Top Tosser!

Pancake Day for me is a brilliant time of year with memories that take me back to a simpler time a time where a young Munkee would challenge himself to beat the record he set the year before and eat more pancakes than a Munkee really ought to.

The origins of pancake day are all about indulgence and one final clear out ahead of a period of abstinence so it’s right that we treat these golden fluffy discs with the respect they deserve and not just adorn them with boring lemon juice and a dusting of sugar. The mark of a Top Tosser lies in the Top Tosser’s toppings and there’s really no excuse to be boring any more with a host of exciting fillings and toppings at our disposal.

The only question is: how will you eat yours?

Will you go savoury and have a melted cheese, bacon and maple syrup monstrosity or a delicate Feta and pine nut feed?

Now I’m a simple man so I keep my pancakes simple but it has to be great quality otherwise I’d be doing a disservice to one of my favourite days in the calendar. So this year I will be using a recipe from DGH Chocolatier and making my own Chocolate Spread with Hazelnut:

Ingredients

  • 100g Dark Chocolate (Fairtrade 70%)
  • 397g Condensed Milk
  • 4 Tablespoons Vegetable Oil (Non GM)
  • 200g Blanched Hazelnuts
  • 100g Milk Chocolate (Fairtrade)

Method

Step 1
First preheat your oven as 180C. Scatter the hazelnuts on a baking sheet.
Toast the hazelnuts in the oven for 5 minutes until they are brown. Leave to cool.
Process the hazelnuts in a food processor until they are finely ground.
Step 2
Chop your chocolate into small chunks
Place the chocolate, condensed milk and oil together in a microwave proof bowl
Blast for 20 seconds on full power stir together repeat until amalgamated.
Step 3
Add the hazelnuts and a pinch of salt and 6tbsps of hot water.
Blend with a stick blender (or beat by hand) until it is at a spreadable consistency.
Step 4
Sterilise your jam jars with boiling water.
Spoon the chocolate spread into the hot sterilised jars while the spread is still warm.
Leave to cool with the lids off and then seal.
Decorate the jars with a label with and use by date
This can be kept in the fridge for up to a month.

http://www.coeurdexocolat.com/hazelnut

Enjoy!

Northern Munkee.