Christmas breakfast idea : baked pancake with maple bacon, walnuts and cranberries.
So a few months back, I was lucky enough to be invited to a weekend away in Norfolk. 5 adults and 7 kids all cosied up in the most gorgeous cottage you can imagine, for a couple of nights. What a treat, to go somewhere where I could just relax and have fun. And there were bunk beds too, for the kids. Perfect.
Hard as it was to tear ourselves away from our lovely cottage, the call of the nearby sea (with a SANDY beach peeps, none of these pebbles) meant we spent a large part of the weekend, covered in sand, along with building sand castles, hiding in sand dunes, playing tag, creating treasure maps, searching for pirates, digging huge holes just because and swimming (for the kiddoes at least).
I decided to treat all the kiddoes to baked pancakes for breakfast on the final day. Woke up early to get everything ready only to discover that there was no milk. Cue panicked driving to the ‘not so’ nearest town with a shop to find some milk. Let just say there was some banging on a not yet open shop, and weird gestures trying to sign a word for milk through the door, at the rather unimpressed shop lady.
Finally I got back, and stuck right in to making the pancakes only to discover that there was not a single scale or measuring cup in the entire cottage. The only thing I could find was a milk jug with pint measurements. So, yes you guessed it, cue 10 simultaneous Facebook message to all my blogger friends – aka who is up, and who can convert flour measurement into pints as I need to serve 7 hungry children’s breakfast and I need to serve them now’. 10 mins later I had my answers. Disaster averted. Pancake eaten. More pancake made and that eaten. Everyone happy.
Adults had a baked pancake along with some spoiltpig bacon cooked in maple syrup with cranberries and walnuts. And they turned out to be as bad as the children, if not worse. “Is there any more?” “Are you sure it isn’t too much trouble for you to make more?” “This is good, I’ve just taken the last piece, still it is easy to make more, isn’t it”
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Baked Pancake With Maple Bacon, Walnut And Cranberries
- 70 g (2.5oz) plain flour
- 120 ml (0.5 cup) milk
- 3 eggs
- A pinch of salt
- 0.5 tsp olive oil
- 5 slices of bacon I used spoiltpig bacon, diced
- 4 tbsp chopped walnuts
- 3 tbsp Honey
- 3 tbsp cranberries
- 1 tsp orange zest
- Preheat oven to fan-assisted 190C / 210C / 425F / gas 7.
- Add the flour, milk, eggs and salt into a bowl and whiz with a hand mixer into a batter
- Transfer the batter into an oiled skillet and bake for 20 mins until the pancake is golden and puffed.
- Make the maple bacon with walnuts and cranberries:
- Heat the olive oil in a frying pan and cook the bacon until done.
- Add in the chopped walnuts, honey, cranberries and orange zest and cook for 15 secs.
- Slice the pancake into portions and top each portion with the maple bacon, walnut and cranberry mix, and serve.
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