Hey there :)
So my beloved monster is out for a business trip. This means for me that the evenings are a little bit boring and since cooking for just myself in the evening is something I barely do the food also is a bit plain. But I got compensation for that. And this is breakfast. You see, I love experimenting with my breakfast. But my monster is a bit different. More than everything else he basically just wants easy, fast breakfast. E.g. toast. Or on the weekends, breadrolls. But this is as crazy as it gets. So whenever I suggest something a little bit fancy or time-consuming that requires a bit of preparing, he usually is against this. Or when he isn’t it is still sort of limited to some ingredients. So him being away means breakfast-El Dorado for me as I can play around to my heart’s content. And I did :) I had sourdough-buckwheat crepes, blue-cheese omelette, baked carrot-oatmeal and these matcha pancakes.
I guess by now everyone has heard of matcha since it has a kind of moment. It is the only tea that uses the whole leaf. Matcha has quite some coffeein, it helps getting you up ;) It also has some vitamin A, B,C, E as well as the antioxidant catechin. Also some minerals like iron, calcium and potassium. You can drink it as tea or use it as an ingredient in baking and cooking as done here.
I was a bit surprised, maybe even disappointed that pancakes did not really turn out green. They have a greenish touch to them but you have to know it to see it ^^°. I guess this partly the fault of the whole grain flour and eggs and partly because I don’t like using too much matcha powder as I find it can turn out bitter. I prefer having just a hint of it. But if you are a matcha-lover you can go hard and use more in the pancakes.
For a bit more texture and another flavor dimension I also used some shredded coconut in the batter and 2 Tablespoons of ground sesame seeds for a bit protein. The coconut won’t be a dominant flavor, but it will be there, the sesame on the other hand barely came through. Also here, if you like sesame, double the amount :)
What you will get are some easy and sweet pancakes that pair perfectly with some apricot compote. I could also imagine some strawberries layered in-between. Or if you are all for sesame, some tahini mixed with a bit of honey or maple syrup. And of course, some fruits of your choice :)
Recipe Matcha Pancakes
Prep time: about 10 minutes +++ yields: about 12 small pancakes
- 3 eggs
- 85ml / 1/3 Cup milk of your choice
- 80g / 1/3 Cup natural yoghurt (I used greek)
- 140g / 1 Cup flour (I have used half grain and half all purpose wheat flour)
- 20g / ¼ Cup shredded coconut
- 2 Tbsp. sesame seeds, ground
- 60g / 1/3 Cup sugar
- 1 tsp. matcha powder (this will result in a light matcha flavor and not so green pancakes. If you prefer a stronger flavor you can up this amount to one tablespoon)
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- ½ tsp. baking soda
- pinch of salt
Mix together the eggs, milk and yoghurt and beat well.
In another bowl mix together all the other ingredients.
Then add the flour mixture to the egg-milk mixture and stir until well combined and no clumps remain.
Heat o pan over medium heat. When it’s hot add a knob of coconut oil or butter. Once it’s melted pour in about a third ladle of batter. Bake about 2 minutes on one side or until you see bubbles on top. Then flip and bake on the other side for another 2 minutes or so.
Sprinkle wtih some shredded coconut and serve with some apricot compote or fruits of choice