Childlike Cakes from the Pan

September 18, 2010

Pancakes for breakfast…what could be more fun and childlike on a Saturday morning? After a much welcomed sleep in, I posed my favourite weekend question to Ben…what did he feel like for breakfast? I was silently willing him to shun his usual craving for eggs and share in my desire for little golden cakes from the pan… and he did.

Weekend breakfasts are really special for me. I cherish being able to cook and eat together, as during the week our morning schedules don’t align. I also revel in the fact that I have the time to play with recipes, whether it be a new endeavour or an old favourite. Those precious and glorious few morning hours on Saturday and Sunday encourage me to make something that may require a little more preparation and effort. To me, weekend breakfasts mean food made with love and anticipation, and dishes that are luxurious and indulgent, yet wholesome. Pancakes perfectly epitomise this ideal.

Upon realising that both our tummies were lusting after the same flavours, I gleefully jumped out of bed, threw on some comfy weekend attire, and bounded to the shops for my missing ingredients. I then popped on some music and danced around my kitchen; sifting and whisking, pouring and folding. Making pancakes as an adult is such fun. You get to experience the best of both worlds – creating a childhood favourite of cute, circular, fluffy delights, which you then flip in your Kitchen Aid non-stick pan 😉

The perfect pancake should be just that – fluffy and delightful. There is nothing worse than lead-like pancakes that sit heavy in your tummy for the rest of the morning. You should feel uplifted and inspired after eating pancakes. Each perfectly golden morsel should fill you with joy, and provide you energy to run and skip and jump, as it did when you were a child.

My favourite pancake recipe belongs to another Heidi. Her name is Heidi Swanson, of 101 cookbooks, and she is a goddess. Her recipes are wholesome, inspired, vibrant and luxurious. Her photos are real and tender. I adore her site. I tried her ‘Favourite Pancake Recipe’ about 6months ago, and have never looked back. The use of buttermilk makes for a lovely, velvety texture. In my experience, using buttermilk always creates a great pancake – whether oatmeal pancakes or the regular kind. I appreciate the opportunity to use wholemeal flavour, to allow for a more nutritious breakfast.

Heidi also provides a recipe for her Blueberry Maple Syrup, which she serves alongside her pancakes. I have made the syrup twice, and while it produces a beautifully rich and intensely blueberry flavoured sauce, it is really very sweet. So, I tend to stick to a fresher accompaniment. I love to use fresh berries and finish with a drizzle of pure maple syrup. Some natural yoghurt also adds a nice freshness.

Today I made banana pancakes, by pressing thin slices of banana into one side of the pancake whilst it is cooking. Upon flipping the pancake and allowing the fruit to greet the hot pan, the banana begins to caramelise. I love to do this with blueberries also. The batter is meant to be quite lumpy, so don’t overmix.

We enjoyed these pancakes more than I can attempt to convey. Our taste buds danced as we devoured these light, heavenly, golden cakes with sweet, caramelised banana and fresh, plump strawberries. We also cherished the time spent together preparing and cooking these little joyful creations – trying to flip them juuuuuust right, like when we were kids. Then there was that first bite, after eager anticipation and countless tummy grumbles as we waited for all the pancakes to cook…so satisfying, so savoured, so special.

Do you have a favourite special, weekend breakfast? Although I do adore pancakes, I love to try new things. And no matter how delightful they may be, I cannot always persuade Ben in the direction of little golden cakes from the pan.

Heidi xo
  • littleaspects September 18, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    Wow, they look incredible! So light and fluffy!
    At the moment we're loving grainy sourdough topped with local organic honey and ricotta and fresh local strawberries on the weekends.
    I would like to make pancakes again though – I made some oaty pancakes with caramelised grilled bananas awhile back that were pretty good!
    xo

  • Chanel11 September 18, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    Gorgeous – pancakes are my weekend breakfast of choice, and with so many different types of pancakes out there they never get boring

    Although my favourite is still the simple buttermilk pancakes topped with strawberries and maple syrup 🙂

  • Leah September 18, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    Oh my goodness they look great. We too had pancakes with banana and raspberries, my hubby did the cooking and they were super!! Great start to our weekend 🙂

  • Anna Johnston September 18, 2010 at 6:41 pm

    Its true isn't. Its not until the weekend & the rush & busy of the weekday routine allows such important time out to cook & eat to enjoy (instead of eat to sustain). I love morning like that & nothing but nothing is better than pancakes for brekky.

  • Kath (Eating for Living) September 18, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    Hm, I don't have a favorite weekend breakfast actually. The reason is mainly that I'm not a breakfast person at all – I eat most of my food later in the day. But I usually enjoy lots of tea with almond milk.

    So you are back home now? I'm happy for you, because you really seemed to miss it a lot!

  • Heidi September 19, 2010 at 11:53 am

    Littleaspects – Yum, that sounds incredible! Grainy sourdough is my favourite bread, I think.

    Chanel11 – I love your pancake affection. There are many recipes on your blog that I plan to try out – like the Elvis one!

    Leah – such a great start to the weekend 🙂 what a lovely hubby.

    Anna – so true 🙂 a rushed breakfast of boxed cereal just isn't the same.

    Kath – I'm yet to try almond milk! And yes I'm home 🙂 until tomorrow. Usually I'm fine with being away, I think it was just the realisation of my imminent return & knowing I'll be missing my family on my birthday.

    Heading down to red hill today though for a nice family lunch 🙂

    I hope this morning involved more lovely breakfasts…

    xo

  • The InTolerant Chef September 19, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    Oooh, nice and fluffy, this way they soak up all the syrup! Yummm…

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) September 20, 2010 at 8:29 am

    Oh what gorgeous photos! And what a wonderful breakfast!

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella September 21, 2010 at 6:09 pm

    They look lovely and I agree, buttermilk gives it that amazing texture! 😀

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