I love pancakes all year round but at Christmas I go all out on shapes and decorating. To make the festive shapes you need metal cookie cutters. The plastic ones will melt in the pan. If you don’t have any cutters you can still make the most adorable reindeer pancakes with just a strawberry and a few chocolate chips. I don’t add any sugar to the batter because they get covered in sweet so they really don’t need any more sugar. Simple foods like this can make memories that last a lifetime. I doubt the kids will remember the taste but I hope they’ll remember that sticking decorations on pancakes with Nutella was great fun.
Serves 2 Adults & 2-3 Kids
180g self raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 tbsps plain or greek yoghurt
(if you don’t have yoghurt use 200ml of milk instead of 150ml)
- Tip the flour into a mixing bowl then whisk in the baking powder and salt.
- Use a fork to mix the yoghurt into the milk.
- Whisk the eggs into the flour then gradually loosen the mixture by adding the milk a bit at a time (I do 3 lots of adding the milk). Whisk until you have a smooth batter.
- Pour the mixture into a jug.
- Heat one or two non-stick frying pans on a medium heat and get them hot before you cook your first pancakes.
- Oil your cookie cutter on the inside with vegetable oil then place in the frying pan (oil the pan as well if it isn’t non-stick). Pour the batter half way up the cutter (hold the cutter down in the pan for a few seconds if batter is leaking out of the bottom).
- If you don’t have cookie cutters simply pour the batter into the pan and make reindeer heads and baubles that can be decorated.
- When the batter bubbles on top, turn it over and cook for a minute or two before removing from the pan. Let the cutter shapes rest for a minute before popping the pancake out.
- Keep warm in the oven until all your pancakes are done then decorate at will!
- I give the kids chocolate chips, strawberry pieces, blueberries and baking decorations to decorate their pancakes then put Nutella and whipped cream on the table so they can stick the decorations on.