The Peach Rider, Malika, Digests!
Well, it’s Valentine’s Day. And that means hearts! And hearts mean Malika! Because she’s a Rider and she’s got something of a heart motif, although you can’t tell that below! I have academic problems with that but now is not the time for me to dwell on that, because girls sometimes gotta have fun!
Today we shall be cooking Pink Heart Fritters, and Peach Pancake Pieces. The fritters are delicious as a snack, a full meal if you make enough, or a side-dish. Put them with steak (amazing), put them with tofu, whatever. They’re so good!
You will need to buy some shapers, for this recipe, unless you want to be smart with knifes and moulding and so forth. Luckily, from tomorrow heart-shaped food outliners will probably be on sale.
One quarter of an onion
One medium-small beetroot
Three quarters of a mug full of flour (plain)
+ Two tablespoons of flour (any type)
1 mug milk
1 heart-shaped egg-ring
1 heart-shaped biscuit cutter (metal)
1 large frying pan
1 mixing bowl
1 mug (this can be the mug you measure the flour & milk in)
Caster sugar to sprinkle
First, mix up the batter for your pancakes.
Beat two eggs. Usually pancakes will have one egg, but this batter needs to be extra-strong, to hold the peach slices.
Tip in the mug of flour, and the mug of milk. Whisk with a whisk! If you don;t have a whisk, buy a whisk. I LOVE my whisk.
Mmm, look at your perfect batter. Put this to one side, to stand.
Leave your peaches to drain.
Now we can start on the super-pink fritters.
Chop your onion quarter into small pieces. If you have half an onion, like I did, first chop that in half. Obviously.
Grate your beetroot! You should probably wear an apron. Beetroot hella stains.
Put both vegetables into your mixing bowl.
Add the spoonfuls of flour, and the salt and pepper.
Crack your last egg into a mug, and beat it. Beat it like Yoko beat Kouta! Hahahahaa.
Mix all of the ingredients together, to make a stick, bright pink paste. The appropriately peach-coloured thinger there is my “scraper”. It’s used for scraping. And also for mixing, when you don’t want to get too much on your hands. Very useful.
Heat your oil; it should spread out, like above. My hob goes up to six, and I used the “4″ setting. You can figure out what you need on yours. I believe in you. Test a small portion of the mixture. If is sizzles, as below, you’re ready for the cooking part!
Yeah! Ready! Grease your shaper! Rub a little oil on your finger, COLD oil, and run it over the inside.
Spoon in enough mixture to fill up your metal shaper. Poke it down with a utensil (your finger, if you’re careful/OK with pain) so you fill the whole outline! Fill it to the top.
Fry for three minutes.
Flip that heart! Again: three or four minutes. Pay close attention to it! Don’t burn any! I burnt one.
Push out of the shaper (go around the edge with a thin, sharp knife if you have trouble), and put on a plate. Add sauce if you like–mustard and horseradish both go very well with beetroot. I used chilli sauce, because I really like chilli sauce, and I don’t have any mustard or horseradish.
While your sweetie’s eating that, or after you’ve chowed down, come back and start on the pancakes!
This time you want your pan at half-heat. For me, that’s “3″.
Hold your egg shaper down with something heat-proof, as you pour in a THIN layer of batter. Otherwise it will leak. It’s ok if it leaks! DON’T PANIC. The shaper will still create a separate shape. The leaks can be eaten separately.
Plop in your peach slices. Sweet!
Add a second layer of batter. Now it’s a waiting game. You can lid your pan if you like; that will speed things up. Once the batter you can see, the top level, starts to firm up (poke it gently)…
Turn it over to brown up nicely for a few seconds! Now you’re ready to serve!
Sprinkle on your choice of sugar, powdered ginger, cinnamon, or use syrup. I used ginger and raspberry syrup in the second picture, which I thought would be pinker. It looks kind of gory, but that’s alright.
That’s not a face bothered by bloody-looking pancakes.
Dig in! Have a good Valentine’s Day! Let’s GO! Rider! Cook!
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