Nigel Slater’s recipes for tomatoes with peas and feta, and blackberry and apple pancakes | Foodstuff

Audria Easterly

I piled the pancakes untidily on to a plate, their blackberry and apple filling peeping teasingly at the edges, then poured a jug of cream all over them and introduced them to the desk. The result of an hour or more’s do the job – making a batter, turning pancakes, peeling and stewing unwanted fat bramley apples – the fruit-filled bundles have been long gone in minutes.

I obtain you have to be in the temper for generating pancakes but the moment you get going, the activity becomes a delight. Each just one turns into a lot easier than the very last until all the batter is gone. I make a place of not working with also a great deal melted butter in the pan (just the thinnest film – often wiping the surplus off with kitchen area paper), then tilting the pan back and forth as I pour in the batter, a movement that encourages an even coating of the foundation of the pan. The 1st wafter-thin cake from the pan is generally a disaster, the torn and crumpled mass starting to be the cook’s perk with a squeeze of lemon and some gritty caster sugar. Initial one more than and the radio on, you can get a batch performed in no time.

There is a back again and front to a pancake. The 1 you want to show is the 1st side you cooked – the fairly one particular – that seems to be like golden-brown lace. Make guaranteed this side faces the function area, so your stuffing goes on the fewer desirable, blotchy aspect. It is truly worth remembering that overstuffed pancakes are difficult to roll.

Prior to our blackberry and apple pancakes we experienced eaten a tomato salad with a dressing of feta, peas, cucumber and mint. (A person course, undoubtedly, has to be effortless.) The red, white and green was refreshing even ahead of we piled it on top rated of bruschetta and gave it a additional olive-environmentally friendly shower of oil. Use a wide range of tomatoes if you have them.

Tomatoes with peas and feta

A basic salad, but superb with its salty cheese and verdant inexperienced dressing, this could just take a several jagged croutons of torn ciabatta, fried crisp in olive oil, or be piled on bruschetta. The tomatoes will have to be joyous – ripe and peppery and warm from the solar. Serves 2

lemon 50 percent
olive oil 6 tbsp
mint leaves 8
parsley leaves a big handful
feta 100g
tomatoes 4, medium
peas 200g (shelled body weight)
cucumber 130g
basil leaves 10

Squeeze the juice from the lemon into a blender jug. Insert the olive oil, mint leaves and parsley, then year with a little salt and course of action to a thick, eco-friendly dressing. Pour into a mixing bowl, then add the feta, crumbling it into modest parts with your fingers, then toss alongside one another carefully and set apart.

Put a medium-sized pan of drinking water on to boil. Slice the tomatoes thinly – about as thick as a £1 coin – then lay them, somewhat overlapping, on a big plate. Season with ground black pepper. When the h2o is boiling, tip in the peas and allow them prepare dinner for 3 or 4 minutes till tender, then drain and awesome less than jogging h2o.

Peel, seed and finely dice the cucumber and add to the feta. Shred and increase the basil. Scatter the peas about the sliced tomatoes, then spoon about the feta and herb dressing and serve.

Blackberry and apple pancakes

‘You may have a little filling left over for breakfast, which is a good thing’: blackberry and apple pancakes.
‘You may possibly have a very little filling left around for breakfast, which is a fantastic thing’: blackberry and apple pancakes. Photograph: Jonathan Lovekin/The Observer

At the time you have extra the blackberries, avoid stirring the apple combination – unless you want pink pancakes. Serves 6

For the pancakes:
butter 30g, furthermore a very little excess for cooking
plain flour 100g
caster sugar 1 level tsp
egg 1, massive moreover an more yolk
milk 350ml
For the filling:
cooking apples 1.2kg (bramleys etc)
caster sugar 80g
blackberries 250g, plus a number of to serves

To make the pancakes, melt the butter in a little pan, take away from the warmth and leave to great.

Sift the flour, along with a pinch of salt, into a big bowl. Blend in the sugar, make a well in the centre and add the egg and added yolk and the cooled, melted butter. Stir, drawing in the flour, and insert the milk, to give a sleek batter. Go away to rest for fifty percent an hour.

To make the filling: peel the apples, main them and slice or chop into smaller pieces. Put the apples in a significant-based pan with the sugar (no water, tempting even though it is) and go away about a very low to moderate heat, stirring often so cease them sticking, until the apples have collapsed. Stir in the blackberries – reducing them in half if they are massive – and leave to prepare dinner for a few of minutes until finally the berries’ juice has bled a minor into the apple. Established aside.

Brush a 20-22cm nonstick frying pan or crêpe pan with melted butter and location about a average heat. When the butter starts off to sizzle, stir the batter, then pour ample for a wafer-thin layer, tipping the pan so the batter handles the foundation really thinly (a tiny ladle should really be more than enough for 1 pancake). Prepare dinner for a moment or so, until eventually the underside is golden in patches. Loosen the pancake all the way round with a palette knife then, sliding the knife very carefully beneath, turn the pancake and cook the other facet.

When the 2nd facet is brown in blotches, elevate it out and established aside, then continue on with the rest of the batter. You need to end up with about 6 pancakes, allowing for the very first couple to be significantly less than fantastic.

Set the oven at 180C/gasoline mark 4. Position a pancake on the do the job area, unfold generously with some of the blackberry and apple filling, then roll up or fold into a triangle as you would like. Spot in a shallow baking dish, then carry on with the rest. You could properly have a very little filling still left more than for breakfast, which is a completely great factor. Heat the pancakes for 10 minutes then serve with a jug of cream and a few added berries.

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