Wanting something a bit different for pancake day?
Scotch pancakes are also known as drop scones or griddle cakes. To keep Corsican hubby happy, I came up with an Auld Alliance version, merging the two nations in a simple pancake. Here I’ve made them slightly different with the addition of chestnut flour, which is a typical rustic flour used in Corsican cuisine. It just adds a nutty, rich texture and goes beautifully when paired with orange. Serve warm with plenty of honey and/or warmed marmalade for something special. Adding a touch of Corsican liqueur just gives a subtle kick to the flavour.
Scotch Corsican Pancakes
Makes 12 pancakes
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Resting Time: 30 minutes (put your feet up & have a cup of tea..)
Cooking Time: 10 minutes
70g plain flour
45g chestnut flour
2 tsp baking powder
30g butter, diced & softened
1 tbsp caster sugar
1 tbsp Corsican Chestnut Liqueur (or Grand Marnier), optional
- Sift the flours, sugar, baking powder & salt in a large bowl. Add the butter and rub into the flour until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.
- Make a well in the centre. Whisk in the egg, the liqueur (if using*) and gradually add in the milk until thick and creamy. Set aside the mixture for 30 minutes so that the glutens in the flour expand. This will make your pancakes light and fluffy (which I didn’t do for the photos here. I was in a rush to run the kids back to school at lunch and you can see they’re as flat as a pancake. 30 mins rest does make a difference).
- Lightly grease a griddle/pancake pan or heavy frying pan and preheat it.
- Cook in batches. Drop the equivalent of 4 spoonfuls of the mixture spaced apart over medium heat for 3 minutes until bubbles rise to the surface and burst.
- Turn the pancakes over and cook for a further 2 minutes.
* If you don’t want to use alcohol, replace the liqueur with orange flower water.
Update: I’m still learning: I should have just lumped these Scotch Corsican Pancakes with the blethery blog post on one page. So if it’s the chatter you’re after, see le blog: Chestnuts! From Pancakes to Ice Cream to Macarons…