I just recently learned that Shrove Thuesday is also known as Pancake day in Britain! In Sweden we call it “Semeldagen” after this cake we traditionally eat; semla. Its a cardamom bun filled with lots of cream and almond paste. As delicious as it sounds a am not a bit fan. It just all gets a bit too much, with the white bun, all that cream, the overly sweet almond paste and then powederd sugar on top.
Pancakes on the other hand, I could eat every day! Its such a simple, filling food, and I love how you can make them in so many variaties and different flavours. It is equally scrummy just with lemon and sugar or jam as with several luxerious fillings.
The other day with a idea for a cross over between a pancakes for Shrove Thuesday, and a banoffe pie, that I have been wanting to do for some time. To use bananna- and oat pancakes instead of a pie crust, make toffee from dates and swop the cream for vanilla yoghurt would make it sugar and gluten free, and make a mix between desert and breakfast that could be irrestisteble. And it was! It is one of the best pancake dishes I have ever had! The pancakes turned out fluffy and light, with perfect sweetnes from the banana, the somewhat sickening sweet date sause was balanced by the light and slightly sour yoghurt, and the sliced bananas and roasted almonds on top gave it that little extra sweetnes and crunchyness in the end. It may not be perfect surface, but the context make you want more. And it makes you full enough to acctually manage all the way through lent : )
I used a base for scotch pancakes, and added ground oats to the mixture to make it even more Scotish. So I guess the correct name could be…
Scotch banana-oat cake banoffe pancakes
1 decilitre grounded oats or oat flour
1 organic egg
1, 5 decilitre oat milk or cow milk
1 pinch of salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
Ground the oats if you use whole oats. Mix the banana, egg, salt and milk with a mixer. Add the oat flour and the baking powder. Let set for about 10 minutes. Fry small pancakes and let them cool.
Date toffee sauce:
1/2 decilitre oat cream or cow cream
1-2 tbsp oat milk or cow milk
1 pinch of salt
Rinse the dates and peel of the thin shell and take out the seed. Mix dates with cream, milk and salt with a mixer untill it turns in to a smooth sause
Aprox. 2 decilitre vanilla yoghurt or plain yoghurt mixed with some vanilla sugar
1/2 decilitre chopped and roasted almonds, hazelnuts or walnuts
Place a pancake on a plate. Spread a layer of vanilla yoghurt and one of date toffee. Do the same with 2 layers more. Sprinkle the sliced banana and the chopped roasted nuts on top. Serve!