500ml warm milk,
3.5 teaspoons dried yeast,
2 eggs at room temperature,
2 tablespoons sugar,
2 tablespoons vegetable oil,
1 teaspoon vanilla essence,
0.5 teaspoon salt,
What could be better for breakfast on a day off then light, fragrant, hot and lush pancakes drenched with maple syrup or your favourite jam? The delicious aroma of these pancakes remind me of my childhood, waking up early on sunday morning to the smell of yeast wafting from the kitchen, I always knew what my mother was making for breakfast.
1. First we’ll make the dough. In very warm milk (about 40 degrees), add the yeast and flour. Mix well until smooth.
It is important to have fresh yeast, yeast doesn’t last very long in the Dominican Republic so I always check mine. To check the freshness of the yeast dissolve 1 teaspoon of yeast in a small amount of warm liquid plus a little sugar. After a few minutes the yeast should begin to ferment, if not, the yeast is not fresh.
2. Cover the bowl with a tea towel, put the dough in a warm place for 30 minutes. The dough should be well risen.
3. After 30 minutes check to see if the dough has risen.
4. Add the eggs, sugar, butter, vanilla extract and salt.
5. Mix well until smooth. Cover with a towel and place in the warm place again, allow to rise for another 30 minutes.
6. Cut the apples into small cubes. You could grate the apples but I prefer crunchy apple pieces through my pancakes.
7. The dough has risen nicely, now it’s about three times the size it was originally. Add the apples and mix well. Allow to sit in a warm place for 20 minutes.
8. The dough with the apples has risen nicely.
9. Warm a fry pan and add vegetable oil. Keep a glass of water nearby, dip a tablespoon into the water then spoon the the dough into the pan.
10. Fry the pancakes on both sides so they are a lovely golden brown. The yeast pancakes will rise quickly in a hot pan. Be careful to flip the pancakes at the right time so you don’t burn them.
11. Voila! We have a beautiful pile of delicious pancakes.
12. These pancakes are very lush, soft, tasty and remind me of home. Serve immediately while they are hot, but they are no less delicious when they cold 🙂
13. I served my pancakes with maple syrup but you can serve yours with whatever you want; sour cream, jam, honey, yogurt, berry sauce or whatever you like.
14. Enjoy your pancakes with a hot cup of tea and enjoy your weekend.
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