Why would you have a bowl of cereal for breakfast when you can have a plate of some delicious pancakes! Is there a better way to start the day? I've topped mine with a blueberry compote and greek yoghurt sprinkled with toasted almonds and drizzled with honey. They are so easy to make with ingredients I am pretty sure you have in your cupboard right now! If you don't have buttermilk, you can easily make your own by using milk and lemon juice. If you mix 250g of milk with 2 tbsp. lemon juice and then let it sit for 5 minutes, and voila! You have buttermilk!
Pancakes are such a great base for so many flavours, you can be creative with what you put on them! Here are some ideas for you:
Blueberry Compote, Honey, Toasted Almonds and Greek yoghurt
Nutella, Bananas and Toasted Hazelnuts
Fresh Raspberries, Creme fraiche and Maple syrup
Strawberries, whole nut Peanut butter and Honey
Mixed berry compote, Fresh Berries and Toasted Coconut
Serves 4 people with 3 pancakes each or 2 people with 6 pancakes each
For the pancakes:
45g melted butter
1/2 tsp. Salt
2 tsp. Baking Powder
1 tsp. Bicarbonate of Soda
280g Plain Flour
For the compote:
1. Firstly make the compote. In a pan, place the blueberries and sugar in a pan, add a splash of water to help dissolve the sugar slightly. Bring to the boil and then reduce to a simmer. The blueberries should burst and it will start to thicken, this is when it is ready. Leave on the side until ready to serve.
2. Now for the pancakes! In a jug, mix together the eggs, melted butter and buttermilk.
3. In a bowl, place the flour, sugar, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt. Pour the egg and buttermilk mixture into the flour and whisk together. Make sure not to over whisk, only until just combined!
4. Get a non-stick frying pan, grease with butter and place on a medium heat. Using a small ladle, spoon a portion of the batter into the pan spreading out slightly into a circle. You should hear a slight sizzle when you add the batter, if it is too loud, the temperature of the pan is too hot. I always do a test pancake to get the right temperature. It takes around 45 seconds to cook on each side. they should be a lovely golden brown.
5. Cook your pancakes one by one unless you have a massive pan and hob as you won't be able to cook them evenly. I recommend having a heated plate in the oven to put your cooked pancakes on, so that they don't lose their heat.
6. Place your pancakes on a plate and add your toppings as you wish!