Chestnut Flour just keeps surprising me with its capabilities. When I start working with a new (to me) flour I put it through a series of tests to really get a feel for how it works in comparison to others. I find that a basic pancake recipe is a fantastic and quick way to learn how light the flour is. If the pancakes become fluffy- I know that this same flour will work well for me in cake, muffin and bread recipes. The chestnut flour did just that for this recipe.. I see many more fun recipes to come using it!
What I'm posting here is about the lightest pancake I have ever had. Its borderline cake-like. This is due in part of the eggs, baking powder and of course the chestnut flour. I used eggs as a starting point for my own learning process. I suspect for those of you allergic that replacing them with a typical substitute like bananas, flax eggs, chia eggs etc you should have good results- though they will undoubtedly be less fluffy. If anyone takes the liberty to experiment- let us know how they turn out.
Chestnut flour has a unique flavor. Its nutty but in a different way that almond flour. I used an entire Tbs of vanilla extract in this recipe to compliment it. I find chestnut tastes really wonderful with warm spices too, for example: cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg etc.
At the moment I am sourcing my Chestnut Flour locally at a store called Niblack. You may not be able to find the flour in stores- but its available to order from many online companies.
- 3 Large Eggs
- 1 Cup Chestnut Flour
- 1/3 Cup Blanched Almond Flour
- 4 Tbs Granulated Sugar (any variety, refined or unrefined including xylitol)
- 2 Tsp Baking Powder (I like using Double Acting)
- Pinch of Salt
- 1 Tbs Milk or water (any variety)
- 1 Tbs Vanilla Extract
- 1 Tsp. Oil or Melted Butter (any mild tasting variety)
- 1 Tsp Apple Cider Vinegar (Or other vinegar variety OR lemon/lime juice)
- Beat the eggs, then mix in the remaining ingredients.
- Cook in a small amount of oil in a nonstick skillet (cooking maybe 1 minute per side).
Hope this recipe inspires you each to pick up a bag of chestnut flour!