Marbled Choco – Orange Pancakes.

If you have been following this blog for a while now, you know I love my pancakes. I do not think one can run out of ideas on how to flavour them and what to enjoy them with.

Like this Choco orange flavoured ones, made even more decadent with a chocolatey cream cheese sauce and some sprinkles to top! Yum!

These are special occasion pancakes, they would be perfect for a Mother’s Day breakfast, or a special one’s birthday. If my Mum was close to where I live, I would make this for her as it’s her birthday today. So this is for the woman who I watched make pancakes and learnt from her. I love you Mummy!

Look at these beauts!

I like using self raising flour for my pancakes, preferably the Exe brand that is available in Kenya and Uganda. It has never failed me.

We will need:-

  1. 2 cups sifted self raising flour.
  2. 1/2 cup caster sugar.
  3. 2 eggs.
  4. 1 3/4 cups of natural yoghurt.
  5. 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  6. 1/4 tsp of ground nutmeg.
  7. 1/3 cup of freshly squeezed orange juice.
  8. 1 tsp vanilla.
  9. 2 tbsp dark cocoa powder.
  10. 2 tbsp milk.

Method.

1.Mix the flour and the sugar well, make a well in the middle and add the eggs, yoghurt, nutmeg, oil and vanilla. Add the orange juice last. Mix well but do don’t overdo it.

2. In a bowl, mix the cocoa with the milk into a thick paste, and add 1/3 of the pancake batter, mix well.

3. Let both batters rest for about 15- 20 minutes.

4. Heat your non stick pan, ensure it is clean and dry before spooning the batter alternately. I used a 1/2 measuring cup for the white batter and a tablespoon for the chocolate. You can swirl the pan, or leave it as is.

5. Cook like normal pancake, flipping when bubbles begin to form at the top. I do not add oil when cooking as I had put some in the batter.

On to the cream cheese sauce. You will need 1/2 cup of softened cream cheese, 1/4 cup of icing sugar, 1/4 cup of milk, 1 tsp of vanilla and a tablespoon of dark cocoa powder. Mix well together (you can use a food processor).

I served by rolling the pancakes and drizzling the cream cheese sauce on top, and added some chocolate sprinkles. How’s that for decadence?

Perfect for weekend breakfast or as a brunch dish, or Pajama parties. Win!

The pancakes are so delicious, orange and chocolate are truly a winning combination. And the cheese sauce, oh that’s the crown to top it all off.

Try this and let me know what you think.

Love,

Wanjoro.

Plantain Bread.

Plantain is a very versatile fruit, though we treat it like a vegetable. You can have it grilled, baked, fried, roasted, mashed, stewed or just boiled, and it is good for you. Just make sure you cook it, do not eat it raw.

It is rich in fibre, iron, Potassium, magnesium, vitamins A, C and B6 and tasty too.

If you have some left over, and ripening from yellow to black, fret not, you can still use them in pancakes, porridge (I have an awesome plantain porridge recipe coming soon), and quick bread/ Cake.

I like making simple loaves for the kids’ school snacks or tea time treat. It comes together fast and you can add raisins, coconut, nuts, whatever you fancy.

For a simple plantain loaf, you will need:-

2 overripe plantains, 1 1/2cups all purpose flour, 1 tsp vanilla and 1/2 tsp of tea masala spice (you can swipe with cinnamon), 2 eggs, 1/3 cup brown sugar, 1/2 tsp baking powder, 1/ 4 tsp baking soda, 1/3 cup melted butter, 2 tbsp natural yoghurt, some chia seeds and coconut flakes.

Add the thick batter to a well greased loaf pan and bake at 160 degrees Celsius for about an hour. Start checking at around the 50 minutes mark, as it also depends on your oven and other variables.

It is not so level, but it’s never that serious is it?
The loaf is well baked and slides off the pan so easily, look at that bottom!
The loaf smells amazing and is moist and tasty. Definitely worth a try!

It is a fave in our house.

It tastes even better the next day, and if you want you can make a bigger one in a ring pan and even ice it a bit.

I think every kid likes this part. Other than eating of course. LOL!

For a bigger plantain bread/cake you can double the quantities and bake for 75 minutes.

Note: The riper the plantain the sweeter it is and the sweeter the plantain, the better. Also I do not use a lot of sugar, as we do not like our cakes too sweet.

I like adding coconut in it, finding the flavours blending together pretty well. You can also use coconut oil in place of the butter.

