Some parts of South Africa are being blessed with some much needed rain. Apart from the safety reasons for staying home, rainy weather has always meant home, books, and comfort food to most. We asked Nina Timm of Easy Cooking from Nina’s Kitchen, to share one of her favourite rainy-day treats with us, in anticipation of a rainy weekend.
Ricotta crumpets with mulberry compote
“Ricotta Crumpets-with mulberry compote or flapjacks as we call them here are my children’s favourite snack when days are cold and rainy,” says Timm. “Because of the ricotta these little cakes can go either way; savoury or sweet, and is so easy to make your kids can help you measure and mix!”
Makes approximately eight crumpets
1 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
a pinch of salt
3 tablespoons milk
200gr ricotta cheese
Sift the flour, salt and baking powder together in a bowl. Beat the eggs and milk together with a fork and add the egg mixture to the flour. Mix, but do not overmix. Add the ricotta and fold it in.
Heat some oil in a frying pan and drop spoonfuls of the batter into the pan. Turn the crumpets once to ensure even browning on both sides.
Serve these cakes with whatever you please. Cream and jam or cheese and bacon are all a good option. Timm says that a favourite in her home is this mulberry sauce.
1 cup frozen or fresh mulberries – I used frozen
100 ml water
Boil together until the sauce thickens and serve on crumpets.
The sauce also works well with pancakes and ice-cream.