Finally Found A Positive For Spam

So I had quite a bit of free time lately, god knows how but I am not going to question it, and it gave me time to contemplate the important things of life.

Then I looked at my clock and only 10 minutes had gone by, though in my thoughts it had been hours. Cool :)
So then I started to contemplate ridiculous nonsense scenarios, events and general craziness which, I don’t know about you, always seems to take up the majority of my day dream sessions :)

As part of this general craziness, I often go through random topics… I am not even kidding you, it is like I am a human Wikipedia, starting on the topic of war trench-fare and eventually linking and linking to end up at potatoes. Honestly, that is how it happens :P

So anyway (there I go off again on a tangent!), in this particular daydream session, somehow I got to thinking of spam. And no I am not talking about this spam (Tell me, how can something look so processed that it may as well be plastic?!)

I am talking about this spam…

Now like many of you, these are my multiple reactions whenever I go to my email OR my blog, considering spamming comments are all the rage these days…

But I then I started thinking… what if a Nigerian prince of unknown origins really did need my help? Can you not imagine it? Him, stuck under his evil uncle’s thumb with his country in peril… and you are who he turns to :P

Or moving away from the multiple princes out there, imagine if a hi-fi publisher truly does want to have investment talks with you? A multimillionaire thinks you would be perfect for the job, all you have to do is organise a meet up. Just press that link and your future unfolds before you…

Ooooh or I could meet the perfect man for me. I mean, he is just a click away, photo is there and he comes with free tickets to a coldplay concert? Come on guys, such a keeper – two for one kind of deal right here! ;)

And suddenly I realised I had day dreamed for an hour already…

So yes, spam may perhaps be the most ridiculous thing in the history of the internet, but it certainly does provide good material for daydreaming :D – and while I did not learn any maths or history during this time, I did learn a very important lesson for life… obviously ;)

Daydreams are also really important for me as a way of coming up with new recipe ideas. One such actually came to me because I couldn’t find pureed pumpkin – BOOOOO ;)

I looked out my window and saw sun, blue skies and a shimmering heat which warned me of the onslaught of summer to come. And of mangoes. So many mangoes. Mangoes after mangoes after mangoes. With some mango on the side.

So I decided to do what was smartest. Use mango instead :D

Let me tell you guys something. Mango and cinnamon are a match made in heaven. Neither are they star-crossed nor are they prom king and queen, rather, this pair is sitting in the corner, talking and enjoying each others company away from the public. Until someone notices them. And guess what guys. I just happen to be the paparazzi. Sorry pumpkin, you should have come and claimed cinnamon for yourself :P

These pancakes honestly, softer and fluffier than ever, are bursting with mango flavour. When I say bursting, I honestly mean from the seams. And then there is that cinnamon swirl. It just compliments the mango flavour so well, you will collapse. No, legit, would I lie to you? :)

Enjoy mes amis!

Mango Cinnamon Swirl Pancakes
Source: Adapted from my Banana Bread Pancakes

Ingredients:

Pancakes

  • 1 ½ cups SRF (Self Raising Flour)
  • 2 tbs brown sugar
  • 2 large mangoes or 3 small ones, very ripe
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp allspice
  • 2 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 ½ cups full cream milk
  • 40g melted butter + extra to grease pan

Cinnamon Swirl – Taken from here but I would not use it if I wanted to keep a design on my pancakes, which I assumed would happen but it didn’t because this recipe is a little too runny – at least in taste it delivered like crazy

  • 2 tbs unsalted butter
  • 2 tbs maple syrup
  • ¼ cup + 2 tbs packed brown sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon – I made it 1 tbs :D

Method:

  1. Mash or puree your mango well (though a few lumps never hurt anyone :D)
  2. Mix together the milk, mango and sugar and essence in a bowl and let sit 5 minutes
  3. Sift together the SRF, baking soda and allspice
  4. Add melted butter than egg into wet mixture and combine
  5. Make a well into the centre of the dry ingredients and pour in the wet mixture
  6. Mix gently until combined (lumps are fine) and let sit 5 minutes
  7. Make Cinnamon Mixture: Mix all ingredients together and pour into a squeezy bottle :)
  8. Heat a large nonstick frying pan over medium heat. Once hot, lightly grease with butter
  9. Briefly stir batter in case it has settled and scoop 1/4 onto the pan, smoothing with a spoon into a circle.
  10. Using the squeezy bottle, make a swirl on top

