Baked Blueberry Pancake

We often freeze fresh berries when we have a few left over that would otherwise spoil. This is great way to use them up in a ‘store-cupboard’ pancake; a serious breakfast crowd-pleaser.

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Ingredients:

  • 3 Eggs
  • 250ml Milk
  • 125g Self-raising flour
  • 50g Caster sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 25g Butter
  • 175g Blueberries (or other berries)
  • 1 tbsp Maple syrup
  • Icing sugar to dust
  • Crème fraîche to serve

Method:

Pre-heat the oven to 220°C (200°C fan). In a small pan, slowly cook down 100g of berries with the maple syrup to make a sauce.

For the pancake, whisk the eggs, vanilla and milk together. Sift in the flour and add the sugar. Mix to make a batter.

Pop a 23cm cake tin or pan into the oven with the butter. Once the butter has melted, pour in the pancake mix and scatter over the remaining berries.

Bake for 15 minutes until beautifully golden,

Dust with icing sugar and serve, topped with the blueberry sauce and crème fraîche.

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It can be a challenge to remove the baked pancake from the tin – I’ve found that a springform tin works well as long as you can get a good seal. Otherwise, you can always serve it straight from the tin.

You can make smaller individual ones too – just reduce the cooking time a little.

 

 

 

As always, recipes are merely guides – feel free to experiment, mix it up and swap out ingredients depending on what you have and how you’re feeling. 

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Valentines

February Challenge #1 for Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution Ambassadors: Cook for loved ones this Valentine’s day.

Easy!  That was always going to happen.

Our morning started with a little surprise for the children at breakfast with homemade cards and a chocolate heart treat – it was the weekend after all.

Chocolate Heart treats

Breakfast was a baked blueberry sharing pancake which was rather predictable for us other than using a square tin.  Crème Fraîche is essential to cut through the sweetness. We always have the ingredients for this to hand as it’s mostly store cupboard staples and I also pop spare blueberries in the freezer before they turn.

Valentines Baked Blueberry Pancake

Eating Baked Blueberry Pancake for Valentines

Lunch comes around so quickly, especially following lazy mornings.  A bit of spare ham we roasted a few days back and a couple of mushrooms.. Oh what to make?

Thankfully, the friendly freezer contains all sorts of good stuff; homemade chicken stock, peas, broad beans, spinach etc. Combined with a little pasta, a potato, carrot, celery, onion, garlic and we’re away: Hearty Winter Minestrone.

Felix eating MinestroneNow onto the main event.  Felix has become obsessed with fish. Today he decided on a beautiful Plaice from the counter which we dusted in seasoned flour and fried in butter for a total of four minutes:

plaice: before and after

For us, it has to be steak for Valentines (or any other good excuse). Unfortunately we only had sirloin to hand, but at least it was excellent quality:

sirloin steak

A classic Prawn Cocktail spiced up with grated horseradish and Rose Harissa:

Classic Prawn Cocktail

A mushroom sauce, a tarragon dressing to smother the steak, deliciously crispy oven roasted chips, rocket and a bottle of Argentinian Malbec Bonarda:

Oven Baked Chips

steak dressingfresh rocket saladcreamy mushroom sauceArgentinian Malbec

Good honest food and the love of my life.  Bliss. Even if I did forget dessert.

Mrs Wifey on Valentines Day

Happy ‘Eating Nice Food’ Day. x