Amina Elshafei – September Week 4 – Ricotta pancakes with berries and rhubarb compote


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Week 4

Ricotta pancakes with berries and rhubarb compote

Strawberry & Rhubarb compote:

  • 250gms strawberries, tops removed
  • 125gms blueberries
  • 3 medium stalks of rhubarb, leaves cut off
  • 3/4 cup caster sugar
  • 2 tbs water
  • 1 vanilla pod bean (reserve seeds for pancakes)

Ricotta pancakes:

  • 1 ½ cup self-raising flour, sifted
  • 1 tsp baking powder, sifted
  • 1/3 cup caster sugar
  • 1 1/3 cup full cream milk
  • 1 large egg
  • Seeds of 1 vanilla bean pod
  • 3/4 cup full fat ricotta cheese
  • 2 tbs ricotta for serving

Step 1 Wash fruit. Quarter strawberries if large, or halve if small. Keep blueberries whole. Trim all leaves from rhubarb stalks and cut into 2cm batons. Add all the ingredients in a heavy based frypan and turn on heat between medium to high. As the mixture starts to cook and the fruit softens gently mix a few times so that the sugar does not burn.

Step 2 Reduce to medium heat and simmer for 20-30 minutes until the compote is glossy and the juice has reduced into a syrup ensuring to gently mix mix every few minutes. Keep aside in the pan.

Step 3 Whilst the compote is cooking, combine all the pancake ingredients except for the ricotta cheese in a mixing bowl. Mix until it is a smooth and thick batter. In a separate bowl, whisk ricotta to break up large clumps then fold into the pancake batter – small granules or ricotta are fine.

Step 4 Heat a heavy based frypan between medium to high heat and grease lightly with unflavoured oil. Once pan is hot, gently spoon a ladle size amount of the pancake batter and spread out into an even level circle. Cook until bubbles can be seen (2-3 minutes) on the pancake then flip on other side and cook for a further 2 minutes. Repeat process until all the batter is used.

Step 5 Serve the pancakes in stacks whilst warm with the berries and rhubarb compote and some crumbled ricotta.

Introducing… Amina Elshafei

Who is Amina?
Born in Saudi Arabia to an Egyptian father and a South Korean mother.
A passionate home cook, published author, paediatric nurse and MasterChef fan favourite.
Amina has travelled extensively across the world, hosting culinary events and food demonstrations.

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