Chèvre (Goat Cheese) Pancakes

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Now there are some recipes that are passed down from grandmothers, mothers and aunts. And there are some recipes that are borne of circumstance. This was one of them. The circumstance being that there was leftover goat cheese, or chèvre, in the fridge from making my chèvre and cream cheese frosting (so good, by the way), and I really didn't want any more on my toasts or salads. Now what?

Now if you love pancakes and waffles, basically carb-laden breakfast treats, you may have made, or come across lemon ricotta pancakes, right? So that made me think ... if I can put ricotta in my pancake batter, why not chèvre? And so I did. The proof, as they say, lies in the pudding ... er, pancake. This was sincerely a good move, that little bit of tartness, that creamy and rich mouthfeel, and more importantly, the empty container of goat cheese that is now in the trash. 

So if there is goat cheese sitting in your fridge, make this. It'll be gone in a jiffy. If not, get a container and make this happen. You'll be pleasantly surprised at how it will elevate your pancakes from wow to va va voom!

This recipe makes 7 - 8 medium sized pancakes.

115 g (4 oz) chèvre (goat cheese)
2 large eggs, at room temperature
180 ml (3/4 cup) buttermilk
zest of 1 lemon
2 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp sugar
1/4 tsp salt
220 g (1-3/4 cup) flour
2 tsp baking powder

1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the goat cheese and the eggs.
2. To this add the buttermilk, lemon zest, melted butter, vanilla, sugar, and salt. Mix well.
3. Sift the flour and baking powder over the wet ingredients, and fold to incorporate. The batter will be slightly thick. Let it rest for about 5 minutes.

4. On medium to high heat, warm a greased griddle, or a non-stick pan, then ladle 3/4 of a cup of batter, spreading it evenly.
5. Cover and cook until the sides are done and bubbles start to appear on the surface.
6. Flip and cook a further 2 minutes, or until golden brown.
7. Stack and serve, and enjoy!

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