Five Quarters of Orange is the last of the Food Trilogy by Joanna Harris -the others being Chocolat and Blackberry Wine.The book takes you to a small village in wartime France and tells you about young Framboise Dartigen, her life under strict unemotional mother,how her life changes when here farmhouse is burned down by suspicious villagers who make her family flee from there.After decades of uneventful life Framboise returns to her home under a new name so as to avoid connection to Dartigen family,reconstructs here life there by opening a creperie using the recipes here mother recorded in a dairy mingled with day to day happenings.Through this she tries to understand her mother and finds that she has turned into a mini version of Mirabelle Dartigen,her mother.
The book is full of food references,partial recipes and most of all buckwheat pancakes her mother made for dinner.I had buckwwheat flour and decided to make the same for 'Boise adding oranges to it - a fruit forbidden in the Dartigen household as her mother is allergic to it ,but is used frequently by 'Boise to torment her mother.A simple yet hifibre breakfast or dinner as per book.The recipe is adapted from here
Buckwheat Orange Pancakes
Buckwheat is also kown as 'Kuttu atta ' in India.It has no gluten and has high fibre content and is protein rich.It has a nutty flavour and is commonly used in pancakes and waffles and also soba noodles.
Buckwheat Flour: 3/4 cup
All Purpose Flour: 1 cup
Baking Powder: 1 tbsp
Orange Zest: 1 tbsp +
Salt: 1/4 tsp
Milk: 1 and 1/4 cup
Orange Juice: 2/3 cup
Vegetable Oil: 1 tbsp
In a big bowl,whisk the dry items together.In a small bowl,mix the wet items.If you are okay with eggs reduce the milk to 1 cup and add 1 egg.I used milk as a substitute to egg.Also adjust the juice as per taste and sweetness.Add the wet mix to the dry mix and stir to form a batter of pouring consistency.Make sure you 'stir' as over mixing make toughen the pancakes.Make sure some lumps remain in the batter.
Ladle batter on a hot pan/tawa/skillet coated with oil spray and cook till bubbles appear and the sides start cooking.Using a turner turn the pancakes and cook for 1-2 minutes.Serve hot with orange syrup.
Orange Juice: 1/2 cup
Cinnamon Stick: 1 inch piece
Maple Syrup: 1/4 cup
Combine orange juice and cinnamon stick and bring to boil.Reduce heat and let it simmer till reduced to half.Allow to cool.Remove the cinnamon stick and mix in the maple syrup.
Simran ,it seems missed cooking for 'Boise but do read her review post.