Recipe: Soda Pancakes with Port Pears and Cottage Cheese

Jul 4, 2011 by     No Comments    Posted under: Breakfast Recipes, Recipes, Vegetarian Recipes
Soda Pancakes with Port Pears and Cottage Cheese

Soda Pancakes with Port Pears and Cottage Cheese

I created this amazing breakfast recipe many years ago to test the leaving properties of soda water.  It was a huge success, as the soda water helps to create a very thin but firm pancake that is perfect for stuffing and rolling.  This has become one of my breakfast favorites.  It would likely be very good with any fruit, syrup, and sweetened curd-like cheese (mascarpone, ricotta, even cream cheese), but my original recipe is with port pears and cottage cheese.

Soda Pancakes Recipe

  • 1 cup all purpose flour, sifted
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup soda water
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 3-4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • Heavy cream for garnish (optional)
  • Mint for garnish (optional)

Whisk flour, 1/4 cup sugar, and salt together; then add egg; and then add soda water a little at a time. Batter should be very runny, if not, add more Soda Water until batter runs easily off spoon.

Whisk Soda Water into Pancake Batter a Little at a Time

Whisk Soda Water into Pancake Batter a Little at a Time

Mix cottage cheese and 1 teaspoon sugar together.  Set aside.

Heat sauté pan to medium-high.  Add 1 tablespoon butter per pancake to coat pan.  Pour just enough batter until pan is coated.  You’re going for very thin here.  Cook for a couple of minutes just to lightly brown bottom.  Place pan in 400° oven and bake for 10 minutes, or until edges begin to turn a deep brown.  Remove from oven and carefully slide pancake onto plate.

Pancake Edges Turning Golden Brown

Pancake Edges Turning Golden Brown

Fill with Cottage Cheese, fold sides over, and top with Port Pears (recipe follows).  Garnish with heavy cream, liquid from Port Pears, and sprig of mint.

Makes 3-4 pancakes

Port Pears Recipe

  • 1 pear, sliced
  • ¼ tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • ½ cup Port (grape juice may be substituted)
  • Zest of a small lemon
  • Pinch of kosher salt
  • Pinch of black pepper

Melt butter in medium sauce pot over high-med heat.  Add pears and sauté for approximately 1 minute.  Season pears with salt and pepper.

Saute Pears in Butter and Season with Salt and Pepper

Saute Pears in Butter and Season with Salt and Pepper

Add honey and sauté for an additional minute.  Remove from heat and add lemon zest and port.  Flambé or cook on high until alcohol is evaporated.  Let liquid reduce by half, then remove from heat.

Port Pears Reduced

Port Pears Reduced

Recipe by Jothan Yeager, January, 2004

 

The Bald Gourmet creates delicious breakfast recipes that anyone can make for a little gourmet treat at home, like today’s Soda Pancakes with Port Pears and Cottage Cheese recipe.

 

Recipe: Soda Pancakes with Port Pears and Cottage Cheese
 
I created this amazing breakfast recipe many years ago to test the leaving properties of soda water.  It was a huge success, as the soda water helps to create a very thin but firm pancake that is perfect for stuffing and rolling.  This has become one of my breakfast favorites.  It would likely be very good with any fruit, syrup, and sweetened curd-like cheese (mascarpone, ricotta, even cream cheese), but my original recipe is with port pears and cottage cheese.
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Servings: 4 pancakes

Ingredients
  • 1 cup all purpose flour, sifted
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup soda water
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • Heavy cream for garnish (optional)
  • Mint for garnish (optional)
  • 1 pear, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • ½ cup Port (grape juice may be substituted)
  • Zest of a small lemon
  • Pinch of kosher salt
  • Pinch of black pepper

Instructions
  1. For the Port Pears: Melt ¼ tablespoon butter in medium sauce pot over high-med heat. Add pears and sauté for approximately 1 minute.
  2. Season pears with salt and pepper.
  3. Add honey and sauté for an additional minute.
  4. Remove from heat and add lemon zest and port.
  5. Flambé or cook on high until alcohol is evaporated.
  6. Let liquid reduce by half, then remove from heat.
  7. For the Pancakes: Whisk flour, sugar, and salt together; then add egg.
  8. Add soda water, a little at a time. Batter should be very runny, if not, add more Soda Water until batter runs easily off spoon.
  9. Mix cottage cheese and 1 teaspoon sugar together. Set aside.
  10. Heat sauté pan to medium-high. Add 1 tablespoon butter and melt to coat pan.
  11. Pour just enough batter until pan is coated, roughly ¼ of the batter. You’re going for very thin here.
  12. Cook over medium-high for a couple of minutes just to lightly brown bottom of pancake.
  13. Place pan in 400° oven and bake for 10 minutes, or until edges begin to turn a deep brown. Remove from oven and carefully slide pancake onto plate.
  14. Fill with ¼ of the Cottage Cheese, fold sides over, and top with ¼ of the Port Pears.
  15. Garnish with heavy cream, liquid from Port Pears, and sprig of mint.
  16. Repeat with remaining batter, cottage cheese, and pears.

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