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Apple and Raisin Pancakes with Chocolate Sauce

Stack of buckwheat apple and raisin pancakes smothered with chocolate sauce.

Thick sugarless apple and raisin pancakes made with buckwheat flour. Flavour them with cinnamon, cover with a rich honeyed chocolate sauce and you’ll have a delicious dessert ready in no time. 

Ozeri Green Earth Frying Pan

After I saw 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.

Green Frying Pan
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.

Buckwheat apple & raisin pancake cooking in a pan.

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.

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Apple & Raisin Pancakes with Chocolate Sauce – The Recipe

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Apple & Raisin Pancakes with Chocolate Sauce

Thick sugarless buckwheat pancakes with apple, raisins and cinnamon for flavour, covered with a rich chocolate sauce.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: British
Keyword: apples, buckwheat flour, chilli chocolate, chocolate sauce, pancakes, raisins
Servings: 8 pancakes
Author: Choclette

Ingredients

  • 115 g 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
  • 60 g dark chocolate
  • 100 ml double cream
  • a pinch sea salt
  • 1 heaped tsp honey

Instructions

  • 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.

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.

29 Comments

  1. Lizzy (Good Things)

    30th October 2013 at 8:22 am

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

    Reply
    • Choclette

      1st November 2013 at 7:49 am

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

      Reply
  2. belleau kitchen

    30th October 2013 at 11:40 am

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

    Reply
    • Choclette

      1st November 2013 at 7:51 am

      Thanks Dom, the pancakes were good, the chocolate sauce was good and together they were sublime 🙂

      Reply
  3. Jacqueline Meldrum

    31st October 2013 at 9:53 am

    OMG that is food porn Choclette. I think I could do with a pan like that too!

    Reply
    • Choclette

      1st November 2013 at 7:52 am

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

      Reply
  4. Angela

    31st October 2013 at 6:44 pm

    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 🙂

    Reply
    • Choclette

      1st November 2013 at 7:54 am

      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.

      Reply
  5. Joanna @ Zeb Bakes

    1st November 2013 at 8:37 am

    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!

    Reply
    • Choclette

      2nd December 2013 at 4:43 pm

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

      Reply
  6. Jane Sarchet

    1st November 2013 at 10:49 am

    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

    Reply
    • Choclette

      2nd December 2013 at 4:45 pm

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

      Reply
  7. Elizabeth

    1st November 2013 at 10:57 am

    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 🙂 Thank you ever so much for the mention – I really appreciate it xx

    Reply
    • Choclette

      2nd December 2013 at 4:45 pm

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

      Reply
  8. Angie Schneider

    2nd November 2013 at 8:10 am

    Awesome apple pancakes! So soft and fluffy!

    Reply
  9. Foodhuntr

    2nd November 2013 at 9:05 am

    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.

    Reply
    • Choclette

      2nd December 2013 at 4:48 pm

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

      Reply
  10. Charlene F

    2nd November 2013 at 8:58 pm

    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

    Reply
    • Choclette

      2nd December 2013 at 4:49 pm

      Indeed Charlene and so far it works a treat.

      Reply
  11. Maya Russell

    12th November 2013 at 9:05 am

    Ohh, I’ve never had buckwheat pancakes. Looks good.

    Reply
  12. Maya Russell

    15th November 2013 at 8:14 am

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

    Reply
  13. JaynesDen

    19th November 2013 at 1:38 pm

    These look amazing. The pancakes look so soft and fluffy.

    Reply
  14. Herbert Appleby

    26th November 2013 at 10:18 pm

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

    Reply
    • Choclette

      2nd December 2013 at 4:42 pm

      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 😉

      Reply
  15. Maya Russell

    2nd December 2013 at 9:47 am

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

    Reply
    • Choclette

      2nd December 2013 at 4:40 pm

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

      Reply
  16. Maya Russell

    4th December 2013 at 11:19 am

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

    Reply
  17. prwilson

    4th January 2014 at 12:38 am

    Oooh, they look soooo good.

    Reply

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