Turmeric is one of my favourite spices. I always have some powdered turmeric stored in my cupboard. It is so incredibly versatile: I use it in lovely Indian curry dishes, but I also like to use it in sweet cooking. Although more unconventional, as turmeric is more often used savoury because of its slightly bitter, earthy aroma, I think turmeric goes wonderfully with something sweet! No wonder the “turmeric latte” is very popular, appearing on more and more menus in London coffee shops.
The turmeric latte is actually what inspired me to make this dish for lunch today. My mum came home from the hairdresser this morning, proclaiming she wanted to stop drinking as much coffee. So I asked her if she maybe wanted to have a turmeric latte instead. She replied: “Why would I want that? Putting turmeric in it doesn’t mean it’s not coffee anymore, and that’s exactly what I’m trying to avoid!” I laughed, because this is exactly the same mistake I made the first time I ordered a turmeric latte in a cafe. Baffled, I asked the waitress: “Uhm, maybe I’m being really weird, but are you sure there’s coffee in this?” She looked at me funnily and said: “I sure hope not, ’cause it’s supposed to be without any coffee!”. So there I had it: a latte without coffee. And then I realized, of course “latte” does not mean COFFEE WITH MILK. It just means: MILK. It’s just that we are so used to ordering a “latte” that we tend to forget that it’s basically an abbreviation of caffè latte. So I made my mum and myself a turmeric latte (real easy: heat up 400 ml soy milk, or any other milk, in a small saucepan add 1 tsp ground turmeric, 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon, 1 tsp honey, 1 tsp vanilla extract & whisk til the top becomes frothy, and serve in a glass!). My mum absolutely loved it. And I said to her: could you put this in a pancake?
The answer is Hell. Yes. You can definitely put turmeric in a pancake. One trip to Google.com and I would’ve had the answer, but instead I just went for it. And boy, was I happy I did. I decided to pair the turmeric with some grated apple and it just works. You have to try it for yourself, because my descriptions wouldn’t really do it justice. These pancakes are super healthy: I had these for lunch after my 6k run today and felt re-energized immediately! There is no butter or artificial sugar in these, just one egg, one apple, wholemeal spelt flour, oat flour and soy milk. The topping is quark (a really thick sort of yoghurt with a high protein and low fat content that is very common in The Netherlands), some roughly chopped hazelnuts and some left-over grated apple. And of course, there is turmeric in these pancakes. Turmeric contains curcumin, which has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties*. Not only is inflammation bad for your bodily health, there is new evidence suggesting that depression can be caused by inflammation levels too. I just started reading a book about it and I find it very interesting, it’s called The Inflamed Mind by Edward Bullmore. Further research should elucidate this more, but for now I’ll happily put a teaspoon of turmeric in my pancakes! Turmeric’s yellow colour makes me happy already so even if that’s all driving the effect, that’s fine by me. Let’s get to that recipe now.
Turmeric & Apple Wholemeal Pancakes
Ingredients (for 1 portion)
- 1 medium egg
- 1 large apple (I used Jonagold)
- 1 tsp ground turmeric
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 40 gr wholemeal spelt flour
- 10 gr wholemeal fine oats
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 80 ml light soy milk (or any other milk)
- 2 tbsp quark (or a low-fat, high-protein yoghurt)
- 1 tbsp hazelnuts
- some oil for frying
Peel and grate the apple coarsely (if you do it too finely, it is a bit too wet). Place the grated apple in a bowl, reserving just a teaspoon or so for decorating. Add the egg, turmeric, cinnamon and vanilla and whisk to combine everything. Then, add the spelt flour, the oats (you can use these in any ratio you like, as long as you add 50 grams in total) and the baking powder. Whisk again and then add your milk. I like to use light soy milk, because it adds sweetness without the cals. 😉 You might not need all of the milk: keep adding and whisking until the batter is the thickness you desire. I like mine thick but still pourable. Bake the pancakes in a little bit of oil of your choice. I used sunflower oil because it has a neutral flavour, it can resist high temperatures and it contains mostly unsaturated fats (the healthy kinda fat). Bake on low-medium heat til browned on both sides and stack the pancakes. Top with two tablespoons of quark, the left-over grated apple, some hazelnuts (just smash them a bit with a pestle & mortar or chop them) and a tiny sprinkle of ground turmeric. Enjoy!
I hope you enjoyed the story about how today’s bake came about. Do let me know when you try these. I love seeing your results! Feel free to share on Instagram and tag me @bakingstori. Until next time! X