Hooray it’s Pancake Day, so we are sharing easy pancake recipes for children and unusual topping ideas they might like to try.
Traditionally Pancake Day (Shrove Tuesday) was the day to use up all your eggs and fats before the beginning of Lent on Ash Wednesday. Also traditionally, (or often?) pancakes are served with sugar, lemon juice and maybe a few sultanas. But pancakes are so versatile, they can be served with just about any topping.
We hope the ideas below inspire children to experiment with their own concoctions and have lots of delicious fun in the kitchen!
Basic pancake recipe
To save you looking up a recipe here’s one that makes 8 pancakes:
You will need:
Pinch of salt
1 tbsp oil
To make a pancake:
- Sift flour and salt into a bowl.
- Add the egg and half of the milk.
- Beat into a smooth batter.
- Coat the base of a frying pan lightly with oil and place on a medium heat.
- When the oil is warm pour about 3 tbsp of the batter mix into the frying pan.
- Tilt the pan until the bottom is covered in batter.
- When the pancake moves freely flip it over.
- Cook until golden.
Terrific topping ideas
Here are some pancake topping ideas to get your child started. Can they mix and match the ingredients here to invent toppings of their own?
Spread apple sauce onto a pancake. Top with a few thin slices of apple sprinkled with crumble mixture.
To make crumble mixture you need 175g plain flour, 75g butter and 50g caster sugar.
Sift the flour into a bowl. Rub butter and sugar into the flour with your fingers until it looks like breadcrumbs. Lightly press the crumble into a buttered ovenproof dish and place under a medium grill. Cook until golden. Once the crumble has cooled slightly it is ready to sprinkle onto your pancakes.
Toast some nuts (almonds, cashews, hazelnuts, pecans, walnuts – anything you have in the cupboard) for 1-2 minutes. Top your pancake with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream and sprinkle with a handful of nuts.
Herb and crunch
Smash up a Crunchie bar (you could place it under a clean tea towel and bash it with a rolling pin). Sprinkle the Crunchie over your pancake with a drizzle of honey, a pinch of salt and a pinch of rosemary.
Jam and peanut butter
Jam – any flavour – goes perfectly with pancakes. Spread it on, mix and match different flavoured jams if you like, and enjoy.
If you are a fan of peanut butter spread some onto your pancake before the jam. A quick tip: peanut butter can be difficult to spread, so put a few spoonfuls into a bowl and microwave it for a couple of seconds.
Sprinkle a pancake with crushed shortbread, broken chocolate (such as a Flake) and a drizzle of tinned caramel sauce. Easy!
Top your pancakes with a mixture of berries – or just one type. You could have blueberries, cranberries, raspberries and/or strawberries. Drizzle with honey, golden syrup or maple syrup. Top with whipped cream or crème fraiche.
Make a stack of coloured pancakes. To do this, cook pancakes in the usual way but add a drop or two of food colouring to the batter mix.
Stack the pancakes into a giant sandwich by spreading chocolate spread or syrup between each one.
You could make your own salted caramel sauce, but be careful as it gets extremely hot. Children must only make this sauce under supervision. Tinned caramel sauce is a safer alternative.
Drizzle caramel sauce over your pancakes and top with vanilla ice-cream and salted pretzels.
This is great fun as basically you make a pancake look like a pizza.
Use strawberry jam for the tomato base and desiccated coconut for grated cheese. Then add little pineapple chunks, black grapes (for olives), pink mini marshmallows (for ham chunks), and white marshmallows (for mozzarella cheese).
Has your child got any more ideas? Their imagination is the limit…
If your child prefers savoury food, they could use actual pizza toppings on their pancake.
Start by spreading the pancake with tomato puree and sprinkling with grated cheese. Then add toppings such as pepperoni, olives, tomato slices, peppers, anchovies and tuna etc.
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