Scotch Griddle Cakes with Heather Honey
for Scotland and Best of British
How I LOVE Britain’s diverse and unique cuisine……from John O’ Groats to Land’s End, and in-between of course, we are a nation rich in regional recipes; dishes and ingredients that take advantage of the our farming heritage, as well as the seas that surround our wonderful island kingdom. You only have to think of some of the more famous of recipes and ingredients, and a culinary journey starts already……Clotted Cream, Melton Mowbray Pork Pies, Saffron, Scallops, Oysters, Eccles Cakes, Kentish Apples and Hops, Treacle Toffee, Yorkshire Pudding, Baps and Bloomers, Black Bun, Honey, Cheeses of all types, Bath Chaps, Chelsea Buns, Fat Rascals, Cullen Skink, Eton Mess, Laver Bread, Potted Shrimps……..and the list goes on…..
With such a range of exciting recipes and ingredients to “play with”, when Janice from Farmersgirl Kitchen announced that the Best of British Blog Challenge journey was going to Scotland, I was in a bit of a fluster, as HOW on earth could I narrow my entry down to just one recipe or maybe two? I already post a lot of Scottish fish and seafood recipes on a regular basis, so, I wanted to try something different; bread was an idea, but again, one of my most popular posts on the blog is the recipe for Scottish Morning Rolls, so I ruled bread out too…..however, baking was still an option, as there are few areas of Britain that can rival the quality and range of the Scottish Tea Time Table.…..with its scones, Dundee cake, scotch pancakes, shortbread, oatcakes, flapjacks etc. So, baking was still my preferred option for my entry…….
It was my MUCH-LOVED and old griddle (girdle) that provided the answer…..I decided to make a batch of authentic Scotch Pancakes, or Scotch Griddle Cakes, and serve them with some AMAZING Scottish Heather Honey that I had in my pantry….and this recipe not only represents the culinary baking excellence of Scotland, but also uses one of it’s most delicious exports by way of the honey. Plus, with the appalling weather we have been having this summer, this is just the kind of recipe to make for a dull summer’s eve……I nearly said dull winter’s eve! Pancakes of ALL sorts are much-loved in my house, and these made a WONDERFUL Sunday morning breakfast today……with the excess pancakes being popped into the freezer for another day.
To tell you more about the Best of British event; New World Appliances as proud BRITISH manufacturers of kitchen appliances are sponsoring this event for the first six months. Each month, one entrant will be picked AT RANDOM to receive a £50 Amazon voucher. And, at the end of the six month period we will have a regional showdown, with a judge to pick the best entry. New World Appliances have kindly offered £300 of Amazon vouchers for the overall winner, so if you enter every month you have 6 chances to win the grand prize! This month is SCOTLAND, as you already know, and if you want to join in, the deadline is the 15th June, before we move on to another British region. Janice is hosting Scotland and Best of British here: Best of British – The Scottish Challenge
And here with a shake of my honey drizzler, and a smear of fresh butter, is my recipe and entry for Scotland’s Best of British, Scotch Griddle Cakes with Heather Honey. Enjoy the rest of your Sunday and see you soon with photos of my cookbook collection for Random Recipes, some wine pairing notes, more recipes and my NEW Monday Meal Plan too of course! Karen