Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Jammy's healthy(ish) fluffy American pancakes


I’m trying to include more meals that we can all eat together as a family and at the table on a weekend. This is an impossible thing to do on weekdays so generally brunch is the best time for us. Pancakes is ideal. 

This recipe was sent in by my good friend James who lives in the UK. James cooks these for his niece and nephew and they look forward to them each time the visit.

I liked the look of this recipe as it was slightly different to a normal pancake recipe. I love the fact that there was mashed banana in the batter. I know bananas are expensive at the moment, but we have them as a weekend treat. Frey used to eat one every day and I think she was getting bored of them. Now she get’s so excited when I hand her one. Bring on August when the prices come back down. 

We all loved these, even my lovely hubbie who is not a fan of pancakes loved them. This is the start of a regular weekend ritual for us, and these pancakes may well become a Sunday treat. Thanks James. 

MAKES
Around 7

INGREDIENTS
1 cup plain flour
1 tsp bicarb of soda or baking powder
Pinch of salt
130ml skim milk
1 egg
3 tbsp brown sugar
3/4tbsp olive oil
1/2 banana
2/3 handfuls of blueberrys/mixed fruit
Maple syrup to serve

METHOD
1. Sift the flour, mix with baking soda and salt. 
2. In a blender mix milk, egg, olive oil, brown sugar and half 
    of the banana.
3. Add flour to the wet ingredients so it forms a thick batter.
4. Heat a pan with a bit of butter. Add a ladle of batter with a 
    handful of berries/fruit. It will seem thick but this is how it 
    should be. Once the top of the pancake begins to bubble, 
    turn it over and cook until both sides are golden brown and 
    the pancake has risen.
5. Keep them warm in the oven until they are all cooked, 
    serve with maple syrup.
... its a taste sensation!!

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