it grows a lot of cobnuts. It has an ever widening reputation for selling high quality nuts and produce made with nuts, both online and at their farm shop. I can attest that Potash Farm fudge is exceedingly good.

Blackberry & Apple Spelt Pancakes with Brown Buttered Cobnuts

Blackberry & Apple Spelt Pancakes with Brown Butter Cobnuts

Blackberry & apple spelt pancakes are easy to make. The only difficulty I had was having to cook them one by one; I could only find a little pan to cook with. If you use a normal size pan you should be able to cook three at a time. The nuts I left to last and they cooked really quickly. I made enough batter to make two days worth of pancakes so I could enjoy them again the next day. I’m so glad I did. The pancakes were delicious with bursts of blackberry surprising the taste buds every so often. The brown buttered cobnuts were the icing on the cake and married superbly with the apple & blackberry flavours as well as providing a contrasting crunch.

Blackberry & Apple Spelt Pancakes with Brown Buttered Cobnuts – The Recipe

Blackberry & Apple Spelt Pancakes with Brown Buttered Cobnuts
Blackberry & Apple Spelt Pancakes
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins
Forget blackberry and apple crumble, these pancakes are fantastic, especially when topped with early season green buttered cobnuts. Ideal for late summer or early autumn.
Course: Afternoon Tea
Serves: 8 pancakes
Author: Choclette @ Tin and Thyme
  • 125 ml milk
  • 1 tbsp yoghurt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp golden caster sugar plus ½ tsp for scattering over the top
  • 75 g wholemeal spelt flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • a good grating of nutmeg
  • 1 medium sized windfall apple - peeled cored and grated
  • handful of blackberries
  • handful of green cobnuts - shelled
  • 2 tsp butter
  1. Place everything but the fruit, nuts and butter into a bowl and whisk until well incorporated.
  2. Stir in the apple and finally the blackberries.
  3. Add ⅓ of a tsp of butter to a non-stick frying pan and heat to medium. Place 2 tablespoonfuls of batter in the pan x 3.
  4. Cook for about 3 minutes or until bubbles appear all over the top of the pancakes. Flip them over and fry for a further 2-3 minutes.
  5. Place in the oven to keep warm whilst you repeat the process until all of the batter is used up.
  6. Add the final tsp of butter to the hot pan and throw in the cobnuts. Cook for about 3 minutes until the butter has browned and the cobnuts start to pop. Shake the pan occasionally.
  7. Pile the pancakes onto a plate, scatter with the remaining sugar and pour the golden cobnuts and brown butter over the top.
Recipe Notes

You can easily double the recipe to make more if needed.

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  1. Leave a Reply

    Angie@Angie's Recipes
    14th September 2017

    Those nuts look like mini hazelnuts..and if they have coconuty taste, then I am sure I will love them. These pancakes look wonderful!

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      15th September 2017

      Thanks Angie. They are actually larger than hazelnuts and are absolutely delicious.

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    Kitty Morris
    14th September 2017

    these look absolutely delicious! I haven’t tried cobnuts but I think they sound great

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      15th September 2017

      Cobnuts are great for all sorts of reasons Kitty. They’re delicious and they are grown here in the UK.

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    Nayna Kanabar
    15th September 2017

    Your pancakes sound amazing and would be perfect for brunch. I love apple blackberry combinations with cinnamon any time. I can’t say I have tried cob nuts before but something to look out for now for sure.

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      15th September 2017

      Yes, perfect for brunch Nayna. Cobnuts are well worth trying if you can get your hands on some.

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    Kavey Favelle
    15th September 2017

    Blackberries and cobnuts, what a lovely autumn combination, and great in pancakes. Love the look of these!

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      15th September 2017

      Thanks Kavey – I do love autumn for all the wonderful fruit and nuts.

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    Eb Gargano | Easy Peasy Foodie
    15th September 2017

    Wow – what a lovely celebration of the season!! Shame you didn’t link them up or I’d have included them in my roundup for sure!! Thanks for linking up with #CookBlogShare 🙂 Eb x

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    15th September 2017

    I’ve never seen cobnuts before but they look lovely, I wonder if the local farm shop would have them. Your pancakes look perfect for breakfast this weekend, will give them a go for sure. All that autumnal fruit!

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    15th September 2017

    I love cob nuts, they are so creamy and delicious. What a nice idea to combine them with pancakes and blackberries!

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    15th September 2017

    These look delicious! I’ve never tried green cobnuts before but will definitely look out for them now. They make such a lovely topping for the pancakes. Thanks for sharing with #CookOnceEatTwice!

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    Alida @My Little Italian Kitchen
    19th September 2017

    Gorgeous pancakes! So perfect for this time of year. I buy cobnuts at my local farmers market. I always try to buy food that’s in season. I love that you have used spelt. I use spelt flour all the time now especially for my weekly pizza (which my family loves).

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