Oat Pan-Cake

I have no intention to bore you again with my feelings towards oat… But once you buy a pack for crumble, and bearing in mind it is only two of us, you do need to get creative so I came up with a rather nice idea which I would like to share if you let me to.

In my humble opinion, it is great for breakfast because it is sweet but cooked “savoury” style, i.e. it does not feel either healthy (though it is quite) or sweet…

Cooking time: 20 minutes
Quantity: this mix makes four individual folded pancakes

Tips:

1. You can serve this with fruit and yoghurt, for example, or with bacon, entirely up to you.

2. Use a small non-stick pan and make one at the time. You need to focus as the mix needs to be turned a couple e of times to avoid burning the egg.

Ingredients:

2 medium eggs
1 tablespoon of sugar
200 ml milk (do bear in mind that if the mix is dry, you might have to add a bit more)
350 ml of oat
2 tablespoons of oil

Cooking instructions:

I whisk the egg first, then add the sugar and whisk together. Then add the milk and whisk until smooth.

Add the oat to the wet mix and mix until the oat is coated in it. I  for instance, like waiting a bit of time, whilst i get my Italian espresso machine ready (yes, I know, very old school but works) to see if the oat sucks in all the liquid to the point that the mix may be dry and need a bit more milk. You are looking for a wet mix with a little bit of spare liquid. Not too much, though.

When you are about to cook, place the pan on the small hob, medium heat, and oil the bottom of it. I tend to add very little oil, coat the pan and remove excess.

Make sure that you mix the oat mix thoroughly before adding it to the pan or you will have wet and dry pancakes!!

Take 1/4 th of the mix and pour it onto the pan. The idea is to make a circle of oat of around 10cm. The egg and milk mix will spread out bit and you will need to use those edges to fold it in half. Do this quickly using a wooden/ bamboo spoon. Then leave the mix to cook.

I normally check the progress and turn it twice to each side to stop it from roasting too much. Bear in mind that there is sugar in the mix and that sugar burns!!

If you are having bacon, you can begin to cook it once you have made the first pancake and know how long it takes and how you want to work. You can either grill it in the oven or fry it, with almost no oil, in the pan.

Photograph by Cristina Lanz-Azcarate
Recipe by Cristina Lanz-Azcarate

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