Ombré Berry Pancakes

Do you ever look at images on Pinterest or Instagram and marvel at the beauty of things that others can create? I do… particularly at the food images and I pretty much drool over my mobile phone screen as I like & scroll through the different feeds.

When I saw the Ombré Berry Pancakes from Wife Mama Foodie… I fell in love! Her pictures were so beautiful and I somehow convinced myself that if I made the same recipe, mine “could” look like hers… HA HA…

In reality, mine were a lot more grainy/spotty (maybe I should have put the berry puree through a sieve?)… but I can attest to the fact that they were so easy to make and absolutely delicious, that I would happily make them again!

Ombré Berry Pancakes

1 & 1/2 cups of all purpose flour
3 teaspoons of flour
a few pinches of salt
1 & 1/2 Tablespoons of sugar
1 & 1/2 Tablespoons of butter (melted)
1 & 1/4 cups of milk
1/2 teaspoon vinegar
1/2 cup of mashed blueberries (and/or blackberries)

  • Take 3 medium mixing bowls and within each bowl place: 1/2 cup flour, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1 Tablespoon sugar, 1/2 Tablespoon butter
  • Leave the 1st bowl plain. In the 2nd bowl, add 1 heaped Tablespoon of the berry puree and add the remaining berry puree to the 3rd bowl.
  • Into the first bowl, add 1/2 cup of milk and mix until JUST combined (pourable batter)
  • Into the 2nd bowl, add 1/3 cup of milk and 1/4 teaspoon of vinegar and mix until JUST combined
  • Into the 3rd bowl, add 1/4 cup of milk and 1/4 teaspoon of vinegar and mix until JUST combined. You might need to add a little bit more milk to keep the consistency of all 3 bowls the same.
  • Ladle 1/4 cup of batter onto a non-stick pan over a medium heat. Flip over when the bubbles begin to appear on the surface. Repeat until all the batter is used up

Oat Pancakes

As mentioned in my Banana Pancake recipe posted last week => I used the BodyBoss Method for exercise and meal plan for inspiration over the last few months.

I love making pancakes on a Sunday morning, as we normally only go to church around 11/11.30am and there is no other rush on a Sunday morning except family breakfast time. I found this recipe in the BodyBoss weeks 7-12 notebook and couldn’t believe how little ingredients it needed! For me the mixture was a little thin, but all in all, they turned out pretty good!

OAT PANCAKES

115g cottage cheese
40g rolled oats
3 eggs
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  • Blend all the ingredients in a blender or food processor until smooth
  • lightly oil a frying pan and heat over a medium heat
  • Cook spoonfuls of batter onto the pan and cook for 2-3minutes on each side (or until golden brown)

Banana Pancakes

At the beginning of the year, I decided to make a few small changes in my eating habits – nothing drastic (as if I could actually give up on all good food things ;)) and started walking each day. 6months done the track, I had lost 7kg and had signed up for the SleekGeek online community and their 8week challenge PLUS I purchased the plan from BodyBoss for added motivation (both exercise and meal plan ideas). 8months down the track and 11kg was gone… *poof*

Anyone who knows me, knows that I love food and Sunday pancakes are pretty much a monthly event in our household – which is why I started to try out different pancake recipes from the BodyBoss meal plan booklet.

I call these Banana pancakes … while they call it “berry me in pancakes”… whatever it is called – they are delicious!!

BANANA PANCAKES

1 cup of flour
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
1 cup milk
1 large banana (mashed)

  • Mix flour and bicarb of soda in one bowl
  • In another bowel, mix together the banana, milk and vanilla extract
  • Carefully add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and lightly mix together (don’t!! overmix!!)
  • lightly wipe a non-stick frying pan with oil
  • Spoon mixture onto frying pan and cook over a medium heat
  • cook on both sides, until golden
  • Serve as you wish (I added some homemade strawberry jam and a handful of berries to mine)

Pumpkin Pancakes

I had the pleasure of discovering the blog “chef in disguise” when I was part of the now defunct *Secret Recipe Club* (a monthly *secret santa* style recipe swap club). From the SRC club – I made her cheese wreath bread and then later on, I was inspired by her apricot jam post.

During June, I saw her post (and instagram image) about fluffy pumpkin pancakes… and OMG did they look delicious. I actually roasted pumpkin one evening just so that I could make these for our breakfast one Sunday morning!

HIM declared them to be the *BEST* pancakes that I had ever made – which is truly high praise from the man who normally indicates that something tastes good with a “I don’t dislike it”.

A definite make again => and enough to feed 2 hungry adults, a hungry toddler & provide a container of leftover snacks for aforementioned toddler for the next day.

