Spicy Pumpkin Pikelets

My Favourite Pikelets

Spicy Pumpkin Pikelets myfavouritepastime.com_2299I have made several different piketets since I started this blog. The best description for a pikelet is a “Miniature Fluffy Pancake” or just a ‘Mini Pancake’. The ones I loved most were the Blueberry, Poppy Seed Orange and Currant and Lime, Pikelets. Then came these Spicy Pumpkin Pikelets. They are soft, fluffy, spicy, delicious and pretty looking too! I love them pretty things. I used canned, pure pumpkin puree. Please do not use pie filling, because it’s way to sweet.

Spicy Pumpkin Pikelets myfavouritepastime.com_2298When I made these pikelets, I was thinking of Halloween and the masses of pumpkins that adorn supermarket entrances and the front porches of most households in North America. What do you do with your Jack O’ Lanterns after Halloween? Someone suggested a little stock and seasoning to make a steaming pumpkin soup, or pumpkin milkshake or pancakes. Others disagreed because they are bland and stringy and not worth any trouble at all. I usually toss away mine. I wish you a fabulous week! Continue reading

Currant and Lime Pikelets

My Favourite Pikelets

Currant and Lime Pikelets myfavouritepastime.com_1399Perhaps you call them Zante currants or Corinthian raisins or simply currants the way I’ve always known them. They have nothing to so with the black, red or white currants from the genus Ribe. If you come from the UK then you’ve had them in your old-fashioned Christmas pudding or just “pud” and if you come from other parts of the world you’ve probably had them in mince pies. I love using them for baking and add them to virtually anything and everything.

Currant and Lime Pikelets myfavouritepastime.com_1755Today I want to share my favourite pikelet recipe with lime and currants. I just love this combination. It results in soft and fluffy mini pancakes with a great aroma and taste. I bet you can add other dried fruits or grapes, but this is my most favourite and I can’t substitute it with anything else. Last night we had a huge thunderstorm that left me shaken. What is the weather like wherever you are? I hope it’s nice and cool, like here. I wish you a wonderful week!
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Apple and Buttermilk Pikelets

My Favourite Pikelets

Apple and Buttermilk Pikelets myfavouritepastime.com_1302This is a great way to start the day with small fluffy pikelets made with the soft and crisp pomaceous apple fruits and buttermilk. Do you remember the old welsh proverb “an apple a day keeps the doctor away?” Apples have been variously described as ‘miracle food, nutritional powerhouses, super food, king of fruit and super fruit. I eat apples for four reasons: they naturally sweet; are low in calories and have immune boosting vitamin c and fibre. The main fibre in apples is called pectin and a medium sized apple contains about 4g of fibre. Pectin is a water-soluble fibre. Studies indicate that pectin and other soluble fibres are effective in lowering cholesterol levels.

Apple and Buttermilk Pikelets myfavouritepastime.com_1303These pikelets are very easy to make. I highly recommend you use buttermilk (I never substitute it). If you cannot lay your hands on buttermilk than you can use plain yoghurt, which is somewhat thicker so you might need to add a few tablespoons more than the suggested buttermilk quantity. You can also curdle some milk by adding some lemon or lime juice or vinegar and use it to substitute buttermilk. Another alternative is fermented milk, which varies depending on where you come from. We absolutely enjoyed eating the pikelets!

Apple and Buttermilk Pikelets myfavouritepastime.com_1314I wish you a happy blogging and fantastic week!
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Sun-dried Tomato Pikelets

My Favourite Pikelets

Sundried Tomato Pikelets myfavouritepastime.com_1520I took some time to try several pikelet recipes. It was more like going for a pikelet retreat in a favourite secluded Island. I tried all sorts of combinations. It was fun but not a great idea for my waistline, which has continued expanding, to my horror. I think one should take a broccoli or carrot, or even zucchini retreat. The other day I spent three days baking with Zucchini, but that didn’t really help because cake batters are full of fat, and sugar. Next time I shall try a Zucchini Salad Retreat. Sundried Tomato Pikelets myfavouritepastime.com_1523The main ingredients in these piketetx are sun-dried tomatoes, basil, nuts and cheese. I have several kilos of cashew nuts, which I gladly used instead of pine nuts. In any case pine nuts cost $10 per100g here. If you find them cheap, it will probably be around $8 per 100g. If you grow and harvest pine nuts, I’d be glad to have some for my next birthday. Maybe I can send you some cashew nuts in return. I hope you like the look and taste of these simple pikelets. I served them with roasted veggies, and some Feta cheese for a light lunch. I wish you a fabulous week. Continue reading

Poppy Seed Orange Pikelets

My Favourite Pikelets

Poppy Seed Orange Pikelets myfavouritepastime.com_1051We’ve had the most perfect weather, this week, since ‘spring’ began. Posting is already becoming an obstacle, because I really want to spend some time savouring the sun and seeing all the people I missed to see all winter long. This weekend is an extra long one, here, and in many other countries, I suppose. I’ve spent some time visiting with family and eating all kinds of food. Eating is ‘my favourite pastime” what about you?

Poppy Seed Orange Pikelets myfavouritepastime.com_1058I had some poppy seed pikelets on Friday morning, for breakfast. Poppy seeds are used whole or ground, as an ingredient in foods, in many parts of the world. They are described as nutty and aromatic in taste and are a good source of essential minerals like calcium, phosphorus, iron and zinc. They, however, have very high oil content, so if not stored properly tend to develop a rancid taste. Last summer, a friend of mine, from Tel Aviv, made some poppy seed ice cream. She used twice ground poppy seeds. The colour looked gross, but it tasted extra special. She served it with some homemade chocolate sauce. I really enjoyed eating it. Do you use poppy seeds to cook or bake? I hope you enjoy looking at the pikelets. They tasted awesome.
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