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Cherries with pancakes

Making homemade pancakes is the easiest recipe ever, I've never understood why people buy packets, it's the same thing, you add wet ingredients to dry ones!! But then I think the same about custard powder, so let's not start...

The season for cherries is on it's way out, but there were so many of these homegrown cherries, some went in the freezer! Perfect! You are limited on recipes for frozen cherries, they do go a bit watery, so use for ice cream, compotes, sauces (sweet or savoury) and cakes.

So for a sunday lunch, this dessert is a perfect prep in advance and serve on the day, my perfect kind of dessert.

For the cherries

500g frozen cherries

2 teaspoon of vanilla sugar

3 tablespoons brown sugar

1 teaspoon cornflower

splash of rum (everything tastes great with a splash of rum in it, thats official!!)

Place all the ingredients in a heavy based saucepan and heat gently. Once all the cherries are defrosted and the juice has come out, add the cornflour and cook on the heat for another 5 minutes, be sure to stir so you don't get any lumps of the flour. It will create a nice thick sauce, like the cherries pie filling you can buy. But again why would you buy when you can make it in the time it takes to go buy it from the shop, but let's not start!

You can refridgerate for use the next day, just warm up to serve, it tastes better.

For the pancakes

Always refer to Delia Smith, here is a tried and tested recipe that never ever fails!

110g flour sifted

pinch of salt

2 whole eggs

200ml milk

75ml cold water

Stir the eggs into the flour with a pinch of salt, add the milk/water gradually, whisk until smooth. It needs to be thick like single cream, you can cheat and add more milk to make it go futher, but not too much or the pancakes won't hold!

You can use this straight up, no need to let it stand.

I would say, buy a pancake pan, the base is nice and thin so it heats quickly and evenly, it's light for tossing and its the perfect pancake size! I have a couple, pancakes are big thing in my house!!

One ladle per pancake is about right, I got about 10 pancakes from this mixture.

Fold over your pancakes, a few spoons of cherries and a drizzle of cream.

Eat in the sun with a glass of chilled white wine, and when you're done, keep the cherry stone for a round of tinker, tailor, soldier, sailor...which my family does every time there are cherry stones! This time I was a sailor! Land ahoy...


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