Pumpkin Pancakes

1.5 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1.5 teaspoons cinnamon
1 cup milk
1 egg
1 cup pumpkin puree
2 Tablespoons butter (softened)
2 Tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla

  • sift flour, baking powder, salt & cinnamon into a large mixing bowl
  • in another bowl, whisk milk, pumpkin puree, egg, butter, sugar & vanilla
  • add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until combined
  • Grease & heat a nonstick frying pan
  • add a scoop of batter (approx. 1/4 cup) to the frying pan (I found that I could do 3 at a time)
  • cook on a medium heat until you see bubbles forming, then flip to cook the other side

 

Chocolate Banana Coconut and Oat Pancakes

I recently saw this recipe on Alida Ryder’s website (called Simply Delicious) – except hers didn’t have the coconut addition.

Breakfast in our house is a very standard affair – especially for HIM… who always has 2 slices of toast with cheese & ham – while mine can vary from time to time – but toast or porridge is pretty normal. However… on really special occasions… pancakes make an appearance.

And on Monkey’s 1st birthday – I decided to make a batch of these… mostly because they are sugar free and included banana & oats (all good things)… but also because I loved how gorgeous they looked on Alida’s blog!

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I adapted her recipe by adding 1/4 cup of milk – as the mixture was too thick as well as the desiccated coconut. They aren’t particularly sweet which is why I added a good pour of golden syrup to mine 🙂

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Chocolate Banana Coconut & Oat Pancakes

2 ripe banana’s
2 eggs
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
2 Tablespoons cocoa powder
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup desiccated coconut
1/2 cup milk

  • Place all ingredients into a bowl and using a hand blender – blend until mixture is smooth
  • leave to rest for 10-20minutes
  • Heat a non-stick frying pan over a medium heat
  • Fry spoonfuls of the batter (1-2min on each side) until brown

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Blueberry buttermilk pancakes

I promised myself that I would make sure that I made some time for blogging again…. no easy task when you are working mom. But as HIM rightly pointed out – this is something that I love doing – and that I should dedicate a few hours each week to it (and to myself)… so my goal is back to producing 2 blog posts a week….

In order to fulfill this goal (and also to say thank you to HIM for his pearls of wisdom) – I decided to whip up a batch of blueberry pancakes (because he loves my blueberry banana muffins!)

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I found a recipe on the Martha Stewart site – but left out the lemon zest and decided to rather add the blueberries as the batter was in the pan – allowing for a more even distribution of berries & less “bleeding” affect than her suggestion of folding them into the batter (after dusting with flour)

Would I make these again? YES! In total – the batter made about 16 pancakes – enough for 4 healthy portions

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Blueberry Buttermilk pancakes

2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 Tablespoon sugar
1-2 cups of blueberries (I used fresh)
2 cups buttermilk
2 eggs

  • Sift dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl – and then using a whisk, mix together until well combined
  • Make a well in the centre and add buttermilk & eggs
  • whisk until just combined – lumps are good!
  • ladle a spoonful of batter onto a preheated frying pan (I had 2 pans going at the same time) and add blueberries (pushing them down into the batter)
  • Flip them when you start to see little bubbles forming
  • Serve with maple syrup

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We love Mellow (Frozen Yoghurt and Pancakes)

Last week I was lucky enough to be invited to Mellow for a pancake brunch – and even better, I could bring along my mommabear who is visiting from South Africa!

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Started by 2 sisters, Noémie & Margaux in 2013 with a little pink Boule foodtruck… offering delicious Froyo (Frozen yogurt) – it quickly became popular and soon a little shop was opened in the heart of the European Institution.

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So popular… with a growing menu….

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Not just froyo’s, but smoothies, coffee, cake or freshly squeezed juices… and now also including pancakes!

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And not just any pancakes… but a selection of flavoured pancakes… as well as Pancake Sandwiches! Fillings change according to availability of local produce – but you are sure to find a fish, meat or vegetarian offering! And we were lucky enough to try all three at this bloggers brunch!!

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Fish – cream cheese with chives, fresh baby spinach and smoked trout (mom’s favourite)

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Meat – Tartiflette (reblochon cheese, bacon and onion)

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Vegetarian – fresh pear, goats cheese, honey and walnuts (my favourite)

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And of course, no visit would be complete without tasting some froyo…..

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Lets be honest – it doesn’t matter the season… it is always frozen yogurt time!!

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So what are you waiting for??? Go and visit – they also offer a fantastic Sunday brunch in their little sitting area beyond the counter… (14-18euro’s depending on how pancake hungry you are… pricing that we consider to be very reasonable, especially since it includes beverages!)

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An enormous thank you the Mellow Sisters for sharing your delicious pancakes with us!

