Who says coffee is the only way to get your jolt? In these pancakes, Thai Tea, with its naturally sweet caramel flavors,is infused into the milk, and it certainly packs its own bright orange punch. Accompanied by multigrains and pecans, it makes for some serious energy bar competition! —LE BEC FIN
thick coconut milk, Chaukoh preferred
whole wheat flour regulare or pastry
white flour, AP or pastry
cornmeal, stoneground preferred
rolled oats, chopped briefly in processor
1/4 heaping teaspoons
packed dark brown sugar
melted unsalted butter
tea infused coconut milk from above
1/2- 1 cups
optional 1/2 teaspoon each
freshly ground cardamom and ground cinnamon
Heat coconut milk, stirring, to the point where bubbles form around the outside. Add thai tea, cover , remove from heat and set aside for at least 2 hours. Sieve. (Can be done a few days in advance.)
Combine flour through sugar. In another bowl, combine butter through tea infused coconut milk. Combine wet and dry bowls and stir quickly and thoroughly. Add buttermilk to desired thickness. Add pecans and optional spices. (After you cook a sample pancake, if batter is too thick, you can add more buttermilk. If batter is too thin, add a little cornmeal.)
Melt a thin coat of butter in non stick skillet over medium high heat. When hot and sizzling, but not brown and burning, drop batter by 1/4 cups, forming approximately 3" pancakes.(easier to fip when this size.) Cook a few minutes til air bubbles show on surface, flip and complete cooking a few more minutes til medium brown on bottom. Serve with warm maple syrup or azuki cream (sweet red bean paste.)
I am always on the lookout for innovative recipes, which is why I am just ga-ga over my recently- discovered Food52 with its amazingly innovative and talented contributors. My particular eating passions are Japanese, Indian, Mexican; with Italian and French following close behind. Turkish/Arabic/Mediterranean cuisines are my latest culinary fascination. My desert island ABCs are actually 4 Cs: citrus, cumin, cilantro, and cardamom.
I am also finally indulging in learning about food history; it gives me no end of delight to learn how and when globe artichokes came to the U.S., and how and when Jerusalem artichokes went from North America to Europe. And that the Americas enabled other cuisines to become glorious. I mean where would those countries be without: Corn, Tomatoes, Chiles,Peanuts, Dried Beans, Pecans, Jerusalem Artichokes??!
While I am an omnivore, I am, perhaps more than anything, fascinated by the the world of carbohydrates, particularly the innovative diversity of uses for beans, lentils and grains in South Indian and other cuisines.
Baking gives me much pleasure, and of all the things I wish would change in American food, it is that we would develop an appreciation for sweet foods that are not cloyingly sweet, and that contain more multigrains. (Wouldn't it be fantastic to have a country of great bakeries instead of the drek that we have in the U.S.?!)
I am so excited by the level of sophistication that I see on Food52 and hope to contribute recipes that will inspire you like yours do me.
I would like to ask a favor of all who do try a recipe of mine > Would you plse write me and tell me truthfully how it worked for you and/or how you think it would be better? I know many times we feel that we don't want to hurt someone's feelings, but. i really do want your honest feedback because it can only help me improve the recipe.Thanks so much.