Pear, twaróg & hemp seed pancakes

This is the pancake I will be making on Pancake Day 2021. It’s a new recipe, inspired by my Baltic travels. Hemp seeds are very popular in Latvia and full of goodness (and naturally occurring, feel-good CBD). They are a wonderful flavour match for ripe pear. The addition of twaróg (you can use any curd cheese or even cream cheese) imparts them with a moreish creaminess.

makes 3 large pancakes


  • 1 pear, peeled and diced
  • 150g plain flour
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 egg, separated
  • 125ml milk
  • 1 tablespoon kefir (or yoghurt)
  • rapeseed/canola oil for frying
  • 1 tablespoon hemp seeds, toasted – to serve

good quality honey – to serve


  • Place the flour, baking powder and salt in a large bowl and mix to combine.
  • Beat the egg white to soft peaks.
  • Add the egg yolk to the flour, pour in the milk and stir until there are no lumps. Add a splash of the rapeseed oil too.
  • Break the twaróg into small bits and add to the mixture (or just stir in the cream cheese thoroughly).
  • Fold the beaten egg whites into the large bowl and stir gently to combine.
  • Start heating up the rapeseed oil in frying pan.
  • Add the pear chunks to the batter.
  • Once the oil is hot individually fry your pancakes in it, for about 3 minutes each side. Drain on kitchen paper.
  • Serve sprinkled with hemp seeds and drizzled with honey.

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