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3 new ways with pancakes

Everybody loves pancakes, but you don’t have to stick to round circles. Delight the kids (and the big kids!) this weekend and get creative with these super-special pancake treats.

Basic Pancake Batter

1.5 cups milk
1 egg
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups self-raising flour
¼ teaspoon bi-carb soda
1/3 cup caster sugar
25g butter, melted

Directions: Whisk milk, egg and vanilla together in a jug. Sift flour &  bi-carb soda into a bowl. Stir in sugar. Make a well in the centre. Add milk mixture. Whisk until just combined.

1. Pancake Pops

You’ll need:
* Basic Pancake Batter (as above)
* Paddlepop or plastic pop sticks
(try craft stores)

Heat a non-stick pan over medium  heat. Drop teaspoonfuls of batter on to the preheated surface. Lay the sticks halfway into the centre of each pancake and smooth batter over. (Be careful if you’re using plastic sticks not to melt them!)
Turn after a minute or two then cook on the other side until cooked through. Serve with maple syrup.

2. Pancake Faces

You’ll need:
* Basic Pancake Batter (as above)
* Strawberries, banana, jam or whipped cream, bacon etc.

Pre-heat a non-stick pan over medium heat. Drizzle pancake batter in the shape of eyes, mouth, hair or other features and let it cook for a little bit. Then pour more batter over the top to form the “Face”. When you turn it over, the mouth/eyes etc will be just a little bit more browned than the rest of the face, so they will stand out. You could also create a ‘face’ on a normal pancake using banana slices, strawberries, blobs of jam or whipped cream.

3. Choc-chip Pancake Muffins

You’ll need:
* Basic Pancake Batter
* ½ cup chocolate chips

Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees C. Grease a muffin tin really well (they tend to stick). Add chocolate chips to your pancake batter and ladle mixture into the tins, leaving a little room at the top. Bake for around 15 minutes, or until a skewer comes out clean. Remove from oven and remove from cake tin as soon as they are cool enough to handle, allowing to cool completely upside down on a wooden board or clean towel. Spread with Nutella for ‘icing’ if desired.

Download the recipes as a pdf here