Recently I bought milk kefir grains off somebody from Carousell. It cost me $5 for a little teaspoon of milk kefir grains. I really had my doubts about such a teensy amount of kefir grains. But only for a day! Coz the next day, my grains looked like there were more! Now I am churning out more milk kefir than I can consume! In our warm climate, they are ready in about half a day, which is too fast for me. So I leave them for up to about 48 hours. As a result they turn out really tangy. Then it struck me that it would be perfect for replacing the yogurt in my yogurt pancakes.
It made really nice fluffy pancakes! Check out the thick stack!
Milk Kefir Pancakes (makes about 5)
1 cup milk kefir (quite tangy, after abt 12 hour fermentation)
1 egg (beaten)
1 cup all purpose flour
1 Tbsp sugar
pinch of salt
1 tsp baking soda
2 Tbsp oil
Mix everything together and leave it for about *1/2 hour for the baking soda to work.
Cook pancake on non-stick pan.
*It’s not tangy by the time it’s cooked because I gave the baking soda time to work. In simple layman terms, the kefir is acidic, baking soda alkaline. So when they come together, they kinda cancel each other out, leaving behind lotsa gas and bubbles, thence resulting in fluffiness.=D
I found myself in excess of steel-cut oats and rolled oats. 10 kg in excess, to be exact. How did that happen? I had grand plans to eat oats everyday. But it didn’t take off. Hence the 10 kg still sitting in my larder, taking up space. A lot of space. Lately, I decided that I should really clear them but nobody was keen. Coz it takes too long to cook, they say. That was when I figured that if I grind them into powder in my powerful blender, that would give them more surface area and hence cut down the cooking time tremendously! Not only that, suddenly it has become so versatile! I am using it to make oat milk, oat bread, oat pancake and even for coating my chicken fingers!
Oat Milk (serves 1)
1 Tbsp oat powder
A bit of cold milk
Stir in a bit of cold milk to the oat powder. This is to prevent lumps, which will happen if you just pour in hot water into the oat powder. Sweeten as desired and drink it warm. It tastes mild and thickish. Sort of gives a comforting feel in my tummy.
Oat Pancakes (serves 2)
1/2 cup oat powder
1/2 cup plain flour
1/2 Tbsp sugar
1 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
1/2 cup yogurt
1/2 cup milk
2 Tbsp oil
Combine everything together and let it stand about 10 min. Cook as you would regular pancakes.
You can taste the oat flavor but it’s not pronounced.
I am happy to report that after about a week or so, I am now down to 7.5 kg of oats in my larder. lol.