It’s easy for us to head to the ‘hood during the weekends and just enjoy a nice cuppa with some simple breakfast with the Bub. But last weekend, I was feeling under the weather, so instead of heading out, I was inspired to make some pancakes for the Bub using a new Mickey Mouse Silicone Pancake Ring that I just got online.
So I went online, found a relatively simple recipe that I adapted and viola, 30 minutes later, we had piping hot pancakes in the shape of Mickey Mouse on the table.
The Bub took a stab at those pancakes which were indeed very light and fluffy and ate a couple of bites off her pancake. She’s kinda picky when it comes to breakfast food with little love for waffles, pancakes, french toast and hot cakes. Sigh, one day perhaps she will learn to love them. For now, I take those few bites as baby steps and validation that she would even eat them.
Simple Fluffy Pancakes (Toddler-approved and Daddy-approved)
- 1 cup self-raising flour (we love using self-raising flour as it really does make the pancake rise, you can omit using baking powder if self-raising flour is used)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons of caster sugar
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- 2 tablespoons of unsalted melted butter (we didn’t have this, so we swapped for 2 tablespoons of olive oil)
- Olive oil/ butter for cooking
- Sift the flour, salt and caster sugar into a large bowl. In a separate bow, lightly whisk together the milk and egg, then whisk in butter/ oil.
- Pour the milk mixture into the flour mixture and, using the fork, beat until you have a smooth batter. Any lumps will soon disappear with a little mixing. Let the batter stand for a few minutes.
- Heat a non-stick frying pan over medium heat and add a knob of butter. When it’s melted, add a ladle of batter or two if frying pan is large enough (we used about 2 ladles of batter to fit into our Mickey mould). It will seem very thick but this is how it should be. Wait until the top of the pancake start to bubble, then turn it over and cook until both sides are golden brown and pancake has risen to about 1cm thick.
Note: use really low heat / fire to cook the pancakes. Our first 2 pancakes were slightly burnt because I hadn’t expected it to cook so fast. Thereafter, lesson learned and the rest of the pancakes looked much better (to be eaten, of course).
To serve, pour maple syrup over pancakes or we served it some jam as well was blueberries for the Bub, just the way she liked it.