Arabic pancakes with fresh mangoes and orange-blossom clotted cream

Arabic pancakes with fresh mangoes and orange-blossom clotted cream

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Arabesque
Makes
12
Photographer
William Meppem

These are thick, fluffy little pancakes, closer to a dropscone or pikelet than a thin French crêpe. They are traditionally made with a yeast batter. If you want a lighter, airier version you can use baking powder to raise them or, as in this recipe, egg whites. Like their counterparts in the West these pancakes are a great favourite all over the Middle East, where they are often bought ready-made from the bakery and stuffed with Arabic clotted cream (eishta), chopped pistachios and rose-petal jam, and drizzled with syrup. The following pancakes are a lighter version, delicious on their own with whipped cream or butter and maple syrup. But layered with slices of luscious mango and rich orange-blossom clotted cream, they are out of this world.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
3 egg yolks
60g caster sugar
200g self-raising flour
1 orange, finely zested
2 drops vanilla essence
250ml milk
3 egg whites
2 mangoes, cheeks sliced off, peeled and cut into thick slices
200ml Orange-blossom clotted cream

Method

  1. Whisk the egg yolks with half the sugar. Mix in the flour, orange zest and vanilla, and then add the milk slowly, ensuring their are no lumps. The batter should be like a thick pouring cream.
  2. Whip the egg whites with the remaining sugar until they form soft peaks and carefully fold them into the batter. Fry spoonfuls of batter in a non-stick pan.
  3. Fold the pancakes over and stuff with a generous dollop of orange-blossom clotted cream and a few slices of mango. Drizzle with a little caramel or maple syrup, or a little dried-lime sugar-syrup, and eat straight away.
Tags:
Middle East
Middle Eastern
Arabic
Arabian
Arabesque
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