How do you like your plantain?

Tasty Homemade Pizza.

It has not been to my pockets’ and tummy’s advantage ending up living right behind one of Kampala’s best pizza spots. These guys serve up amazing clay oven baked pizza and other Italian dishes that are too good to be passed up.

I have therefore decided to be making pizza at home instead. It’s obviously not as great as the next door one – but it is cheaper, the kids help out and those leftovers in the refrigerator come in handy as toppings. Win! Win!

I make the pizza dough from scratch using various recipes. I have two favourites already; one is the Wolfgang Puck pizza dough method from Food wishes blog here. And the other is by Nyaranyango on Instagram. Here is her pizza dough recipe:-

  1. 11/3 cups warm water
  2. 2 1/2 tsp instant yeast
  3. 1 tbsp sugar ( I use honey)
  4. 2 tablespoons oil ( I use olive oil)
  5. 3/4 tsp salt
  6. 3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  7. Herbs of choice and crushed garlic ( I use a tsp of mixed dried herbs and about 5 crushed cloves of garlic).
I use a mixture of dried herbs; basil, oregano, parsley and sage.
Combine all the dry ingredients and add oil, Then add warm water, mix then knead till smooth and elastic, and let rest so it rises.

For the pizza sauce, I use this recipe from Becca’s Kitchen on IG. I like how straightforward, simple and tasty it is. I prefer using honey to sugar and not blending it up, letting it remain a bit chunky.

For the cheese topping, use what you like. My preferences are aged gouda, mozzarella or any cheese from Kyaninga Dairy , however I usually go with what I have at the moment.

Some of the cheese I use.

No pizza stone? That is ok. You can use your baking sheet with some corn flour or semolina sprinkled on it so the dough does not stick to the sheet.

This dough recipe is enough for four mini pizzas, two medium or one large one. I usually make two medium pizzas from this; one vegetarian and the other with meat.

The pizza sauce quantities are also enough for two medium pizzas or one really large one.
Some of our frequent toppings are grilled eggplant with balsamic caramelised onion, sausage with mixed peppers and tomatoes, bacon and caramelised garlic. Get creative with what you have on hand.
This was leftover beef shank which I shredded and mixed with the pizza sauce, the veggie option was courgette, basil and cheddar cheese which is amazingly tasty!
These favourites are one vegetarian pizza with garlic pureed pumpkin leaves, grilled eggplant with mozzarella slices and a balsamic drizzle. And the meat option was leftover meatloaf (crumbled up with the pizza sauce), with sweetcorn, onion, cheddar and mozzarella. So delicious!
Leftover grilled pork and onions….
…..Shredded cheddar and mozzarella come together to create the delicious creation below…
Yummy pork and onion pizza.

Once I add the toppings of choice and the cheese, I bake them for about 15- 20 minutes at 190°C. The time may differ due to different reasons; your oven settings, how thick your pizza base is and your toppings, even what rack you place it on.

As my son would say, its “easy peasy” pizza. Plenty enough for a filling weekend dinner and next day snack, and you can make it as delicious, decadent, cheesy or healthy as you wish.

What are your favorite homemade pizza toppings?

Lockdown Baking: Choco Orange Loaf

Now that the lockdowns necessitated by the Coronavirus do not seem to be ending soon, we might as well continue baking right?

This was originally a muffin recipe I used to make for the kids’ snack boxes, that I have tried a couple of times as a loaf and added some more orange juice and zest to test the flavour. It is moist, delicious and great for a tea time snack or as dessert.

Ingredients

  1. 2 cups all purpose flour
  2. I cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  3. 6 tbsp vegetable oil or melted butter
  4. 2 tsp baking powder
  5. 1 tsp baking soda
  6. 1/2 tsp salt
  7. 5 tbsp dark cocoa powder
  8. 1/2 cup sugar
  9. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  10. 1 egg, beaten well
  11. orange zest of one orange
  12. 1/4 cup natural yoghurt

The method is pretty simple. Preheat your oven to about 160 degrees Celsius, Mix wet and dry ingredients separately then combine gently, add to your greased loaf pan and bake for about an hour until a skewer comes out clean.

You can serve this as you wish…

A scoop of ice cream never fails to go down well. I mean, what’s not to love about cake and ice cream served together?
Or better yet, more ice-cream and Nutella sauce. Yum!
For a ‘healthier’ version, serve it with roasted grapes and a yoghurt dessert sauce.

Try it, let’s indulge together!