May 18, 2012

Oatmeal Pancakes with Fresh Strawberries

Pancakes. Pancakes=American Nostalgia. Round fluffy bundles of joy. I associate pancakes with breakfast time. Not my personal breakfast but that of Americans. They have it good State side don't they? Maybe I speak for just my family but pancakes were never a staple in our household, certainly not a breakfast staple! We had pancakes once a year- Shrove Tuesday a.k.a  Pancake Tuesday. These pancakes were more crêpe like in style, rather than  the small fat American ones.  

When I think of pancakes I think of a squishy Grandma (add Texas accent) cooking for her grandchildren or a busy New York Diner with pancakes the size of your face. I see them as a luxury! 

 Pancakes don't  seem to be part of our culture. We're all about soda farls and potatoes cakes! Good ole Irish.

I must admit, pancakes every once and a while are most definitely a desirable treat. They make for a yummy breakfast. They are cheap, easy and simple to make. The batter can be made the night before and there are endless varieties. You can't really go wrong with making pancakes. What's awesome about them is, you can make up a plain pancake batter and add all sorts to it: chocolate chips, sliced bananas, granola and fresh berries. I decided to add some oatmeal and the beans from a vanilla pod. You could opt to leave out the vanilla and/or oatmeal and add some fruit. It is totally up to you. Make a smorgasbord of pancakes! 

Feel free to top them with whatever gets you going! Lemon curd, Nutella, fresh fruit, bacon, maple syrup, sugar, jam, the opportunities are endless!

I can see these in your future...this coming weekend to be precise!


Holly x

2 eggs whisked with 300ml milk and beans from 1 vanilla pod. 300g self-raising flour, 5 tablespoons caster sugar, 2 handfuls oatmeal...

...all whisked together to a lovely batter!

Dollop in tablespoons of the batter, cook on one side until bubbles appear, flip and cook for 1 minute on the other side. 

Recipe, serves 4-6

300g Self Raising Flour
5 Tablespoons Caster Sugar
2 Handfuls Oatmeal
Pinch of Salt
2 Eggs
300ml Milk
1 Vanilla Pod, beans scraped out
50g Butter
Icing Sugar
Punnet of Strawberries, hulled and halved

In a measuring jug, measure out the milk.
Break in the eggs and whisk together with the vanilla beans.
In a bowl, mix together the flour, salt, sugar and oatmeal.
Add the wet mix to the dry mix and whisk until smooth. 
Heat a frying pan.
Place the butter in the microwave and melt.
Once the pan is hot, using the melted butter and a pastry brush, brush the pan with a little butter.
Dollop in tablespoons of the batter, cook for 2 minutes on one side or until bubbles appear, flip and cook for 1 minute on the other side. 
Repeat until all the batter is gone. 
Stack the pancakes on a baking tray and keep warm in an oven while you clean up and make a fresh pot of coffee! 

To Serve

Stack the pancakes on a plate, top with a mound of strawberries and a light dusting of icing sugar.

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