Make your own Teff Pancakes with Will Torrent

Last year Will Torrent, chocolatier and award-winning chef, visited Tearfund self help groups in Ethiopia, witnessing first-hand the hope that these groups are bringing to people living in desperate need.

This teff pancake recipe was inspired by an encounter with Amarech, mother of seven, who leads one of the self help groups Will visited in Ethiopia.

‘I was challenged to make one of the country’s classic dishes: a fermented teff flour pancake called Injera,’ Will tells us. ‘A world away from my well-stocked and fitted British kitchen, I served up my humble attempt at Injera in a remote village, on an open fire in indescribable heat!

Will Torrent met Amarech while visiting some of Tearfund’s work in Ethiopia

‘I love this recipe because it reminds me of the warm welcome I received on my first visit to Africa, and the hope I witnessed in the people who are being helped through Tearfund’s fantastic work.’

Prior to joining a self help group, Amarech’s family life was incredibly difficult. Her husband left to work as a migrant worker in another country, leaving her to raise her children alone. But now, things have changed.

‘I love this recipe because it reminds me of the warm welcome I received on my first visit to Africa, and the hope I witnessed in the people who are being helped through Tearfund’s fantastic work.’

‘She’s got a smile on her face all the time,’ Will recalls, ‘But to think that just over two years ago, she was really struggling. That’s the amazing work that these self help groups are doing.’

This #PancakeDay, why not give these teff pancakes a try!

A child dressed as a pirate holds up Will’s recipe at Big Church Day Out 2016

Ingredients

For the pancakes:

250g teff flour
80g wholegrain spelt flour (for gluten free pancakes use gluten free flour)
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 eggs
1 tablespoon honey
150g natural yoghurt
1 teaspoon sunflower oil

For the caramelised bananas:

2 bananas
250g honey

This is how you do it:

  1. Mix together the teff, spelt flour, baking powder, eggs, honey and yogurt in a bowl
  2. Let the mixture sit for around 15 minutes
  3. Add water to make the mixture the consistency of double cream
  4. Heat the sunflower oil in a non-stick pan over a medium heat
  5. When the pan is hot, pour the batter into the pan — making sure there aren’t any gaps
  6. When the pancake starts to bubble, carefully flip over and cook until dark golden brown
  7. Set pancake aside and keep warm
  8. Clean the pan with some kitchen paper and squeeze in the honey
  9. Let the honey bubble and then add sliced bananas
  10. Cook on high so the honey caramelises the bananas (you could add a pinch of chilli powder or smoked paprika here for an extra kick!)
  11. Heap the caramelised bananas on top of the warm pancake
  12. Enjoy immediately
Will Torrent with wife, Francesca, demonstrating cooking teff pancakes at Big Church Day Out 2016
Amarech watches on as Will prepares his first Injera

What is teff?

Teff is a grain traditionally used in Ethiopian cooking and is now becoming a global ‘superfood’. It’s gluten-free, rich in calcium, iron and protein, and is available from health food shops and some supermarkets.

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