Weekends are made for pancakes around here.
Pretty much most every Saturday I whip up a batch of easy mix pancakes (or the kids do), then we pop out a whole heap of toppings, the kids get out the plates and cutlery and we all sit down together for a family breakfast.
Yup, it's our thing at the moment and it totally makes me happy :)
Over the past few months we have been having raspberry and fresh peach pancakes, along with our usual blueberry, maple syrup, cinnamon sugar and bacon. But sadly I guess it's the end of stone fruit season around here and the peaches this week were less than perfect.
So although in general I prefer my fruit fresh and uncooked I fried them up with a dab of butter and a few spoons of brown sugar.
With a dash of maple syrup, some raspberries and a sprinkle of cinnamon everyone seemed happy.
Phew crisis averted, time to sit back and enjoy my morning coffee.
Easy Mix Pancake recipe
we have a few different pancake recipes but this one is easy to make, is not overloaded with sugar, the kids can whip them up and they cook quite quickly. I usually make them smallish so the kids can try out a few different pancake topping versions, plus I make a few extra small ones for the kids dolls/special toys.
1 1/2 cups self raising flour (US rounded/generous cups)
1 tsp baking powder
2 Tbsp caster sugar (US 2 Tbsp + 2 tsp)
1/8 tsp salt
60 g (approx 2 oz) unsalted butter, melted
1 cup trim (2%) milk (8 fl oz)
Sift together flour, baking flour, sugar and salt.
Add the butter, eggs and milk and mix well with a whisk until no lumps remain. Allow to stand for 15 minutes
Set the oven on very low heat and pop a serving plate onto a rack in middle of the oven.
Heat large frying pan to medium heat. Rub a small amount of butter onto frying pan, spoon dollops of pancake mixture into pan and smooth into an even circle with back of spoon. Cook on one side until the sides set (they will look dull instead of wet and shiny) and bubbles appear. Using a flat spatula flip the pancake and cook the other side until golden.
Remove from frypan and pop onto the warming plate in the oven until all pancakes are cooked.
Serve with topping of choice.
Toppings - yes we have all these toppings on the table to choose from
Brown Sugar Peach - saute 2 sliced peaches in pan at medium high heat with 1 Tbsp butter and 2 tsp brown sugar.
Raspberries - we use frozen berries for economy and heat in the microwave for a minute or 2 to make a 'compote'.
Blueberries - same as the raspberries we ususally use frozen, heat in microwave and serve warm
Linda Vandermeer is a blogger, baker, maker and author of the cookbook ' Sweets on a Stick': More than 150 kid friendly recipes for cakes, candies, cookies and pies on the go!. Published in the US the book is available at most online book stores.
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