Mellow

address: Place de Londres 10, Ixelles, 1050, Brussels, BELGIUM

website: http://www.welovemellow.com

Pancakes

Last Sunday evening – I started dreaming of pancakes – I really have no idea why… but those little circular sweet treats were bouncing around in my subconscious and *hints* to HIM to make them fell a bit short. (Note to self – “Hints don’t work on men”)

Anyhoo – this past weekend, I relayed the story to friends and we laughed at how I had expected HIM to catch my hints… and eventually agreed that (no matter what) Sunday was going to be pancake day…. No hints necessary – just do it…  And so it was!

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(The Recipe came from a torn out magazine – which has no reference on the page to title or even issue… so I am unable to give credit)

I made the batter & attempted the first 2… but HIM was the real expert in making & flipping them!

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We kept it simple – I doused mine in sugar & cinnamon & freshly squeezed lemon juice (served with some fresh berries) – while HIM ate his lathered in nutella or caramel or maple syrup (he basically ate one of each).

They were delicious and I can honestly say, easy to make… so this might easily become a Sunday evening tradition in the future!

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Pancakes

100g flour
pinch of salt
2 eggs
300ml milk
1 Tablespoon oil

  • Sift the flour with a pinch of salt
  • Make a well in the centre and break in the eggs
  • Add a little of the milk & oil
  • Whisk from the centre, gradually incorporating the flour until you get a thick paste
  • Add the rest of the milk and continue to whisk until you get a smooth consistency
  • Rest for 20minutes
  • Using a soup ladle – add the liquid to a non-stick frying pan – tilting the pan to ensure that you get an even round layer
  • cook for 30seconds and then flip up
  • cook for a further 30seconds

Mmm – enjoy!

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Banana and blueberry pancakes

Remember how I told you last week that we had an absolute glut of ripe bananas? And how I had doubled the recipe of banana & raspberry muffins to take to the office? Well – there were still ripe bananas….

I really wasn’t in the mood to bake more muffins … not in the same week… so I did a bit of googlebox searching and found this easy peasy (lemon squeezy) recipe on the Taste of Home website for banana & blueberry pancakes.

it makes enough batter for about 4 people for breakfast (I had 2 pancakes, HIM had 4… and there was still enough batter to make another 4 or more pancakes). This is definitely a recipe that I would make again… and again…

Banana & Blueberry pancakes

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1 ½ cups flour

2 tablespoons sugar

2 teaspoons baking powder

½ teaspoon salt

1 egg, lightly beaten

1 cup milk

3 ripe bananas, mashed

1 teaspoon vanilla

Blueberries

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  • Place flour, sugar, baking powder & salt into a large bowl.
  • In a separate bowl, beat the egg
  • Add milk, mashed banana & vanilla to the egg mixture
  • Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients
  • banana blueberry pancakes mix
  • Heat a non-stick frying pan
  • Place a ladle full of batter into hot pan and sprinkle with blueberries
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  • When bubbles start to form – flip the pancake over to cook other side until golden brown
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Breakfast in Bed Banana pancakes

Breakfast in Bed…

Such a treat isn’t it…

Especially in the current set of circumstances, when most people don’t even have time to EAT breakfast, let alone make it and take it back to bed (with or without a significant other!)… which is why this kind of zippy fast breakfast treat is a wonderful recipe for weekend bliss!

One particular weekend morning – when I couldn’t sleep past 8am… and HIM was still snoozing away… I snuck down the stairs, did some emails, surfed the world-wide web… and then stared at the fruit bowl… or should I rather say “fruit bowlS”… as we had just purchased enough fruit to keep a little Island well fed…

But sadly, we never get to enjoy every single piece of fruit when it is at its perfect ripeness… and now we had 2 lonely banana’s whose skins were starting to get a bit blotchy….

Thankfully – I had found the recipe from the BBC Good Food Magazine (January 2013 issue) offering a *lazy brunch* kind of recipe. I omitted the crispy bacon – and decided that a few teaspoons of sugar mixed with cinnamon – along with a good lashing of maple syrup would be more than sufficient! I also swapped out the butter for some canola oil…

This is definitely a recipe that I would make again … it makes about 12-14 saucer sized pancakes and also keeps well for the next days lunchbox!!

Banana Pancakes

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140g self-raising flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

2 teaspoons sugar

2 ripe bananas

2 eggs

125ml milk

1 tablespoon of oil

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  • Mix flour, baking powder and sugar with a pinch of salt
  • banana pancakes dry
  • Slice one banana and mash the other
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  • Add the mashed banana, eggs, oil and milk to the dry mix
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  • Whisk to make a smooth batter
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  • Heat up a non-stick frying pan
  • Spoon in batter, leaving space between each one
  • Place 2 or 3 pieces of sliced banana on top of each one
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  • When the pancake starts to bubble – flip it over! (you may need to do this in batches!)
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