Buttermilk pancakes with roasted tomatoes, peppers and mushrooms recipe

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These buttermilk pancakes are incredibly light and fluffy, a low-fat alternative to the traditional pancake recipe. Served with oven-roasted tomatoes and mushrooms, they make for a great vegetarian breakfast or brunch option. See method

  • Serves 4
  • 15 mins to prepare and 40 mins to cook
  • 235 calories / serving

Ingredients

    For the filling

    • 3 tbsp white wine vinegar
    • 1 tbsp basil pesto
    • 1 tsp oregano
    • pinch of salt
    • fresh black pepper
    • 1 red pepper, cut into wedges
    • 6 tomatoes, halved
    • 2 large flat mushrooms, sliced
    • 15g (1/2oz) basil leaves, torn
    • handful rocket leaves

    For the batter

    • 100g (3 1/2oz) plain flour
    • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
    • 1/2 tsp salt
    • fresh black pepper
    • 2 eggs
    • 125ml (4fl oz) buttermilk
    • sunflower oil, for frying

Each serving contains

  • Energy

    990kj
    235kcal
    12%
  • Fat

    9g 12%
  • Saturates

    2g 9%
  • Sugars

    8g 9%
  • Salt

    1.5g 26%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 31g Protein 10.3g Fibre 5.9g

Method

  1. Heat oven to gas 6, 200°C, fan 180°C.
  2. Whisk together the vinegar, half the pesto, the oregano, a pinch of salt and some fresh black pepper in a large bowl. Add the peppers, tomatoes and mushrooms with half the basil leaves. Toss to coat, then tip into a roasting tray and cook for 30 minutes, shaking half-way through.
  3. Meanwhile make the batter. Tip the flour and bicarbonate of soda into a mixing bowl with ½ teaspoon of salt and some black pepper. Make a well in the centre and add the eggs, remaining pesto and buttermilk. Whisk until you have a thick, lump-free batter.
  4. Heat some sunflower oil in a large frying pan. Add 3 tablespoons batter to the pan and cook on a medium heat until bubbles appear on the surface, then carefully flip over and cook for another minute or so until golden on both sides. (You should be able to cook 2 pancakes at a time in this way.)
  5. Remove and continue cooking until you have used up all the batter, keeping any cooked pancakes warm in the oven.
  6. Serve the pancakes in stacks with the roasted vegetables. Scatter over the rocket and leftover basil. Drizzle over any leftover dressing from the tray and serve immediately.

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