    I was trying to be all creative but to no avail ;)

  11. Flip pancakes when first bubbles start to appear all over the surface (1-2 minutes) before carefully flipping until lightly browned
  12. Place on a wire rack and place a tea towel over to keep moist and warm
  13. Grease in between each pancake and continue process (You may need to reduce the temperature a little after the first 2-3 pancakes)
  14. Serve warm and with homemade vanilla ice cream :D (I would say maple syrup but the cinnamon filling is more than enough :D

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132 Comments

  1. Right away I assumed you were talking about the Hormel variety of spam. Probably ’cause I used to (long ago!) eat the stuff. Now just once a year or so, for old times sake. I’d much rather eat your mango pancakes with ice cream, CCU. Sounds scrumptious.

  2. Melanie says:

    mmmm love pancakes and really love mango! Now that I’m in your neck of the woods, where they’re just coming into season, I will definitely be adding them to my breakfasts.

  3. erika says:

    Um these look ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS. I thought I was going to have to take a break after today’s pancake fest, but I might have to make an exception for these :) I’ve made cinnamon roll pancakes before, but adding mango totally takes them to another level!!

  4. helene dsouza says:

    Uru stay away from those people who make you believe crap. Just today I read an article where some girl in Indonesia was chatting with one guy who had send her a spam mail like that. She met him and she ended up being sold…

    Apart from the dark side of the world, your mango pancake is brightening up my day. Thanks fro that uru! =)

  5. Liz says:

    I just love the way you think….I go off on similar tangents, but yours are much more entertaining ;) Great pancakes…who’d have thought of subbing mango for pumpkin? Glad it worked so beautifully!

  6. Joanne says:

    So, you’re saying both you and I know that SAME Nigerian Prince?! How much is he trying to transfer to your account?

    I get so fed up with spam. The only thing I think about when I’m emptying out my mail box which is filled with nonsense is…”What do these people get out of this? Are there folks who are so gulable that they would actually pass along their personal data?”
    Oh well.. a big plate of those mango honeys would take my mind off spam and calm me down.

  7. Mango pancakes are a favourite at my local yum cha! To have cinnamon kick is a lovely way to change up the flavours too. I shall wait until I get my hands on a few of those golden treasures, can’t wait for the tropical fruit seadon!

  8. Mei says:

    Mango cinnamon swirl! Oh my goodness I’d never thought of such a perfect sounding combination….btw you tricked me into thinking that there was somehow spam in your pancakes until I read half way through your post. Haha…I think I was probably the only one tricked though. :)

  9. Kimby says:

    Ha, CCU! Sounds like you make productive use of your down time… especially when it results in something as imaginative as mango pancakes! (I beg to differ with your assessment of not being creative — good heavens, girl, your blog is proof positive of your creativity!) I have to admit though, I eyed those pancake photos very suspiciously at first… thought you made some sort of Spam fritter, lol! Glad it turned out to be the “other kind.” :)

  10. Veronica says:

    Uru, I love mangoes so much that I’m a mango purist and can never bring myself to do anything but eat them straight but this is the first time I’m actually tempted to try a recipe with them. It was your description of the mango flavor “bursting at the seams” that sold me. So I”m pinning it. Maybe when I have a surplus of mangoes I will bust this recipe out. And BTW, glad you found a use for Spam. Just glad it’s not the meat log variety (barf). lol ;)

  11. daisyandthefox says:

    that looks soooooo good! a combination of 2 of my favourite flavours! + it’s a pancake – what could be better!! :)

  12. Mango pancakes are my all time super fav food. LOVE the pancake recipe. Mango is my fav fruit anyway.

    Your write up is funny. I day dream quite a lot, and most of them are quite entertaining if I say so myself. Dream on!

