Mars Bar cupcakes, what a joyous trio we have here. These cupcakes make me so happy. Chocolate and caramel is a mighty combo, so delicious. Soft and fluffy vanilla cupcakes, filled with dulce de leche and topped with not one by two flavours and buttercream, …
Month: September 2022
Biscoff caramel ice cream. This is great all year round but with the salted caramel and warming spices running through it, mixing with the cosiness of the biscoff spread, this is actually pretty amazing in the autumn and winter, as the seasons are changing. I …
Chocolate pancakes; two magic words for the best start to your day. I’m not saying this is an everyday kinda breakfast, but as a treat these are gorgeous. Rich and chocolatey and topped with berries, whipped cream, all the major food groups.
These are a particular favourite of mine. Not only do you get to have chocolate for breakfast but these souffle beautifully when you fry them because you’ve put that little extra effort whisking those eggs nice and fluffy. Yes it’s the morning and sometimes we can’t be bothered, but your future self will thank you big time if you put this bit of effort in for a truly satisfying pay out.
Give these a go; a handful of ingredients and you’re in for a seriously special breakfast or lazy morning brunch with friends.
3 large eggs
90g plain flour
25g cocoa powder (I like to use a really dark rich cocoa powder like Dr Oetker)
1 heaped tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
½ tsp coffee powder
2 tbsp caster sugar
Separate the eggs, popping the egg whites in one large bowl and the yolks in another.
Sift the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and coffee powder together.
Add the dry ingredients to the bowl with the eggs. Add in the sugar.
Then gradually add in the milk. It’s best to do this slowly so you don’t get too many lumps. Don’t worry if there are a few in the batter though, this is morning pancakes we’re making, so let’s not be too hard on ourselves.
In the other bowl, add a pinch of salt to the egg whites and whisk together on a high speed for a few minutes until they form stiff peaks and hold their shape. Fold the egg whites into the chocolate batter. I like to add in about ⅓ of the mixture first quite quickly to loosen the mix and then more gently fold in the rest of the egg whites to help them keep all that lovely air in. You don’t want to beat the mix here, otherwise you’ll lose all the air that you’ve whipped into the eggs and then the pancakes won’t be as fluffy.
Heat a non-stick frying pan on a medium heat. I like to use a smaller gas hob so the heat doesn’t get too intense too fast to cook the pancakes. If you have a high heat the pancakes can brown too quickly before they are ready to flip.
Once you’ve heated the pan for a few minutes use a ¼ cup to spoon out the pancake mix and start cooking in batches.
The pancakes are ready to flip with the edges start to go wrinkly and bubbles start forming on the tops of the pancakes. This takes a few minutes.
Flip the pancake and cook for another minute.
Once all the pancakes are cooked, serve and top with whatever you fancy. I decided to go with berries and a pretty generous blob of whipped cream.
If you’re on the hunt for more tasty breakfast ideas, try our Get up and go granola – homemade breakfast ideas or Pumpkin spiced pancakes with orange maple syrup and toasted pecans.
Chocolate peanut butter bites. Goodness, do I love these. I know you should play favourites but I’ve got to say, I make these no-bake snacks more often than anything else and they are such a winner with my husband, he absolutely loves them. Salty, sweet …
Breakfast is undoubtedly my favourite time of day and smoothies for breakfast are super speedy and give you an instant hit of that all important 5 a day burst of vibrant colour, all things to start the day off right. This strawberry sunrise smoothie is really special and fab to make all year round; frozen fruit instantly transports us to the height of summer so I always keep a stash of berries in my freezer. Strawberries, bananas and oranges are also for me, instant comforting winners at breakfast time, so this smoothie was a no brainer to try out. So fast, so delicious. A virtuously smug way to start the day.
Strawberry sunrise smoothie
2 ripe bananas
Splash of milk (2 tbsp)
Zest and juice of 1 orange (optional)
Makes enough for 2-3 glasses
Blitz all of the ingredients in a food processor until smooth. Share out in glasses or add some granola to make a tasty smoothie bowl.
This will keep for a few days in the fridge if you don’t drink it straight away, but give it a little stir incase it separates a bit.
If you use frozen bananas and strawberries and just the orange zest (without the milk or juice) this makes a super nice cream too.
If you’re after ways to make use of all your goodies and not waste a thing, I’d recommend Love Food Hate Waste, so many great tips to help us use up every scrap.
Fancy some more breakfast or brunch ideas? Try my Get up and go granola – homemade breakfast ideas or Blackberry scones or even Banana and cinnamon baked doughnuts, all delicious and simple to whip up in the morning.
If it’s healthy eating you’re after my Cardamom and vanilla baked fruit is a real winner, such a treat.