Magical Maple Syrup - Irish Smoked Salmon, Sweet Potato Pancake, Soy and Maple Glaze

Last year, we travelled across Canada from East to West. It's one of these journeys which stays with you for a long time. The first day of the trip is a whole day parade of trees of various shapes, sizes, colours and species. But of course Maple trees with their distinctive leaves are the ones and probably the only, I recognised.

I only thought of maple syrup as one kind of. But on arrival in Vancouver, I was quickly proven wrong, supermarkets are stocked up with rows and rows of Maple Syrup bottles. The amber liquid is subjected to a complicated grading system but in essence, is goes from pale and subtle to dark and strongly flavoured.

It takes a bit of going to get it right but the result is worth the effort. So if you are looking for a bit of inspiration for Christmas, here are a recipe which I like to make.

Irish smoked salmon, sweet potato pancake, soy and maple glaze

Serves 4-6 
For the pancakes:
350ml skimmed milk
350g sweet potato
2 free range eggs separated
120g wholemeal flour
120g buckwheat flour
5g dried yeast
For the soy and maple glaze:
300ml maple syrup
300ml soy sauce
Garlic clove, crushed
10g chilli flakes.

To serve (optional):
Smoked salmon
Crème fraiche
Chive batons

  • Cook the sweet potatoes in boiling water until tender. Remove skins dry and mash.
  • Mix milk, sweet potato, egg yolks, salt, and a little oil.
  • Add sieved flour and yeast mixture.
  • Whip egg whites and fold in gently. Rest.
  • Heat a heavy frying pan until hot and place in oil.
  • Drop the batter mixture, cook until golden brown and turn when the surface starts to bubble. Keep warm.
  • For the soy and maple glaze, combine all ingredients in a pan. Reduce by two thirds and then put aside for serving.
To Serve 
  • On the warm pancake place the smoked salmon herbs and salad. Garnish with crème fraiche and the reduced glaze. 
Top Tips

This dish is ideal for breakfast or a dessert alternative. Just serve with some red fruits instead of the smoked salmon.
To make the perfect pancake, try using an individual pancake pan.

 Reproduced with the permission of the  Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers.

Every year, for Christmas we get a smoked salmon from the west coast of Ireland while the "Irish lot" gets a bottle of whisky. Family traditions are important so for this reason. I add this recipe to the Inheritance Recipes co hosted by Coffee and Vanilla which this month I have the pleasure to host. Please join us Here

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