The Sykes Cottages office is a buzz with conversation, as we can’t stop talking about Pancake Day! Which toppings we’ll be having, the best flipping technique (it’s all in the wrists) and of course how many scrumptious pancakes we can consume. Children love pancakes, whether they’re sweet and sticky or warm and savoury so here at Sykes Cottages we have decided to share with you our favourite pancake recipes for kids, in hopes that you’ll be joining in on the Pancake Day celebrations. Keep reading for two mouth-watering recipes including both traditional crepes and American style pancakes.
For a lunch time treat try making the children our delicious savoury ham and cheese pancakes. When paired with a healthy salad this combo is sure to impress children and adults alike as a fun alternative to the common sandwich. The following recipe takes less than 30 minutes to complete and will serve 2 -3 hungry mouths.
- Ingredients for the pancakes
- 55g plain flour
- 140ml milk
- 1 egg
- Oil for frying
- A pinch of salt
- Ingredients for the cheese sauce
- 25g plain flour
- 225ml milk
- 100g Emmental, grated
- 25g butter
- Black pepper, to taste
- Ingredients to top
- 80g/3oz of smoked ham
- 3 spring onions, finely sliced
- For the pancake mix, sift both the flour and salt into a large bowl leaving a well in the middle.
- In a separate bowl mix together the egg and milk.
- Slowly add the mixed egg and milk to the well in the flour and whisk together until the batter is smooth (set to one side).
- For the cheese sauce start by melting the butter in a small pan, once the butter has melted whisk in the flour.
- Leave the mixture to cook for 1 minute, then gradually add the milk whilst consistently stirring. Bring the ingredients to the boil before reducing the heat to a light simmer for 1 minute until the sauce is smooth and thick.
- Stir in half of the cheese and season to taste with black pepper.
- Back to the pancake mix; Pre-heat an omelette pan until very hot and add a small amount of oil. Ladle in around 2 tablespoons of pancake mix and tilt the pan from side to side until the mix covers the pan in a smooth thin layer. Cook for 30 seconds before flipping.
- When the pancakes are turned scatter the ham and spring onions on top of the mix. Spoon over some cheese sauce and top with a sprinkling of the remaining cheese.
- Your pancake is now ready for serving! Fold the pancake in half and slide out of the pan onto a waiting plate ready for greedy hands to get tucked in.
For an extra special breakfast which will set the kids up with bags of energy for the day ahead, try treating them to our banana and blueberry pancakes. These delicious American style pancakes are not only healthy but fun too as the left over fruit is perfect for making funny faces! Our American style pancake recipe will serve 4 people and takes around 40 minutes to make.
- 200g plain flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 200ml of semi-skinned milk
- 130g Greek or plain yoghurt
- 55g butter, melted
- 2 tbsp caster sugar
- 1tsp vanilla extract
- 2 eggs
- 1 banana, mashed
- 100g blueberries
- Oil for frying
- A pinch of Salt
- Extra blueberries to decorate
- 1 banana, sliced to decorate
- Maple syrup to drizzle
- Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt before stirring in the sugar, leaving a well in the middle.
- In a separate blow whisk together the yoghurt, vanilla extract, eggs and mashed banana, then slowly whisk in the milk.
- Slowly add the yoghurt mixture to the flour whilst whisking, when mixed add the melted butter and blueberries stirring all together.
- Pre-heat an omelette pan until very hot and add a small amount of oil. Add 1 tablespoon of batter in to the pan (you should have enough room to cook 3 pancakes at a time).
- Fry at a medium heat until little bubbles start to rise on the surface, once this happens turn the pancakes over until the same happens on the other side.
- When the pancakes are cooked through slide them onto a waiting plate and have the children decorate with blueberries, chopped bananas and maple syrup.
We hope that these delicious sweet and savoury recipes have inspired you to try your hand at flipping a few crepes this pancake day! Just remember safety first; be sure to wear your apron and keep the children back when the pancakes start flying as what goes up must come down!