This morning I decided to cook up a batch of Pancakes from Ellie’s Eating new book, The Real Food For Kids Cookbook, topped with healthy greek yogurt, Australian peaches, shredded coconut and chia seeds.
Pancakes is a great recipe for kids. I remember as a child, my mum and dad would knock up a batch every few Sunday mornings before piling all four of us kids into the van and heading off on a bushwalk for the day.
The thing I love about pancakes is how versatile the recipe can be; you can either have healthy or not very healthy pancakes depending on your toppings, using traditional or breaking the trend ingredients.
Get creative! For savoury pancakes use toppings such as maple bacon, chives, fetta, beetroot, chorizo sausage and baby spinach. For sweet not healthy pancakes use toppings such as nutella, maple syrup, your favourite flavoured ice cream, double cream, honey or lemon juice and sugar. For healthy pancakes use toppings such as greek yogurt, seasonal fruit, toasted nuts, chia seeds and pepitas.
You will need:
2 cups self raising flour
A pinch of salt
1/4 cup castor sugar
2 cups of milk
1 teaspoon of vanilla essence
1 tablespoon of butter
Sift the flour into a deep bowl. Add the salt and sugar and mix well. Make a well in the centre of the flour, add the eggs and whisk. Next add the milk and vanilla essence, combine then whisk until smooth. The mixture should have the consistency of a silky smooth batter (or consistency of double cream) without any lumps. If lumpy, continue whisking until the batter is lump free. Allow the batter to stand for 10 minutes before using. (I used this time to set the table and organise the toppings ready for our delicious breakfast feast!)
Heat a large non-stick frying pan over a medium heat. Brush the pan with a small amount of the butter. Using 1/4 cup of mixture per pancake and making two pancakes at a time, pour two 1/4 cups of batter into the frying pan (if you prefer to cook one pancake at a time use a smaller non stick frying pan). Cook the pancakes for 2-3 minutes or until bubbles appear on the surface, then flip and cook for a further 2 minutes.
I loved this recipe. It was quick, easy and functional and definitely a family favourite in our house!
Have you tried the recipe? Tell me your thoughts in the comment section below.