Monday, May 9, 2011

Mark's Ricotta Hotcakes with Honeycomb-Crunchie® Butter





Well, I was totally spoiled by my amazing husband for Mother's Day.  Not only did he bring me a piping hot mug of my favorite Ka'u coffee and the newspaper in bed, but he also made me ricotta hotcakes a la Bill Granger - but better, so much better.

I went to Bill's on my recent trip to Australia.  It is always a dilemma trying to decide what to order because everything sounds (and tastes!) so good.  Both my daughter and I settled upon the ricotta hotcakes with honeycomb butter.  It is one of those dishes that, if no one was looking, you totally want to lick the plate clean.  The honeycomb is not the usual comb you would find in honey, but rather a confection made from sugar, golden syrup, water, and baking soda.  It is also the basis for two iconic candies from Australia - the Violet Crumble and the Crunchie.  The Violet Crumble is available in some parts of the U.S., but I have never seen a Crunchie bar here.

Upon my return I told my husband about the restaurant visit, mentioning that we would have to try making them sometime.  Little did I know that he absorbed this little request and put a plan in place to make them for me on Mother's Day.  This is a huge deal because my husband does not cook very often.

Not only did he make hotcakes that totally rival Bill's, but he also had to overcome the obstacle of not having access to honeycomb here in the U.S.  His solution was to use a candy bar from Australia called a Crunchie when making the butter.  I am gob-smacked at how resourceful he was.  This butter melted over the top of the hotcakes and was a chocolate-honeycomb dream.  I realize that Crunchies are not readily available here, so to make this butter you have a few choices - make honeycomb from scratch, buy a Violet Crumble bar if they are available in your area, or lastly I think a SKOR bar would work well in this too.

Along with the ricotta hotcakes, he and my daughters also made some french toast from Punalu'u Sweatbread and a beautiful platter of tropical fruits.  The cherry on top was a glass of pink champagne and guava juice.  What an truly wonderful Mother's Day.


I barely had time to grab my camera and take a quick photo before they were devoured.



Ricotta Hot Cakes With Honeycomb Butter
(Printer Friendly Recipe)

Ingredients
Hotcakes
1 ⅓ cups ricotta
¾ cup Milk
4 eggs separated
1 cup all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 pinch of salt
50 g butter
fresh strawberries halved (I prefer banana)
icing sugar for dusting

Honeycomb Butter
250 g unsalted butter softened
100 g sugar honeycomb crushed with a rolling pin or a Crunchie bar
2 tablespoons honey

Preparation
Hotcakes  
  1. Place ricotta, milk and egg yolks in a mixing bowl and mix to combine.
  2. Sift the flour, baking powder and salt into a bowl.
  3. Add to the ricotta mixture and mix until just combined.
  4. Place egg whites in a clean dry bowl and beat until stiff peaks form.
  5. Fold egg whites through batter in two batches, with a large metal spoon.
  6. Lightly grease a large non-stick frying pan with a small portion of the butter and drop 2 tablespoons of batter per hotcake into the pan (don't cook more than 3 per batch).
  7. Cook over a low to medium heat for 2 minutes, or until hotcakes have golden undersides.
  8. Turn hotcakes and cook on the other side until golden and cooked through.
  9. Transfer to a plate and quickly assemble with other ingredients.
  10. Stack 3 hotcakes on a plate and top with strawberries and a slice of honeycomb butter.
  11. Dust with icing sugar.
Honeycomb Butter
  1. Place all ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth.
  2. Shape into a log on plastic wrap, roll, seal and chill in a refrigerator for 2 hours.
  3. Store leftover honeycomb butter in the fridge for up to 24 hours, or in the freezer - it's great on toast.
Recipe from Bill's Sydney Food by Bill Granger.

I thought I would also include some photos from my trip to Bill's in Surry Hills.





16 comments:

  1. These sound amazing! What an awesome brunch idea! I can only imagine how light the ricotta makes these, and topped with that butter...Mmm! Wonderful! :)

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  2. Oh how spoiled you were- but deservedly so!! These look phenomenal- stakes are high for Father's Day!

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  3. Mmm the ricotta in these sounds so good. Your pics are mouth watering! Lucky you!

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  4. What a sweetie he is!! Every part of the meal down to the steaming cup of coffee sounds absolutely divine! Sounds like you did indeed have a wonderful Mother's Day! That honeycomb sounds absolutely addicting!

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  5. I grew up with Crunchie bars in Canada, they are delicious. Wonderful crushing them in butter and putting them over hotcakes!

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  6. You can buy crunchies at World Market. Its where I go to get my chocolate fix. Crunchies and flakes...what could make a girl happier?

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  7. Wow, this sounds incredibly good; what a neat combination of flavors. I've never heard of this honeycomb before (unless you meant a real honeycomb, of course!)...I am intrigued!

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  8. Oh wow look at that! I love the ricotta in this, that sounds just really amazing!

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  9. Sounds like a great Mothers Day! It all looks so delicious.

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  10. What a lovely husband you have! They looks sensational: ricotta and honeycomb just fabulous. Must pin this up on the fridge as a hint for OUR Mothers' Day: it's end of this month in France! I doubt I'll be so lucky ;-)

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  11. The hotcakes sound amazing! I bet the ricotta made them so fluffy! And I HAD to come see what this honeycomb-crunchie butter was! :D

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  12. Oh wow, they look fabulous!!! You lucky thing!

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  13. Amazing....what a way to be pampered. :)

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  14. I've never heard of honeycomb butter before, but I'm super intrigued because these look amazing! What a fantastic Mother's Day breakfast :)

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  15. These look and sound like the best hotcakes ever!!

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  16. What a great breakfast. Pancakes rank high on my fave list and I do want to make them with ricotta. The icicing on the pancake is the Honey-comb-Crunchie Butter. Amazing!!!

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