  13. I love pancakes..and I love fruits in pancakes..like bananas or berries…mango sounds interesting..and I won’t usually think of using it with cinnamon..will give that a go next time! This looks like the perfect brunch on a weekend morning.

  14. Gina says:

    Love mango, wish they were ripe here now. Ha, ha, if you really want to mess with the spammers, you need to start spamming them. You never know though, that Prince may be real?
    -Gina-

  15. mjskit says:

    1 Tbsp. cinnamon! You really do like cinnamon and mango! I do find some spam quite entertaining but I have to admit that I never dream about the prince. :)

  16. Hahaha, those spam images are hilarious! Definitely worth a good laugh. Real spam kind of scares me though- I don’t quite get the craze. I’ll be visiting Hawaii in January, where I know spam is big, so I wonder if I can find some vegan spam to get the same sort of experience. ;)

  17. Viveka says:

    You know I’m useless on pancakes but this I will give a go one day when I’m feeling brave. Just love everything about it. Love Mangos – it will not happen before I go to Ireland .. for my yearly visit – but after. Need to be really for the mess too. You should do a baking cookbook.
    This with SPAM I don’t have a clue about … here on Worldpress do I get fare too many and there is only one action from me. Delete. Wonder where they go on my email accounts ????

  18. Pancakes are about my favorite thing in the world – couple them with one of my favorite fruits and voila! Heaven! And thank you for the different take on spam ;-)! I will try to think about it in a more positive light, but I’m still not helping the Nigerian prince!

  19. A_Boleyn says:

    I rarely have anything sweet for breakfast/brunch (yogurt doesn’t count in my book) though my nephew made me pancakes one day while taking care of me recently post surgery. The combination of mango-cinnamon is a very interesting one that I’d never have thought of. You’re so inventive. :)

    I bought a can of Spam about a month ago (first time I’d had any in the house in 15-20 yrs) as I had it in mind to do some time of sushi/nigiri with it. Funny coincidence. What did YOU do with your Spam?

  20. kitchenriffs says:

    Mangoes are one of my absolute fav things in the world to eat. Can’t get enough. And daydreaming is my friend! I’ve always done it, always will. Spam? Well, I’m not in favor of either the canned “meat” or Nigerian biz guys who want to make me rich (yes, me!). Fun post – thanks.

  21. Eva Taylor says:

    Very fluffy pan cakes indeed! We prefer real maple syrup and not the flavoured kind, though.
    I’ve never had spam and would like to keep it that way.
    We used to get letters from Nigeria actually addressed to us back in the day there was no email! You mean it’s not true?

  22. petit4chocolatier says:

    Your posts are so interesting with your witty writing; love it!
    Loved your spam spirit!

    Mango + Cinnamon = Delicious. The pancakes look so fluffy and scrumptious! Definitely no maple syrup for me. The cinnamon mixture looks perfect!

  23. Ha I thought you had gone off and started to make spam fritters – yes my friend this is what they considered lunch at schools in Britain (in the deep and distant past) and I was gripping the laptop with memories of a grease filled mouth and hoping you’d get off the subject and quickly !!
    Phew Mangoes :) Now that’s better, much better. I could eat my fill of these, and who would have thought that a touch of cinnamon would be a perfect partner? Only you my baker friend !!

  24. Ramona says:

    Mango and Cinnamon pancakes… you creative genius! I have never tried them together…but that will have to be fixed soon.

    PS… spam… LOL! Yes, someday there really will be a Nigerian Prince that needs our help and his pleas will go unheard. Darn those spammers!

  25. navane64 says:

    What an outcome from daydreaming. That surely works for you. Never thought of making pancakes with mangoes, maybe I should start daydreaming too. Nice and gorgeous dessert as usual from you.

  26. LinsFood says:

    Lol! Great title! Love mangoes and I love the thickness of theses pancakes! Oh yay, it’s Sunday morning, my husband’s birthday, guess what kids and I are about to make for his breakfast in bed?! Yup, your pancakes – thanks for the inspiration! xx

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