Well I just LOVE pancakes! And the great thing is they are so versatile. The other great thing is my 2 yr old son LOVES them too. This means I can often sneak salad in and he still enjoys them. Though when he is starting to get filled up he picks the filling out and just eats the pancake, sneakily getting more pancake that way.
Yesterday we had pancakes for lunch – this is something we quite often do because they are quite quick and I can put quite a lot of salad in them. Yesterdays were especially delicious – we had them with grilled crispy bacon, lovely ripe avocado, tomato and fresh salad leaves. And then for afters with Xylitol and cinnamon; (I am now off sugar too as have been diagnosed with Candida) but that is a whole other subject.
These pancakes may not strictly be Anti-Candida, but as a pregnant and poorly mom they are a compromise I think at least mean I get my son to eat some veg and don’t wear myself out too much. I wonder if anyone has tried taking filled pancakes to work for lunch, I sent my hubby off with buckwheat pancakes and salad fillings and they seemed to go down nicely. Buckwheat pancakes are a bit funny (ok Yucky) tasting at first but with salad and tuna or bacon in they are really quite nice once you get used to them. To make them – just follow the instructions on the buckwheat flour bag – they are of course much better for you if you are on the Anti-Candida diet.
Here is my Gluten Free Pancake recipe
1 cup (250ml) plain gluten-free flour
1 large egg
1 tablespoon cooking oil
water (you will need less liquid than when making with wheat flour)
Whisk all ingredients together – add water until you get the consistency of about pouring cream. Make them thicker rather than too thin if you are not sure – you can add more water if you need to. You might want to try a pancake out to see if its right. I use a soup ladle and put about 4/5ths of one in for each pancake. You will need a little oil in for the first one; make sure the base of the pan is completely but thinly coated – the pan needs to be hot but not smoking hot or the batter will just clump and skid and not cover the bottom of the pan in the right way. Oh and I find a little drop of oil in the pan before each pancake helps – not sure if this is just my pan, (I use one of those salad oil dispensers so that I don’t get too much.) If the mix is too thick your pancakes will be too thick and not cook through well. Add a little water. If too thin they will not hold together, the best thing to do is add another of all the ingredients and make it less thin when adding the water. I have never had any success with any other method of thickening the batter. The good thing is though that the batter keeps well in the fridge for a few days. I’m not sure how long as we tend to eat it up sooner rather than later.
One fairly essential tip is to always stir the mixture before scooping for your next pancake as the flour tends to sink very quickly!
Some other fillings we love are:
Ham and lettuce. Tuna or cold roast chicken shredded with mayonnaise (home-made with Xylitol if on the Anti-candida diet) and salad. Mushrooms sauted with onions (though not eating this one on Anti-Candida). Avocado with a sprinkle of salt and pepper – too yummy. Hummus and salad. Chocolate Coconut ice-cream with extra chocolate sauce (recipe to follow as soon as i find the piece of paper where i wrote what i did last time!).