Apple, yoghurt, lime and cardamom pancakes

5 Jul

Apple, yoghurt, lime and cardamom pancakes

I have become a serial well-wisher. What about you? Are you overflowing with perpetual congratulation giving, spilling over with ‘well done’ encouragement and brimming with huge smiles and ‘that’s incredible’ commendations?

Apple, yoghurt, lime and cardamom pancakes

Back in the day I was encouraging and supportive on my friend’s achievements; grades, hockey team, someone playing netball or some art project or maybe even a musical instrument, a dance thing even. This then progressed to romantic relationships, holidays, buying first homes and getting married.  Everyone had their own thing didn’t they? Somewhere along the lines though, it changed.

Though these congratulating moments have stayed in my mind and still make me smile. When we got our a-level results my best friend didn’t get what she needed to, so we had to wait to find a university place for her and meanwhile I had scored a hat trick. We didn’t celebrate until she found her place, which she ended up being really happy with and it involved a lot of cheese in a regular Italian restaurant with a flirtatious waiter and even more cake. When we bought out first home we celebrated on the floorboards (there was no carpet or wooden floor) with a crowd of bums on cushions (we had no sofa) and chow Mein with fizzy apple juice lay on kitchen roll (no table, no tablecloth). More friends frequented that first place, which was tiny and awkward with the only bathroom flowing from the bedroom, than do our current home. More dinner parties were had on the cheap glass table in the first place than on the more solid and lasting wooden one we have now. Why?

As I scroll through my twitter timeline I see oodles of people who have done something tremendous. Every day, people are doing incredible things; writing books, climbing mountains, popping up in restaurants, TV, radio, magazines, all very wow-some. Then my Facebook feed is bursting with cute baby pictures and their older siblings and people getting married or visiting an incredible destination. Everyone on instagram is eating their way through the world. Wow. Everyone is amazing.

We stole 26 minutes of normality today. After dinner we were in the car and the boy fell asleep. We spent 26 minutes being nice to each other (the husband and I) and he again told me that he missed me. We talked about the old days, when life was simpler. We just went to work and the gym came home and ate and chilled and went exploring at the weekends. We smiled at each other and talked about the new kid’s pool I had discovered with shallow water and slides, a huge plus being that I wouldn’t have to hold the boy. We considered cinnamon donuts but decided that our bellies didn’t need sugar, but our lives certainly did.

So, I decided to do something nice in real life. Breakfast.  The breakfast that thinks it is naughtier than it is. Apples are juicy and good but don’t be fooled into thinking that they alone will make this dish. The light and fluffy pancakes need the sourness of yoghurt, the zesty lime and aroma of cardamom to avoid them feeling bland. In my opinion the yoghurt is the star of this show, but please will you let me know what you think? The sweet, sour, zingy and perfumed pancakes are the best way to start the day…being nice in the most real way.



Ingredients to serve four

200g plain flour

2 eggs

1 tsp. baking powder

¼ tsp. ground cardamom

3 golden delicious apples, peeled and grated

350ml plain, natural yoghurt

The zest and juice of one lime

50g sugar

Oil for frying the pancakes

Agave nectar, honey or syrup for drizzling

Icing sugar for sprinkling on top of the cooked pancakes


  1. In one bowl whisk the eggs together before adding the yoghurt and sugar. Mix thoroughly and add the lime juice and zest.
  2. Fold in the grated apples and ensure that the mixture looks even.
  3. Mix the ground cardamom and baking powder with the plain flour in a separate bowl before combining it with the wet ingredients
  4. Heat a very thin layer of oil on a non-stick pan and then add dessert spoonful’s of pancake mixture and then flatten them slightly. Lower the heat to a low-medium flame and once they catch a golden colour on one side, flip them over and brown the lightly on the other side.
  5. Serve the pancakes immediately with icing sugar dusted on top and a drizzle of syrup.

38 Responses to “Apple, yoghurt, lime and cardamom pancakes”

  1. Sophie33 July 5, 2014 at 10:19 pm #

    I made your delectable easy pancakes & they were superb! xxx

    • Deena Kakaya July 5, 2014 at 10:41 pm #

      I’m so pleased to learn that you made then Sophie and even more so that you enjoyed them! Thanks so much for letting me know x

  2. mommycookforme July 5, 2014 at 10:40 pm #

    Yummy!! 🙂

  3. spiceinthecity July 6, 2014 at 4:22 am #

    A beautiful post Deena and love the flavors in this pancake 🙂

    • Deena Kakaya July 6, 2014 at 8:47 am #

      Thank you so much, I’m so glad that you like them x

  4. July 6, 2014 at 11:54 am #

    A lovely look!

  5. matchamochimoo July 6, 2014 at 3:27 pm #

    Nice pancake with the grated apple and cardamom, but my husband doesn’t like cardamom, so I rarely use it or less sometimes.

    • Deena Kakaya July 6, 2014 at 5:55 pm #

      Thank you! Shame on the cardamom front but I think cinnamon works well in this recipe too x

      • matchamochimoo July 13, 2014 at 8:00 am #

        Yes, he has no complain about the cinnamon, but I still add cardamom in my own dessert, hehe!

