I love breakfast, I love Lunch, I Love Dinner. Brunch, is that happy place between breakfast-Lunch 🙂 We don’t celebrate enough in Ireland. When I lived in Abu Dhabi and America, we all lived for Sunday Brunch, generally because we were hungover!!!! Today, I want to share my recipe for fluffy American Pancakes with all the tasty extras on the side. I whipped them this morning to try it out and it is fool proof. Brunch is great for shift-workers too who are looking for breakfast at lunchtime 🙂
For the pancakes: What you’ll need (Serves 3-4);
1 cup of self raising flour
2 Tbsp. of caster sugar
1/2 Tsp. Salt
1 Tsp. Baking Powder
130 ml of milk
1 egg (lightly beaten)
2 Tbsp. Butter (melted)
Add all dry ingredients to a bowl. I like to sift the flour to make the pancakes even more fluffy. In a separate bowl add the wet ingredients, lightly whisk together. Then, add all the wet ingredients to the dry and mix together till you get a light batter (with no lumps!). Allow to sit for a few minutes so the baking powder and self-raising flour can get to work. Heat a frying pan on medium-high and add fry-lite or butter (I use fry-lite). Pour a ladle of mixture onto pan and when you see it start to bubble on the side facing you it is time to flip it. I make mini pancakes and I usually fit two on the pan at a time. Keep the pancakes warm in the oven until you are ready to serve.
For all the fun extra. What you’ll need:
1 cup Frozen Mixed Berries
1 Tbsp. Caster Sugar
1 Tbsp. Butter
1/4 cup of water
Get a small frying pan and a pot on the go, on a medium heat. In the pot place the frozen berries and caster sugar, add water (about 1/4 Cup). Stir the berries intermittently as they break down and caramelise into a lovely coulis. Usually takes about ten minutes. taste it and see if you wish to add more sugar. At the same time you add the butter to the frying pan and slice the bananas length ways and just let them brown in the butter.
Get it together: Stack the pancakes, sit the buttered bananas proudly beside them, serve the coulis in a shot glass and drizzle on top as desired. Add some fresh berries to the top of the pancakes and squeeze the maple syrup all over them.
This recipe can be substituted with plain flour and lemon zest to make pancakes/crepes for Pancake Tuesday ( I think that is coming up soon).Just spread the batter out on the pan more to get a thinner pancake. You can always add Nutella, bacon, caramelised apples and everything that makes you Sunday brunch work for you.
Enjoy, surprise someone this morning with brunch in bed 🙂