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6th July 2014

Breakfast Idea: Easy Pancake Muffins

I’m always looking for inspiration for quick, easy and healthy breakfasts. We get a bit stuck in a toast, cereal, and fruit rut (although we do love pancakes at the weekend when we have more time, especially this easy recipe by Jamie Oliver). So when I found a recipe for oven-cooked Pancake Muffins on the blog Family Fresh Meals, I couldn’t wait to try them. They can be cooked  in batches at the weekend, and then handed out first thing in the morning for breakfast throughout the week (or even grabbed on the way out of the door if you have a late riser!).

The beauty of these muffins is that you can fill them with anything. I chose to stick to blueberries and raspberries – but I will be trying sausage, cheese, bacon, and banana soon. They taste just like pancakes, with a heavy, quite sticky consistency (don’t expect a fluffy cake!) but they are far more convenient than standing over the hob cooking batches of pancakes in your pyjamas!

Oh and the ingredients list Batter Mix – I am sure you can also use homemade batter (check my recipe here) but I wanted to stick to the original recipe, so bought ready-made. Let me know if you try it homemade!

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Ingredients:

2 cups batter mix
2/3 cup milk
2 eggs
1/2 cup Maple Syrup
Optional fillings

Recipe

Preheat oven to 350’C.
Whizz the batter mix, milk, eggs, and maple syrup together until smooth.
Pour into muffin cases (right up to the top) and then drop your fillings into the mixture (we went for blueberries and raspberries, both sliced into quarters).
Pop into oven for 20 minutes, checking they are ready with a skewer (it will come out completely clean when they are done).

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Let me know if you try them!



31st May 2014

Easy breakfast pancakes

I’m always lacking inspiration when it comes to breakfast – and whilst I love pancakes, I didn’t think they were healthy enough to give Stanley regularly nor easy enough for me to cook. Then my friend Katie told me about Jamie Oliver’s  Breakfast Pancake recipe, so I looked it up that evening and decided to give it a go the following morning (if there’s one bonus from children that wake up at 5.30am, it’s that you have enough time in the morning to do these things…)

What I love about this recipe is that it’s so easy. There are just four ingredients and it takes minutes to combine them into a batter and start cooking. Jamie’s recipe contains grated pear, but Stanley is a bit obsessed with apples (he begs for them, he eats them, and he talks about them all day long) so I grated an apple instead. And that’s the beauty of the recipe, as you can use any fruit – mashed banana, chopped blueberries, diced strawberries, etc etc.

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Ingredients:

1 cup self-raising flour (95 grams)
1 cup semi-skimmed milk (240 ml)
1 egg
1 pinch of salt
1 apple (or other fruit)

Recipe

Add the flour, milk, egg and salt to a mixing bowl and whisk until smooth. Then add your fruit – I peeled the apple before grating, but it isn’t totally necessary.

Heat a large saucepan on the hob with a knob of butter. When the butter has melted, add the batter mixture a spoonful at a time – I think 3 tablespoonfuls is the perfect size for a pancake. Cook for a couple of minutes, flip it over, and cook the other side for a further two minutes. It’s as easy as that!

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How you serve it is up to you. I like them served with plain yoghurt and a few blueberries (on a good day) or bananas and maple syrup (when I’m feeling naughty). Stanley has them served with blueberries on the side – he likes them served whole so he can pick them up and chomp into them (far more exciting than chopped up, obviously). I love the fact that there’s nothing unhealthy in them and he’s getting a portion of hidden fruit.

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The best thing is how quick and easy they are to cook. A matter of minutes to make the batter, a few more to cook each pancake, and they are ready. Oh and you can keep any batter you don’t need for a few days in the fridge, making the whole process even easier the next day.

Yum.