After a morning of playing in the snow with Little Bit, we decided to have bacon and eggs for lunch, and for good measure (hiking in the cold takes energy!) I decided to throw in some pancakes. Getting the milk from the fridge, I noticed the last of a tub of cottage cheese that needed using, and decided to use that instead. I also used a tin of peaches (it is winter, so no fresh ones), including the juice. Some spicing later and we got to try it out. The batter on its own came out very tasty and I will definitely be making these again, and the added bonus of the peaches was great!
Note: If you don't have cottage cheese, use about 1/2c milk and 1/4 c of peach juice instead and you should get a similar result (without the creamy melted pockets from the curds).
1 1/2c flour
3 tbsp sugar
3 tbsp melted butter
3 tsp baking powder
3/4c cottage cheese
1/2 - 3/4c peach juice (from the tin)
1 tsp ginger
1/4 tsp cloves
1 tin of peaches, sliced
1) Mix the dry ingredients together, then one by one add the liquids, stirring well after every addition. Add the amount of peach juice to get the pancakes to the right consistency (wet enough to dollop, but not runny).
2) Heat a griddle pan or frying pan and melt butter. Add 1 large spoon of batter per pancake and cook on medium heat.
3) When small bubbles start appearing and the pancake is able to lift gently from the pan with a spatula, lay out a couple of slices of peach (or a peach half if you so choose) in the wet batter, then flip the pancake and cook until done.
The inner consistency around the peach slices was slightly wetter than pancakes normally are inside, but they didn't suffer for it. The juicy peach slices worked well with the spiced batter, especially alongside a poached egg and some bacon. I wasn't sure how the cottage cheese would do in the pancakes, but it mostly melted away, just adding creaminess to the batter. I found that a small drizzle of maple syrup worked particularly well over the top, but they stand up equally well without any dressing up whatsoever! And Little Bit loved them too...