Chestnut pancakes are easy to make, naturally gluten-free and have a delicious nutty chestnut flavor. Paired here with an amazing honey-rose mascarpone, they’re great for breakfast or dessert.
You may remember that I used chestnut flour in my mince pies before Christmas. Well, every now and then I keep trying to think of things that the chestnut flour would be good in but haven’t done all that well since, maybe because chestnuts just don’t quite feel seasonal at the moment. However, I did come across chestnut pancakes which looked nice and easy so it seemed silly not to give them a try, particularly since we do like pancakes in our house. I put my own twist on the typical filling and the result was a really tasty dish that would be a great dessert, that you could also just about justify for breakfast.
Chestnut pancakes themselves can be made simply with chestnut flour and water, but I think having eggs in there is worthwhile both for the protein and to help the texture and taste. They are more of a crepe than anything, and so you do have to do your slight swirly action to move the batter around the pan (since I’m assuming, like me, you don’t have a proper crepe-making set up at home) but it’s a pretty runny mixture so easier than more traditional crepes. They are naturally gluten-free and so make an easy alternative to regular crepes if that’s something you are looking for.
Many recipes I saw served chestnut pancakes with an orange cream, and I could see the fresh creaminess was a good match, but I decided to go for something slightly different with this honey and rosewater mascarpone. The flavor was incredibly tasty and I think I might have to find some other uses for it – I think it would be pretty good with a nutty or chocolate cake for example. If you experiment then let me know what you come up with! Rosewater is such an incredible flavor that I keep meaning to use a bit more and it works really well here with the nuttiness in the pancakes.
These chestnut pancakes are easy to make, with a lovely nutty flavor. The honey mascarpone may seem a little decadent but it goes so well, you really don’t want to miss it. Whether you are specifically looking for gluten free pancakes or not, these are definitely worth a try.
Chestnut pancakes with honey-rose mascarpone (GF)
- 1/3 cup chestnut flour 40g
- 1 egg
- 1/3 cup water 80ml
- 3 tbsp mascarpone
- 1/2 tsp honey
- 1/2 tsp rosewater
- Whisk together the chestnut flour, egg and water. Allow the mixture to sit for 10-15minutes while you make the filling.
- Mix together the mascapone, honey and rosewater in a small bowl and set aside.
- Melt a small knob of butter (no more than 1/4tbsp) in a small skillet/frying pan over a medium heat and once the pan is fairly hot, pour a little of the pancake mixture into the pan and swirl around to form a thin layer.
- Cook for a couple minutes on each side - you should see it is ready on the first side as it starts to curl on the edges.
- Once they are cooked, set aside and cover with a clean dishtowel to keep warm while you cook the rest.
- Serve with a spoonful of the mascapone mixture spread inside each pancake.
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