1large leek, , halved and sliced into 3mm thick strips
1tbspolive oil, , plus extra for frying
100ml(1/3 cup + 1 tbsp) vegetable stock or milk
60g(1/2 cup) gram flour (chickpea flour/besan)
3sprigs of fresh thyme, , leaves picked
100gfrozen petits pois, (baby peas), defrosted
Cut the potatoes into quarters then place into a pot and cover with water, salt the water well. Place over a high heat, bring to the boil then turn down to simmer until tender (about 15-20 minutes).
Meanwhile heat the olive oil in a large frying pan over a medium heat. Once hot, add the leeks and a sprinkle of salt and turn the heat down to low. Cook for around 15 minutes, stirring occasionally until softened but not coloured.
Once the potatoes have cooked, drain them and return to the pot. Mash with a potato masher or, if like me you don't have one, the back of a fork until mostly smooth. Mix in the vegetable stock/milk, the eggs, black pepper, gram flour, thyme leaves and baking powder until smooth. Fold in the cooked leek and defrosted peas.
Wipe out the pan you were using for the leeks and return it to a medium-low heat with enough olive oil to lightly coat the base (it's helpful if you're using a non-stick frying pan here). Scoop a heaped tablespoon of batter into the pan to form one pancake. Spoon in one or two more puddles of batter, depending on the size of your pan. Leave to cook until dark golden underneath then use a metal spatula to swiftly flip each one over - this can take as bit of practice as the batter doesn't have the gluten to hold it together, thus you must be confident and quick when flipping! Leave to cook on the other side until dark golden too.
Keep the pancakes warm on a baking tray in an oven at 100 C whilst you cook the remaining pancakes as before. Serve them warm with a fried eggs (& bacon if you fancy) for brunch, lunch or dinner! They're also excellent with some Cheddar cheese grated on top or some ketchup as a lil snacky.
The cooked pancakes will keep well, covered in the fridge for a few days - just reheat them in a frying pan with a little bit of oil when you need them.
- if you have already got cooked, mashed potato use 260g or 1 cup