Wahey! Only 14 days left until my trip to Singapore/Japan and I cannot waiiit! I am hoping for some serious cherry blossom action to meet me while I’m over there! I hope you’re looking forward to a flurry of Japanese posts when I get back because I plan to get writing with all the things we see and do!
It wasn’t too long ago that my bf received these adorable Star Wars pancake molds as a birthday gift from a close friend and what better excuse on the weekend to whip up a batch of pancakes to give these a try?
I must admit I botched a few pancakes on my first few goes so it took a little practice, but after some trial and error, it wasn’t too hard to get the pancakes out of the molds. I will give you two pieces of advice should you want to make these though, number one being always oil the pan before adding batter for each new pancake. A teaspoon or so of oil should do it each time. The second piece of advice I will give you is to use a butter knife to help ease the cooked pancake out of the mold – they have a tendency to tear, but if you’re gentle, you should have a well formed pancake to pop out.
The pack actually came with three molds – one storm trooper, one of Darth Vader and also one of Yoda, but I found that even my largest pan couldn’t fit the Yoda mold.. so sorry, no Yoda pancakes this time around! I’ll need a griddle or super large pan to make that one I think!
Ever since going dairy free lately, I have become slightly obsessed with using coconut milk/cream in my everyday recipes to replace that creamy flavour from cream and milk (maybe I should change my blog name to Coconut Crusade?) and these coconut pancakes from Taste.com fit the bill very nicely!
Unfortunately these pancakes are not gluten free. I have been experimenting with gluten and manged to eat a couple of these pancakes without too heavy consequences (hooray!) and will try and experiment with myself a bit more. I have tried box mix buckwheat pancakes (Organ brand) but they weren’t too great – kind of cardboardy and with a not awesome texture. Might need to do a bit of experimentation on that front, but this time around, self raising flour did the job pretty well.
These pancakes are very moreish with that great coconut flavour from the coconut cream and dessicated coconut (which also gives it a nice texture). You could try eating these with maple syrup, powdered sugar and freshly squeezed lime juice, lime curd or wherever your imagination takes you! If you don’t have the Star Wars molds, just try cook the batter as you would do your regular pancakes – they will still turn out great!
Coconut Pancakes with Lime Coconut Caramel Sauce (dairy free) pancake recipe from Taste.com, lime coconut caramel sauce by CookingCrusade.com
Serves: 3-4 people
Time to prepare: About 10 minutes to prep. I chilled my batter in the fridge overnight but you could do this for just 20 minutes or less
- 1 cup self raising flour
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar (or grated palm sugar)
- 1 cup coconut milk
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup dessicated coconut (If I had a bit more time, I would have liked to toast this before adding to the batter)
- Butter OR vegan margarine OR rice bran oil OR coconut oil (you decide!) to fry pancakes in
Lime Coconut Caramel Sauce
- 4 tablespoons kaya or coconut jam (I bought my jar of coconut jam from a Filipino grocery store)
- the juice of 1 lime
- 2 tablespoons coconut milk
Equipment needed: 1 large bowl and wooden spoon for the pancakes, a pouring jug, 1 fry pan and a spatula and one small microwave safe bowl for the sauce
- Combine flour, sugar and dessicated coconut in a large bowl and mix to combine. Add coconut milk and crack in eggs and stir until thoroughly combined. Pour into a jug, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 20 minutes or overnight to be ready for breakfast in the morning.
- Heat a large fry pan over high heat and add your choice of butter, oil, etc. Place your Star Wars pancake mould (or not) into the hot fry pan and swirl with oil (others have suggested also spraying the moulds with oil prior to placing in the pan). Turn heat down to medium, erring on medium low and pour the batter into your mould. Allow to cook for about 4-5 minutes, or until there are plenty of bubbles on the surface and the batter pulls away from the edges of the mould.
- Gently ease the pancake out of the mould with the assistance of a butter knife, remove mould and flip pancake. Fry for about 1-2 minutes or until cooked in the middle and well browned on either side.
- For the lime coconut sauce, simply combine all ingredients in a small microwave safe bowl and microwave on ten second bursts. Stir well until combined and drizzle over pancakes. If your sauce is too thin, you might like to thicken it with a paste of cornflour/water and reheat in the microwave until you reach your desired consistency (but this is of course optional).
These Star Wars pancake moulds are made by Williams Sonoma. For my US readers, you can find these pancake moulds here on Williams-Sonoma.com (unfortunately they do not ship these to Australia). For Aussies, I would recommend typing in “Star Wars Pancake Molds” into eBay – I found a few when I last checked it out – you should be able to find them on there. Otherwise it seems tricky to buy them in-stores! If anyone sees them please let me know and I will update this post!
Hope you are having a very happy Friday – the weekend is very nearly upon us and that can only ever be a good thing!