HHDD#22 - It's Pancake Time!

Caramelized pear pancakes

cream coloured ponies and crisp apple strudels
doorbells and sleigh bells and schnitzel with noodles
wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings
these are a few of my favorite things

Surely you've recognized the lyrics from Julie Andrews' favourite things in The Sound of Music. As much as I love apple strudel, I love pancakes more! So... my choice for this 22nd edition of Hay, hay it's Donna Day is Pancakes! I LOVE pancakes the American way (especially plain fluffy ones with fruit and honey or maple syrup) but I'm also a sucker for crepes French style (crisp and thin, folded with chocolate). All I ask is for you to use your pans any way you like, be it pancakes, crepes or pikelets, sweet or savoury, with scrumptious fillings and decadent garnishes or simply dusted with cinnamon and sugar - you choose it!

Caramelized pear pancakes

Caramelized Pear Pancakes
New Food Fast, p. 138, 162-164*

For the pancakes:

Makes 15

2 cups (250 g) plain flour, sifted
3 tsp baking powder, sifted
1/3 cup (85 g) caster sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 cup (375 ml) milk
75 g butter, melted
pinch of salt

Place the flour, baking powder and sugar in a bowl. Place the eggs, milk, and butter in a separate bowl and whisk until combined. Combine mixtures and whisk until smooth. (Add extra milk to get the right consistency, if necessary).

Heat a greased medium non-stick frying pan over medium heat. Pour 1/3 cup of the mixture into the pan and cook, in batches, until bubbles appear on the surface. Turn the pancakes and cook for 1 minute or until golden. Repeat with the remaining mixture.

For the caramelized pears:

Sauté some sliced pears (I used 2 large ripe but firm pears) with 60g of butter and 3 tablespoons of light brown sugar, until soft. Arrange in layers with the pancakes. Add 3 tablespoons of light brown sugar to the saucepan, and 1 cup of single or pouring cream. Boil until thick. Pour over the pear and pancake stack, and serve.

*I own the Portuguese version of this book. Apologies if the pages aren't the same from the original, also the recipe may be slightly different as it's my translation.

Donna Hay's recipes:
Pancakes (From Modern Classics 2), p.56
Crepes (From New Food Fast), p.165
Pikelets (From Modern Classics 2), p.62
Blueberry Banana Pancakes (From Simple Essentials Fruit)
Hoisin Pork with Onion Pancakes (From New Food Fast), p.36


Hay Hay Its Donna Day is open to all food and wine bloggers.

Entries submitted for HHDD must be made specifically for this event, although photos may be submitted to Does My Blog Look Good In This.

The host will select, make and post the original Donna Hay recipe without any changes. Participants may make the same recipe as is, or put their own spin on the recipe by altering the ingredients whilst remaining with the theme or if they prefer to share a well loved recipe within the theme. Entrants must include a link to the host in their post.

Entries can be made at any time once the event has been announced but must be posted and emailed to the host by the closing date.

Deadline for all posts to be up and submitted is September 8, 2008. I will be posting the round up a week later (September 15) and voting will then begin!

Please email all your entries to gourmetsamadores[AT]gmail[DOT]com from now on till September 8. In your email, please include the following information: your blog name, your name, your location, your recipe name, and the permalink to your entry.

Hay Hay Its Donna Day is a food event created by Barbara from Winos and Foodies and now under the wing of Bron Marshall.

Get your pans ready!


Clumbsy Cookie said...

Adorei Suzana, é um tema bem divertido!

Patricia Scarpin said...

Suzana, wonderful theme! I'm willing to take part in this HHDD.

Sylvia said...

Adorei Suzana, principalmente por adorar as receitas da Donna Hay. Vou ver se dou um jeito de participar

Aran said...

oh the sound of music... one of my all time comfort movies ever! you got me here!

Dhanggit said...

i missed the posting date for the tiramisu..i hope i wont miss it this time!! this is delicious Suzana! great theme too!!

Patricia Scarpin said...

Suzana, I haven't taken part in a HHDD in ages... But you have inspired me - count me in!

Rachel@fairycakeheaven said...

ooooooooooooooo exciting, can't wait!!!

ChichaJo said...

Fantastic theme! I love it! :)

Sweet Tooth said...

What a great choice. Just back from Canada, I need to get organized first, but I can start daydreaming now.


Anna said...

caramel and pear. a perfect combination.
those pancakes look wickedly good!

Barbara said...

Great theme Suzana. I think we will be having pancakes for breakfast this weekend.

talida said...

Pancakes is a superb idea! Looks like I, too, will have pancakes for breakfast this Saturday :)

Jude said...

Finally got my entry done. Thanks for hosting! I had fun writing this one.