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Salmon and kale pancakes

I created this recipe on pancake day, when I had been planning to make salmon teriyaki, but was reminded I needed to spend the evening flipping.  As most savoury pancake recipes call on you to make pancakes and then roll them around a filling, I decided to get creative and make an "all in one savoury pancake".  Although this recipe uses salmon and kale, I reckon all sorts of yummy savouries could be used instead - use your imagination and larder for inspiration!  Serve little ramekins of soy sauce and sweet chilli sauce to dip the pancakes into.  The Naughty Knight just loved being able to organise himself like this.  Use any leftover batter to make sweet pancakes for pudding.  That way, as Maths Geek pronounced, the pancakes are just right: not too sweet, not too savoury.  

For the batter:

  • 120 g plain flour
  • pinch salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 8 fl oz milk mixed with 2 fl oz water
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • several tiny little dabs butter
For the filling:
  • 1-2 salmon fillets, cut very delicately
  • couple of handfuls of kale, chopped/sliced fine
  • 1 tsp chilli flakes if desired
  • 1 tbsp chopped coriander leaves
  • soy sauce - as much as allowed
  • sweet chilli sauce - as much as allowed 
  1. In a large bowl sift in the flour and add the salt and baking powder. 
  2. Make a well in the centre of the flour and crack the eggs into it.  
  3. Gradually start whisking in the eggs and then start whisking in the milk/water mixture very slowly.  Continue until the batter is made.
  4. Meanwhile, prepare the salmon and kale. Arrange the soy sauce and sweet chilli sauce on table ready to dip.
  5. When ready to make the pancakes, melt 1 tbsp butter in a non-stick pancake pan and add it to the batter.  Mix well.
  6. Heat the pan well, and when sizzling hot, add a ladle full of pancake mixture and swirl around to coat the pan.  
  7. When it has cooked at the bottom, add a little of each of the salmon, kale and coriander leaves, making sure they are distributed fairly evenly.  When ready, flip the pancake over and press down to make sure it cooks on the under side.  
  8. Serve to the person who is waiting the most patiently or producing the most drool.  In my case it was difficult to decide: Maths Geek was waiting patiently, but The Naughty Knight was beside himself with anticipation.  
  9. Add a tiny little dab of butter to the pan if necessary and repeat until the batter is finished or the bellies are replete.