Pancakes with Brie Topping

Rather an extravagant way of serving pancakes, Pancakes with Brie Topping makes a tasty supper dish, or can be served as a savoury after a light meal.

12 oz. flour

1 teaspoon salt

3 teaspoons baking powder

1 egg, lightly beaten

15 fl. oz. milk

1 oz. butter, melted

4 tablespoons vegetable oil

8 oz. Brie cheese

2 fl. oz. bechamel sauce

½ teaspoon black pepper

½ teaspoon grated nutmeg

1 tablespoon brandy

1 oz. Parmesan cheese, grated

First make the cheese topping. Cut away and discard the rind from the Brie. With a wooden spoon, press the cheese through a fine wire strainer set over a medium-sized mixing bowl. Beat in the bechamel sauce, pepper, nutmeg and brandy. Set aside.

Sift the flour, salt and baking powder into a large mixing bowl. Set aside.

In a medium-sized mixing bowl, beat together the egg, milk and melted butter with a wire whisk or rotary beater until the mixture is light and frothy. With a wooden spoon, stir in the flour mixture and beat until the batter is smooth.

Using a pastry brush, lightly grease a large heavy-based frying-pan or girdle with a little of the oil. Heat the pan or girdle over moderate heat until it is hot. Depending on the size of your pan or girdle, drop 4 or 5 spoonfuls of the batter, well spaced, on to the pan or girdle. Cook the pancakes for about 1 minute or until bubbles form and’ begin to break open on the surface and the outer edges have browned.

With a palette knife or spatula, turn the pancakes over and cook the other sides for 1 minute or until they are lightly browned.

Transfer the pancakes to a warmed serving plate and keep warm. Cook the remaining pancakes in the same way, greasing the pan or girdle with a little of the vegetable oil each time.

Preheat the grill to high.

Lay the pancakes out on a flat surface and spread equal amounts of the cheese mixture over each one. Sprinkle with the Parmesan cheese. Place the pancakes in the grill pan and grill for 4 minutes, or until the cheese turns a light golden brown and is bubbling. (You may have to grill the pancakes in several batches.)

Remove the pan from the heat. Transfer the pancakes to individual warmed serving plates and serve immediately.

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