Friday, April 18

Letting your kids be independent cooks and fluffy blueberry pancakes!

All my girls love cooking, but my Eloise is really blossoming into a good little cook.  She's almost 10 now and can carry out most basic cooking techniques.  The helicopter parent in me has to restrain myself especially when it comes to the stove and knives but these are skills for life and it's better that she do it under supervision and my hands are behind my back... :)

Pancakes are a great first type of recipe that a child of 10 or so can execute from beginning to end on their own (with supervision of course!) - and there's hardly any kids I know (let alone parents) who don't like pancakes for breakfast.  We'll say that we had some grateful sisters, Mum, Dad and Gran who all loved their pancakes - thanks Eloise!

2 2/3 cups plain flour
1/4 cup caster sugar
2 1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp bicarb soda
2 eggs
600ml (1 pint) buttermilk (if you don't have any, put a drop of vinegar or lemon juice in 600ml of milk and leave to sit for 5 minutes before using)
2 tsp vanilla extract
75g butter, melted
1 cup frozen or fresh blueberries

In a large bowl sift flour, sugar, baking powder and bicarb soda.. Eloise loves to sift!

In a separate bowl add your buttermilk, eggs (if it's their first time with breaking eggs, have them break it into a mug first in case you get eggshells!) vanilla extract and melted butter

Give each bowl a good stir, then pour your wet ingredients into your dry...

You can use a whisk for 1 minute or stir for about 2-3 minutes to remove any lumps and make it smooth.

Add your blueberries and fold in gently so you keep the blueberries as whole as possible..

heat a small frypan and add some butter, I always set it up for Eloise at this stage, but I think she's probably ready to do it herself - put it at a tad under medium .  When the butter is sizzling, add a ladle full of mixture and spread it out a bit with the back of the ladle.

The tip with when to turn it over..?  One.. make sure the sides are a bit crisped up. .. Two, make sure those little 'air holes' on top are popped, expecially in the middle.  Push your egg-flip underneath and flick it over.

Serve up to your ravenous family with maple syrup (no need for extra butter) or honey.

Doesn't that look delicious!?  Maybe this is something you want to try for Easter breakfast?

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