November 21, 2010

German Pancakes with Homemade Raspberry Fruit Quark.

In Germany we have a saying that would translate something like “Have breakfast as if you were a Czar, lunch as if you were a king, and dinner as if you were a peasant”. Although we take a much more Mediterranean approach to food in that dinner is the most important meal of the day for us, we really enjoy trying out new breakfast dishes. Especially on weekends when we have a lot more time in the morning – and what better way is there for a food lover than starting into a new day with trying out a novel dish?

However, this post is not about a new dish this time but about a breakfast recipe that has been handed down verbally over three generations in our family: on how to prepare (one version) of German pancakes. These pancakes are less fluffy than their American counterparts (which we also like very much) because no baking powder is used in this recipe. They are closer to French Crepes in taste but have a thicker consistency. The pancake mix is prepared following a very simple formula that is easy to memorize: take x number of eggs, add 3x tablespoons of flour, 1.5x tablespoons of sugar and milk for a cream-like consistency. We typically eat them with jam after baking them in a frying pan, but this time we combined them with our homemade quark that we recently prepared. So if you have been wondering about what you can do with quark, the preparation of a fruit quark mix is one of the main uses for quark and quite delicious. Its fruity taste and slight sourness nicely balance and cut through the rich buttery taste of the pancakes.

This time we had some fresh raspberries at hand to make German Pancakes with Homemade Raspberry Fruit Quark. This is a nice way to start a Sunday morning together with a cup a coffee !

Place eggs and sugar into a bowl. Add flour and milk and mix until the pancake mix is smooth. Let the mix rest for 10 min.

Meanwhile prepare the fruit Quark: place raspberries, 1/3-1/2 of the Quark and sugar into a bowl.

Mix with a blender, not too long, and mix in the rest of the Quark with a spoon. This helps maintaining a thicker consistency. Add sugar to taste.

Heat butter in a pan. Once the foaming subsides add half of the pancake mix and bake under medium-high heat for about 4-5 min. Check with a spatula when the underside is slightly browned and turn pancake. Bake for another 3-4 minutes, again checking the underside a few times until it also is slightly browned.

Transfer pancake to a plate. Add fruit quark on top and form a role. Enjoy immediately while still warm. Repeat steps with the remaining pancake mix.

Serves 2

Pancake mix:
2 eggs
6 tbsp flour
3 tbsp sugar
300-400 mL (10-13 fl oz) milk
4 tbsp butter

Fruit quark:
300 g (10 oz) homemade quark
250 g (9 oz) fresh raspberries
2-4 tbsp sugar


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