Pancakes with Fudgey Apple Filling served with Hot Chocolate Sauce

imageShrove Tuesday is fast approaching. Pancake Day! Yippee. I think most people enjoy a pancake and we all have our favourite recipe, but here is a recipe I think you might enjoy anytime of the year.

These pancakes can be made ahead of time,frozen in their dish. Allow 3 hours at room temperature to thaw them. This means you can make them well in advance of the big day and get them out of the freezer ready for dinner in the evening.

Use your favourite eating apple to make them this will guarantee your enjoyment of the dessert.

I adapted this recipe slightly from Lady Macdonalds Chocolate Book

Serves 8

Ingredients

For the batter

150g plain flour

2 large eggs

300 mls milk

150 mls water

For the filling

75g butter

75g soft brown sugar

8 good eating apples, peeled, cored and chopped

grated rind of 1 lemon

To finish

15mls icing sugar

To serve

Chocolate Sauce

175g caster sugar

1tsp vanilla essence

45mls golden syrup

90mls cocoa powder

200mls boiling water

Method

First make the batter. In a processor put all batter ingredients and whizz together until smooth. Set to one side to rest while you prepare and make the apple filling.

To make the filling, melt the butter in a pan then add the sugar. Cook for a couple of minutes then add the chopped apples. Cook for about 20 minutes until soft. Stir occasionally. Once cooked put to one side to cool.

Butter a wide shallow freezer and oven proof dish.

Make the pancakes, (16 in total) As you make them separate each pancake with a strip of parchment paper to stop them sticking together.

Once pancakes are made, put a spoonful of the Apple mixture in the middle of each pancake, allowing two pancakes per person. Fold into triangular parcels, tucking the ends under. Arrange in the dish.

At this stage the pancakes maybe frozen.

Chocolate sauce

Put all ingredients into a saucepan and gently heat until the sugar is dissolved and the syrup is melted. Stir until smooth. Boil fast, for about four minutes ( no longer than 5 minutes or the sauce will become too thick)

This sauce will keep in a screw top jar in the fridge for a few days.

To serve the pancakes

Dust the pancakes with icing sugar and put them into a pre heated oven (180 C Gas 4) for 15 minutes. Serve warm, with the chocolate sauce. You could also, if you wish, add a portion of ice cream…mmmmm. Enjoy.