Recipe: Chocolate pear pancakes
As it's Pancake Day, Florence Sandeman shows you how to toss up some delicious treats to suit all tastes
What you'll need
For the batter
50g plain flour
½ to 1 tbsp pure cocoa powder
For the pears
2 pears, peeled, cored and cut into 1cm pieces
About 4 tbsp sugar
1 x 2.5cm cinnamon stick
For the chocolate sauce
50g good quality dark chocolate, broken into small pieces
3 tbsp honey
Place the flour and cocoa powder in a mixing bowl or large jug, mix well then add the egg and milk and mix until well blended and smooth using a balloon whisk or handheld electric. Set it aside while you prepare the pears.
Place the chopped pears in a small saucepan together with the cinnamon and sugar and enough cold water to come halfway up the fruit. Place over a medium heat and bring to simmering point, mixing well and continue to cook for about five minutes or until soft.
Meanwhile, put the chocolate, butter and honey in a heatproof bowl and place over a pan of simmering water and leave until the chocolate starts to melt.
Mix well until you have a smooth sauce. Remove the pan from the heat, cover the bowl with a lid or clingfilm but leave it in the pan and set aside.
Once the pears are tender, turn the heat off, drain any excess liquid, remove the cinnamon stick then crush the pears with a fork.
Cover with a lid and set aside while you cook the pancakes according to instructions in the Basic Pancake Mixture recipe.
To serve, fold each pancake into quarters, place three on a plate, place the pear mixture over the pancakes then drizzle with the chocolate sauce.