Date and Pistachio Hot Cakes

Tuesday 20 October 2009

Adding a slice of fruit to the top of a pancake turns it into something really special.

When you are talking about pancakes that are already studded with pistachio nuts and chopped dates, then you are talking really special.

I just love cooking with oats. They seem so very wholesome and healthy to me. Oats are very good for you.

So are nuts and dates.

Nuts, dates, oats, apples . . .
These just have to be incredibly healthy, right?

That must mean you can eat even more of them than other pancakes. ☺

There is NO such thing as too much of a good thing. (Wisdom according to Marie)

*Date and Pistachio Hot Cakes*
Makes 12
Printable Recipe

Oh, we do love these tasty pancakes. Chock full of goodness with the oats, chopped pistachios and then dates. When you add the surprise of a slice of apple or pear on the top, well . . . these just become fabulous!! I like to serve them with a dollop of thick Greek Yoghurt and some honey drizzled over top.

200g flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
3 TBS soft light brown sugar, packed
50g of rolled oats
100g shelled, unsalted pistachio nuts, coarsely chopped
100g moist dates, pitted and chopped
the grazed zest of one lemon
250ml of whole milk
2 large eggs
55g unsalted butter, melted
(plus more for buttering the pan and brushing over the fruit slices)
2 crisp eating apples, cored, and sliced crosswise into 1/4 inch slices
(You can also use firm pears)

Sift the flour, baking powder and salt into a large bowl. Stir in the sugar along with the oats, dates and pistachios. Beat together the eggs, melted butter, milk and lemon zest. Pour this over the dry mixture and mix all together just to combine and make sure all the dry bits are moistened. It doesn't have to be smooth.

Heat a large non stick pan over medium heat. Brush with butter. Spoon on dessertspoons of the batter, leaving some space between each one. Top each with a slice of apple. Cook for several minutes, until small bubbles begin to appear on the upside. Turn over, brushing the apple slices with butter some melted butter before turning. Cook on the other side until nicely browned and cooked through, about 2 minutes. Keep warm in a slow oven while you cook the rest.

Serve warm, drizzled with some honey and a dollop of Greek Yoghurt if desired.


  1. Wow, how absolutely gorgeous. I especially love how soft and warm that looks.
    Your photos are stunning too :) Just added you to my feed. Hope to chat soon!

  2. Marie, these flavors sound delicious...thanks

  3. These are so pretty! And what a lovely, elegant combination of flavors and presentation...wonderful, Marie! Happy Day, sweet friend--LOVE YA ((BIG HUGS))

  4. Again..something I had not seen~ I can always tell when I have your recipe in hand.. Oak Cottage:)

  5. Mmmmmmmm - a few of these babies and a nice cuppa and I'd be sorted!

  6. my grandma loves dates, so I'm gonna make this recipe for her! She will love me... and I in turn will love you!! haha

  7. Have to agree with all the others - I love the idea of dates and pistachios and look forward to making them. How about the sugar - presumably that's just mixed in with the rest?

  8. OOps, how did I miss that Choclette! You are right, just mix it in with the rest of the dry ingredients. Off to fix now!


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