Yesterday was my sister’s birthday and I wished her happy birthday with pancakes (see photo, above). It took me three tries to get it right. I envisioned the letters as looking a little tidier and, afterward, honestly felt like Hagrid when he gave Harry his birthday cake (though, no spelling mistakes, as my sister duly pointed out).
My sister’s blog is here, where she posts about her art (including behind the scenes/process posts, which are always fun). You might remember that she illustrated the chocolate cupcakes post from April. 😀
If you’d like to write a message on your pancakes, here’s how to do it. Unfortunately I didn’t take any photos of the process, but it’s fairly easy. No special equipment required.
First, make your pancake batter (I used this recipe – it’s become my family’s favourite) and have your pan ready. It should be hot, with some melted butter or coconut oil.
Put some of the batter into a small ziplock bag, seal it, and twist. Snip off a small opening at the corner and carefully pipe the letters on to the pan. (You could also use a pastry bag, a squeeze bottle, or a syringe – whatever works or is easier for you and what you have on hand.) Write the letters backwards, as they’ll be reversed when it’s time to flip the pancake.
Once your message is done, pour batter over the letters. Once the edges are dry and bubbles appear on the surface, flip pancake. Cook until the other side is browned, about 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer to a plate and serve!
Last Sunday my brother wanted pancakes. It was when I started looking for a recipe – starting here on my blog, of course – that I realized I did not have a basic or standard pancake recipe already posted, unless one can count these coconut flour pancakes. But I did not have coconut flour on hand. So, gathering what flours I did have on hand and scouring the Internet for gluten-free pancake recipes, I came up with these.
They were originally chocolate pancakes, with chocolate chips and strawberries, from With Style and Grace. I didn’t change much, except for leaving out the cocoa powder and not using either chocolate chips or strawberries. I added an extra egg, and also used honey. My Mum found a blackberry blossom honey and it is exquisite: it’s sweet like sugar and really lends itself to everything we’ve used it in (flognarde, especially chocolate sauce, and now these pancakes).
In short, these pancakes were a hit! They’re fluffy and don’t at all become tough as they cool. We ate them with butter and drizzled honey or jam spread on top. I needed to make a double recipe, in fact; while all the while that song from Matilda started to play in my head. (If you’ve seen the movie, I’m sure you know the one. One of my favourite scenes from the movie was with Matilda making pancakes.)
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April’s theme for Go Ahead Honey, It’s Gluten-Free! (a blogging event created by Naomi Devlin of Straight Into Bed Cakefree and Dried) was about food inspired by your favourite children’s book and we had an excellent turn out of inspired and delightful recipes.
This was such a fun theme that I’d love to do it again. While there were some books and stories I was familiar with, there were a couple that I wasn’t – or hadn’t heard of before at all! Plus, it was an exciting way to learn about different cultures and a great way to get kids involved in the kitchen (more than a couple of those who participated are parents of young children).
Click after the jump to see the full round-up!
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