Sooo, one of my favourite days of the year is coming up so soon and I can’t contain my excitement, can anyone guess?!
It’s Shrove Tuesday aka PANCAKE DAY!
Pancakes are so yummy and fun for anyone of any age, although not everyone can have pancake due to diet requirements!
So for most people to get involved I had a look around to see if I could find any fun, creative ideas for the kids and any substitutes for people who can’t have certain products!
For the kids! … Or the inner kid in you
PANCAKE POPS (Made with Natural Greek Yoghurt)
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon of sugar
- 1 teaspoon of baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon of salt
- 1/2 cup of fat-free plain Greek yogurt
- 1-2 tablespoons of milk, depending on the thickness of the yogurt you use
- 2 tablespoons of melted and cooled butter
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- Lollipop Sticks
(Makes around 20 Pancake Pops)
Start by melting your butter, preheating your electric non-stick griddle or frying pan, and having your lollipop sticks handy.
Now, let’s make the pancake batter.
Add flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt to a large bowl and whisk together. Then add non-fat plain Greek yogurt, melted and cooled butter, egg, and milk. Stir just until combined. You will have a very thick and creamy pancake batter.
Scoop out a heaping teaspoon of pancake batter.
Drop the pancake batter onto the hot frying pan.
Give the pancake about a minute to set up on the griddle side so the lollipop stick won’t go all the way through, then place the lollipop stick in the batter just shy of the top of the pancake. Press stick down and use your spoon to smooth out the valley in the batter, that way you will have pancakes that look perfect on both sides!
Space the rest of the pancake pops out, so you have room to add the sticks.
They cook really quickly since they are so small. About 4-5 minutes on the first side, and around 3 minutes on the second side. Once the edges start to dry out, they are ready to turn.
To flip the pancake pops use a small spatula to lift them up a bit, then you can use the lollipop stick to give them a quick turn. Be careful at this stage as the lollipop sticks may be quite warm!
There you have it, a hot and delicious perfectly cooked pancake pop.
Pile them up on a platter with fresh blueberries, strawberries, raspberries whatever you want or keep it traditional and add some maple syrup, and enjoy!
- 1 1⁄2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1⁄2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1 1⁄4 -1 1⁄2 pints of milk
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla (optional)
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
Optional ingredients to make your pancakes extra yummy…
- 1 small jar Nutella/Plain Chocolate Spread
- 1 pound fresh strawberries, washed, stems removed, sliced into 1/2 inch thick slices
- 2 large firm bananas, peeled and sliced into 1/2 inch thick rounds
- 4 wooden skewers broken in half or 8-12 medium appetiser skewers
To make this super easy idea start by pouring small dabs of batter onto a hot, lightly greased frying pan to achieve the size of about 1 1/2 inch diameter pancakes (about 3/4 tablespoon of batter per mini pancake).
Cook the mini pancakes for about a minute on each side or until lightly browned.
Once you have cooked your pancakes gather up your other yummy ingredients and start assembling your skewers. You'll want the pancakes, bananas, strawberries, Nutella, and kebab skewers for this and it’s up to you the order you choose so have fun with this!
GLUTEN FREE PANCAKES
Not only do these pancakes taste like pancakes made with wheat flour, they also have the same texture. If you’ve been looking for a great gluten free pancake recipe, look no further!
- 1 Cup gluten free plain flour
- 1 tbsp. white sugar
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 Cup of milk
- 2 tbsp. vegetable oil
- 1 egg
Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
In another bowl (I prefer a pouring mixing bowl) combine the wet ingredients.
Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and whisk together.
Pour about 1/4 cup of batter onto a greased pan (cooking spray) over medium heat and cook until bubbly. Flip and cook for another minute or so.
Spread butter or margarine onto each pancake.
Enjoy with your favourite maple syrup or honey.