  6. Rhonda Sittig July 6, 2014 at 4:05 pm #

    These look beautiful Deena– and liked the comments about 26 minutes of “normal”– appreciating simple things…

    • Deena Kakaya July 6, 2014 at 5:50 pm #

      Thanks Rhonda, real life can be so beautiful if we let ourselves live it huh x

  7. kellie anderson July 6, 2014 at 4:58 pm #

    I remember days like you describe – but a lot further back in time! We got married in the late 80s and our first flat was very small but most weekends we were packed with visitors – a cheaply made meal plus even cheaper wine that would extend until the next day. As we have older we have become a bit more insular and liking our own company in preference to having what was effectively an open house for about three years. I love my life now, and wouldn’t have it any other way, but I do have some pretty fond memories of those much more carefree (child-free!) days. Your pancakes would be terrific to serve after an all-night open house! I too like cardamom in pancakes. And I *approve* of the yogurt(not that you need my approval, but you did ask us!). I always use buttermilk or thinned yogurt for pancakes. Never milk.

    • Deena Kakaya July 6, 2014 at 5:53 pm #

      Oh Kellie, I know it may sound ludicrous but I miss real life. Today I didn’t send a single tweet or check Facebook or anything like that and spent half a day with my best friend whom I hadn’t seen in ten months (she isn’t local) and the other half with my two chaps in the park. I was in a different Zone and my gut told me that I need to move in a different direction than I have been.

      I love that you love your life now. I really do.

      I have traditionally used milk but I am totally a yoghurt and buttermilk convert when it comes to pancakes…I think my next cake will feature buttermilk too!

      Thank you for your kind words. X

  8. Nazima July 6, 2014 at 10:11 pm #

    ah I often get nostalgic for more carefree times, though life moves on (and gets richer) for all the developments and achievements. Celebrating them with something like this is perfection.

    • Deena Kakaya July 6, 2014 at 10:17 pm #

      Thanks Nazima, so kind of you. I love the little pockets of care free moments, but am happy to return to the lovely chaos too.

      I do think I need to simplify my life though, enjoying simple pleasures like this is certainly one way. X

  9. simplyvegetarian777 July 7, 2014 at 3:16 am #

    I love reading your posts because of the flow with which you write. Straight from the heart :).
    A gorgeous and very creative recipe.
    Cheers to the old golden days and beautiful memories. ;).

    • Deena Kakaya July 7, 2014 at 6:30 am #

      Sonal I love reading your encouraging and warm messages, you are so generous. Thank you. X

  10. Claudia ~ Food with a View July 7, 2014 at 6:24 am #

    Such a lovely story, Denna! And your yoghurt pancakes look and sound amazing, something really nice for real life :-).

    • Deena Kakaya July 7, 2014 at 6:32 am #

      Thanks so much Claudia, I’m so pleased that you enjoyed the post and the recipe x

  11. Cheesy Biscuit July 7, 2014 at 8:38 am #

    Wonderful flavour combination!

  12. Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy July 7, 2014 at 4:36 pm #

    Yum! What a great twist on pancakes. I am definitely going to have to give these a try.

    • Deena Kakaya July 7, 2014 at 4:38 pm #

      They are quite light and juicy! Let me know if you try them, I hope you like them xx

  13. Lisa July 7, 2014 at 4:39 pm #

    Lovely post Deena and beautiful recipe. Certainly a fine way to celebrate the finer things in life. And yes, the yogurt is a perfect addition.

    • Deena Kakaya July 7, 2014 at 5:08 pm #

      Thank you so much Lisa, so glad you agree on the yogurt x

  14. Joanne July 8, 2014 at 11:50 am #

    I tend to say “awesome” a lot as my congratulations for a variety of things. But it is nice to do something nice IN REAL LIFE instead of just via the internet! And waking up to these pancakes would definitely be nice.

    • Deena Kakaya July 8, 2014 at 11:57 am #

      Well exactly, it feels so nice to actually be in the present, with no gadgets. Waking up to these beauties was a real treat x

  15. Karen Burns Booth July 8, 2014 at 1:54 pm #

    What a beautiful and poignant post Deena and so true too! I love your words as well as your fabulous pancakes with one of my favourite spices, cardamom – simply stunning,as are you! 🙂 Karen xxxxx

    • Deena Kakaya July 9, 2014 at 11:04 am #

      Ah Karen, you are always so kind and generous with your words and encouragement-thank you so much xx

  16. mjskit July 9, 2014 at 2:12 pm #

    I love the idea of serving pancakes for supper! 🙂 These pancakes look delicious and the combination of cardamom and apples is my absolute favorite! Thanks for sharing!

  17. Sally July 9, 2014 at 5:39 pm #

    Gorgeous recipe Deena and you’ve gave us a lot to think about with this post.

    • Deena Kakaya July 9, 2014 at 5:41 pm #

      Thank you Sally, on both counts. It’s so encouraging to know that my words are being received in a meaningful way c

  18. Donna January 19, 2015 at 6:30 pm #

    Cannot wait to try this for the weekend. BTW I love the way you write and your recipes are so off beat and that is what I love about them. You are extremely talented Deena in many more ways than you know. So happy to have found such a treasure of recipes. Thanks.

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