Fruity Puffed Pancake

Independence Morning Fruity Puffed Pancake, Dining in Paradise, Photography by Mike McColl.

Independence Morning Fruity Puffed Pancake, Dining in Paradise, Photography by Mike McColl.

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Independence Morning Fruity Puffed Pancake

The Bahamas achieved full independence from Britain on July 10th, 1973. Celebrate your country’s anniversary by decorating this delightful puffed pancake in the fashion of your country’s flag and take a photo because it won’t last long.

Serves 6


Pancake Batter

1/2 cup (125 mL) butter

1 cup (250 mL) all-purpose flour

1/4 tsp (1 mL) ground cinnamon

1 Tbsp (15 mL) granulated sugar

2 cups (500 mL) whole milk

3 eggs

1/2 tsp (2 mL) salt


Mango Filling

1/2 cup (125 mL) rice wine (mirin)

2 cups (500 mL) fresh or frozen mango chunks

Juice of 1/2 lemon

1/4 tsp (1 mL) ground cinnamon


Cornstarch Mixture

4 tsp (20 mL) cornstarch

2 Tbsp (30 mL) cold water


Blackberry Filling

2 cups (500 mL) fresh blackberries

1/2 cup (125 mL) granulated sugar or 1/4 cup (60 mL) honey


Pinch of salt

1/2 tsp (2 mL) ground cinnamon


Blueberry Filling

2 cups (500 mL) fresh blueberries

1/2 cup (125 mL) granulated sugar or 1/4 cup (60 mL) honey

1/4 tsp (1 mL) salt

1/4 tsp (1 mL) ground cinnamon 1/4 tsp (1 mL) ground nutmeg



  1. To prepare the pancake batter, preheat oven to 400 ̊F (200 ̊C). Add butter to a 13- x 9-inch (33 x 23 cm) baking pan and place in the oven to melt.
  2. Combine remaining batter ingredients in a large bowl and mix well.
  3. Remove pan from the oven and pour 1/4 cup (60 mL) of the butter into the pancake mixture and continue to whisk. Pour pancake batter into the hot baking pan and return to the oven. Bake for 40 minutes until golden and center sets. (The pancake will deflate slightly after it’s removed from the oven.)
  4. To prepare the mango filling, in a saucepan over medium heat, pour in rice wine and simmer. Add mangoes and cook until slightly softened. Add lemon juice and ground cinnamon and stir. Cook until liquid is reduced by half. Remove from heat and set aside.
  5. To prepare the cornstarch mixture, mix cornstarch in cold water and set aside.
  6. Cook blackberries and blueberries separately by placing 1-quart (1 L) saucepans over medium heat. Divide cornstarch into the mixture and stir into the berries.
  7. Add all remaining ingredients to individual blackberry and blueberry fillings while stirring until sugar dissolves and mixture is slightly thickened. Remove from heat.
  8. To assemble, use skewers to separate the layers of fruits while designing your country’s flag. Spoon the fruits within the lines, then remove the skewers and display them as a centrepiece on the table.

TIP: Use fruits or berries that are the same colours as your country’s flag.


Recipe reprinted with permission from Fitzhenry & Whiteside Limited.

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