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River Cottage Wholegrain Pancakes With Kombucha-Soaked Dried Fruit Recipe

Tuck into a real treat of a gut-loving breakfast thanks to River Cottage’s fruity pancakes that are sure to get your day off to an energetic and nutritious start. The wholemeal flour and ground almonds and seeds give plenty of fibre while the kombucha, created with sustainably-grown lime flowers and organic lemon verbena fused with chamomile tea, adds a uniquely bright and zesty taste to the soaked dried fruit.

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What you'll need

  • 2tbsp vegetable or olive oil, or melted coconut oil
  • 200g wholegrain spelt flour, or wholemeal ‘cake’ flour
  • 250ml almond, oat or soy milk (or cow’s milk, if not vegan)
  • 50g ground almonds, ground flaxseed, or hulled hemp seeds
  • A pinch of salt
  • 150g dried fruits, for example 2 or 3 out of: figs, dried apple rings, cherries, raisins
  • 150g unsulphured apricots or prunes
  • 250ml River Cottage Lemon Verbena Kombucha
  • 2 rounded tsp baking powder
  • 2–3tbsp mixed whole seeds, such as sesame and sunflower (optional)
  • About 15g (1tbsp) soft brown sugar
  • Vegetable oil, for cooking

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How to make

  1. Put the flour, ground almonds (or flax/hemp), whole seeds if using, sugar, baking powder and salt into a large bowl and use a whisk to combine them thoroughly.
  2. Make a well in the centre of the flour mix and add the 2 tbsp oil.
  3. Gradually pour in the milk, whisking all the time, to form a thick batter.
  4. Heat a non-stick frying pan or a crêpe pan over a medium heat.
  5. Add a trickle of oil and use a silicone brush to brush it over the base of the pan in a thin layer.
  6. When the pan is hot, use a serving spoon to drop a large dollop of batter into the pan.
  7. Repeat so you have 3 or 4 pancakes in the pan.
  8. Cook for about 2 minutes, until several bubbles form on the surface of each pancake.
  9. Using a broad spatula, flip the pancakes over and cook for a further 2 minutes or until golden brown on both sides. You can break one pancake open to check it is cooked through. If you find the pan getting too hot at any point, just take it off the heat for a moment or two.
  10. Transfer the cooked pancakes to a dish (you can keep them warm in a low oven at around 100°C/Fan 80°C/lowest Gas, if you like). Add a little more oil to the pan and cook the remaining batter in the same way.
  11. Now, for the kombucha-soaked fruits. Cut the larger fruit such as apricots, figs and apple rings into halves or quarters. Add all the fruit to the jar, then pour over the kombucha to completely cover the fruit.
  12. Leave at room temp for 24-48 hours, so all the fruit is plumped up and tender. Turn the jar upside down a couple of times during this process, to help develop the syrup.
  13. The finished “compote” will keep in the fridge for a month.