It’s Mardi Gras tomorrow, or ‘fat Tuesday’ (marvel at my knowledge of foreign languages!) and I intend to fully indulge in the spirit of the day by getting very fat.
Well, perhaps not, but Fat Tuesday is like my belly’s Independence Day – there’s much celebrating, a lot of eating and, later that night, fireworks.
In anticipation of this year’s Pancake Day, my belly whispered “treacle” and I wholly concur. When it comes to pancakes, the traditional gooey, sticky, sweet sauce is a must. None of this cheese or other savoury stuff.
Lent comes Wednesday, Fat Tuesday: we party!
A word of warning: once you taste the sinfully rich treacle sauce you might be tempted to pour it on everything (toast! steak! mashed potatoes!) but restrain yourself, that way lies madness….or a diabetic coma, whichever comes first.
And so, without further ado, let’s all put the ‘fat’ in ‘fat Tuesday’.
Coconut Pancakes with Dark Treacle Sauce (makes 6)
The recipe for gluten-free, grain-free coconut pancakes is adapted from Cheeseslave. I’ve been making them for ages and not once have they failed me.
- 3 eggs
- 3 tbsps butter, melted
- 3 tbsps milk (I used coconut milk)
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 2 tbsps coconut flour
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp honey
- Whisk the eggs, butter, milk, honey and sea salt.
- Stir in the baking powder and coconut flour
- Melt a knob of butter in a large frying pan and spoon in roughly 2 large tbsps of the pancake batter. Fry until brown on both sides. If you are a master of coordination, flip it. If not, don’t bother wasting them just EAT.
- 1/4 cup butter
- 2 tbsps unsulphured blackstrap molasses
- 2 tbsps honey
- 1/2 tbsp water
- 1 tbsps heavy cream
- Melt the butter, honey and molasses together in a small saucepan. Stir in the water and bring to a boil until it is pleasantly frothy.
- Remove from heat and stir in the cream. Drizzle over pancakes.
You can store this sauce in the fridge for at least a week. It turns wonderfully thick, sticky and gooey so perfect for ice-cream. Or just eating with a spoon.
Just make sure you do the latter alone, where no-one can witness your shame.