Thursday, February 19, 2009

They're Going Like Hotcakes!

noun 1. hotcake - pancakes, flapjacks and griddlecakes; a type of flatbread prepared from a sweet batter that is cooked on a hot griddle or in a frying pan. They exist in several variations in many different local cuisines. Most pancakes are quick breads, although some are also made using a yeast-raised or fermented batter.

I walk past Bill Granger's self-titled cafe in Surry Hills every day. It's always bustling with hip young locals dressed to the nines, hoping to satisfy their mid-morning caffeine cravings, to fill up on luscious cream-laden scrambled eggs or perhaps snack on a slice of cake of the day. The coffee can be a downright disappointment sometimes depending on who serves you but there is one thing that shines like a beacon of light, which may very well have brought this gaily dressed self-taught cook into the spotlight along with a plateful of scrambled eggs. For 'The Bread Mania' event, Bill Granger's ricotta hotcakes done instead with a smoother substitute - cottage cheese, and drizzled with rosemary red currant jam.

Rosemary Red Currant Jam

100 g red currants
65 g castor sugar
8 rosemary leaves
20 g water
Combine everything in a small pot and simmer over low heat until thickened.

Cottage Cheese Hotcakes

160 g cottage cheese
2 g sea salt
95 g milk
2 eggs, separated
65 g flour
2 g baking powder
30 g unsalted butter, soft
Whisk cottage cheese, salt, milk and egg yolks in a bowl.
Sift flour and baking powder into the cottage cheese.
Fold until just combined.
Whisk egg whites until stiff and fold into batter.
Brush a little butter into a heated pan and drop 2 Tbsp batter into the centre.
Cook over low-medium heat for a minute or two until golden then flip and repeat.
Keep hotcakes warm in the oven or under some foil until you finish.
Serve with rosemary red currant jam, a dollop of cottage cheese and a scant dusting of icing sugar.


  1. That jam looks great. Can you keep it, or is it best to eat it straight away?

  2. you can keep if for weeks and weeks! if you want it a little more gloopy for toast just cook it for a little longer


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