One of my favourite times of the week is Saturday and Sunday mornings, when the husband takes over the kitchen. He has a knack for making a mean breakfast and if we have time, he likes to get creative with his presentation – all in the name of having a laugh, not because he thinks he’s missed his vocation in life as a Michelin star chef.
My favourite breakfast, a la Mr Lynch, is his homemade Blueberry American-Style Pancakes, which often come decorated in a variety of fruits and always with coffee and orange juice. It’s a basic recipe which I’m sure he found online, but he’s perfected it over the months so I thought I’d share the joy right here in the form of some pancake porn and the recipe!
Pancakes (makes 4 pancakes):
- 200g self raising flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 egg
- 300ml milk
- Pinch of salt (optional)
- Knob of butter
- Blueberries (optional)
Toppings (all optional):
- Natural yoghurt
- Maple syrup
- Any kind of fruit (try warming your berries or peaches in a pan with some Mixed Spice until they go soft and a bit caramelised)
- Seive the flour and baking powder into bowl, adding the salt if you choose
- Pour the milk into a bowl and whisk in the egg, then pour into flour mix and whisk all together until you have a smooth batter
- If adding blueberries, throw them in now and stir through the batter
- Melt a knob of butter in a frying pan, then pour out any excess butter to use later – you just want a light coating on the pan to stop the batter sticking
- Add a ladle of the pancake mix into the pan – we go for a depth of around 1cm but it depends how big your pan is (you might want to go thinner and larger in a bigger pan)
- Cook for approx 2 minutes on a medium heat on each side, when you start to see bubbles coming through you know it’s cooked and it should be a golden brown shade
- Remove from the heat and put aside on a plate while you cook the rest of your pancakes until the batter runs out
- For our toppings, we always add a little maple syrup and a little natural yoghurt, often over some warmed fruit or bananas, all of which go perfectly with pancakes and blueberries.
Give them a try and let me know what you top them with, anything goes!!