With Shrove Tuesday on February 28th your kids are bound to want pancakes for dinner, if not help to make them!
Pancakes are a lovely recipe for kids of all ages as there are many different tasks each age group can get stuck in to! Just prepare for some mess and for some sticky ceilings!
Keep the batter for your pancakes ridiculously simple so that older children can help measure the ingredients! Try 140g of plain flour, 4 eggs and 200ml of milk for 12 pancakes.
Once your pancake batters are made, the options of what you can fill them with are endless! Here are some of our favourites!
For your child’s sweet-tooth (and your own!) why not try a pancake with chocolate and banana. Just gently fold in the banana and chocolate chips into the mixture. You could also add pecan nuts or make blueberry pancakes using the same method.
You might also like to make sweet toppings to cover your plain pancakes. This way everyone can choose what they would like on their pancake! For example, you could try this really easy Peach syrup with just 5 ingredients. Just combine 4 medium peaches pealed and pitted, ¼ cup of sugar, 1 pinch of cinnamon, 1 tablespoon of unsalted butter and ¾ cup of water in a saucepan set over medium-high heat and bring it to boil. Leave it to simmer for 8 minutes for the perfect sauce.
Alternatively use the same method but with the following ingredients to make the perfect cinnamon syrup - 1 cup packed light brown sugar, 1 cup water, ½ teaspoon cinnamon and a squeeze of lemon juice.
Melted chocolate, sugar and lemon juice, berries and yoghurt also make simpler toppings. Place all of your toppings on the table and let your little ones choose what they would like to put on the top of their pancakes!
Alternatively, why not try a savoury pancake for dinner. Why stick to lemon and sugar when you can be even more adventurous and have a ham and cheese pancake! All you need to do is add some chopped up ham, onions and sundried tomatoes to the pancakes in the pan after one side has turned golden brown. Then spoon over some cheese sauce (made from 5g of butter, 25g of plain flour, 225ml of milk and 100g of grated cheese for 2-3 pancakes) and top with a scattering of some more cheese.
Rather than the ham, you could add mini pepperoni, sausage and pizza spice mix to the top of the pancake and mozzarella for the cheese to make a pancake pizza!
If you are feeling particularly adventurous you could attempt to make shapes out of your pancakes! To more easily guide your pancake mix why not use a recycled and cleaned ketchup bottle rather than a spoon. It is the ideal solution to help you draw initials and shapes.
Alternatively, you could use fruit to make faces on them! Your kids will love their pancakes even more if they also look like their favourite animal!
Whatever you plan to do this Pancake Day, have a great time and enjoy it with your little ones!