Gingerbread Pancakes


Pancakes really are the breakfast of champions. When it's cold outside and your bed is just too darn cosy to leave sometimes pancakes are the only thing to lure you out and into the world.  This gingerbread variation is just perfect for those crisp autumnal mornings, so brew up a fresh cup of your favorite coffee and enjoy.  Bacon, of course, is optional but highly recommended!

Gingerbread Pancakes
(from Lorraine Pascale - Fresh & Easy Food)

225g self raising flour
3 tbsp soft light brown sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp ground ginger
pinch salt
 ½ tsp vanilla extract
300ml milk
1 medium free-range egg
4 tbsp sunflower oil
8 rashers of bacon

Preheat the oven to 110C (this will be to keep the pancakes warm as they are cooked in batches).

Put the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger and salt into a large bowl, give them a quick mix and make a well in the centre. Add the vanilla extract to the milk then gradually pour it in bit by bit, stirring all the time to give a smooth mixture. Then beat the egg in well and set aside.

Put a drizzle of oil into a large frying pan on a medium heat and cook the bacon on each side until nice and crisp. Then remove with tongs and drain on kitchen paper. Keep the ham warm in the oven until ready to serve.

Leave the pan on the heat, but reduce the heat to low and add a little bit more oil if need be. Then spoon in four dollops of the pancake mix. Leave to cook for about 1-2 minutes until golden, then flip them over and cook for another 1-2 minutes. Slide them onto a baking tray and put in the oven to keep warm. Then, repeat with the remaining mix to make about 12

Once you have made all of the pancakes, divide them between four plates. Top with crispy bacon and then drizzle with maple syrup

Holidays are coming

I was recently contacted by Dotcomgiftshop asking to detail the best or worst Christmas gift I've ever received.  Normally I don't bother with posts like this, preferring to focus on food, but I'd like to take this opportunity to shame my naughty mother.

Since moving out of my mothers home seven years ago the thing I miss the most (other than freshly washed and ironed clothes) is Christmas morning.  Every morning I'd get up, pop my special Christmas morning PJs on, grab my stocking and shuffle into my little brothers room.  There I'd plop myself on the floor where myself and the boys would munch our way though our sweetie filled stockings while watching early morning Christmas cartoons until it was appropriate to descend upon the present filled living room.  Since moving out, my lovely family have kept this tradition going. I still drive over at 7am in my PJs, help myself to a stocking hung on my old bedroom door and awaken the boys for Robbie the Reindeer. You'd never believe I'm in my late (cough) twenties, would you..

One year everything happened as usual and we all descended the stairs quickly before launching into our gift wrapped wonderland.  As I was attacking my way through my presents I happened upon a large heavy package, I wonder what this could be I pondered.  I tore away the brightly coloured wrapping revealing the Desperate Housewives board game.  Now, I have never watched this show before in my life and my mother could not be further from a Desperate Housewives fan.  Confused I turned to her and held up the game with a raised eyebrow.  My mothers face went bright red as she tried to stifle her giggles.  After she calmed down and wiped the tears of laughter from her eyes she confessed she received the game from her secret santa at work and thought she could pass it off as an extra gift. 

Desperate Housewives is still a bit of a running joke in our home at Christmas.  I may even wrap up a copy of the DVD for an extra special mammy this year ;)
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