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    Martha's spinach & herb pancakes with smoked salmon

    • Vegetarian
    • Preparation time: 10 minutes + standing
    • Cooking time: 15 minutes to 20 minutes
    • Total time: 25 to 30 minutes + standing

    Serves: 4

    Ingredients

    BASIC BATTER
    100g plain flour
    2 Waitrose British Blacktail Medium Free Range Eggs
    300ml milk

    Butter, for frying

    1 x basic batter
    50g butter
    50g spinach
    Small handful of fresh green herbs
    (I use coriander, basil and sage)
    Pinch sea salt flakes

    TO SERVE
    2 x 100g packs Waitrose Mild Scottish Smoked Salmon, torn into pieces
    125g soft cheese
    ¼ x 25g pack chives, chopped



    Method

    1. Melt the 50g butter in a 20cm frying or crepe pan that you will fry the pancakes in. Remove from the heat.

    2. Place the pancake batter and all the remaining pancake ingredients into a food processor then add the melted butter. Blitz until the mixture is smooth. Don’t worry if there are small pieces of spinach or herbs in the batter – this adds texture to the pancakes.

    3. Heat a 20cm frying pan over a medium heat, then test the pan by ladling in a small amount of batter. It should take around 1 minute to brown on the bottom. If it browns too quickly, lower the temperature slightly, and do the opposite if it cooks too slowly and becomes rubbery.

    3 When the pan is at the right temperature, add in a small knob of butter and then pour in a ladleful of batter. Swirl the pan to coat the bottom, then allow the pancake to cook for 1 minute on each side, or until cooked through. Keep covered and warm in a low oven while you fry the rest. The green becomes more vibrant on cooking.

    4. Serve the pancakes warm with smoked salmon, soft cheese and chives. These are best eaten immediately.
     

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