My girls love their breakfast pancakes. They don’t take long to make and it all stemmed from doing finger foods when my eldest was a baby, pancakes were a quick and easy finger food and could pretty much include anything you like (her particular favourite was banana and banana yoghurt ones).I used to make use of fruit, yoghurts that were heading towards their expiry date and might not have been eaten otherwise, and once some leftover buttermilk after making a batch of soda bread.

I was having a look around the Internet to see what other things I could make with Herman when I came across a few recipes for sourdough pancakes. I had a spare starter over which no-one could use right then and we were all caked out that week! I didn’t want to waste it, so sourdough pancakes it was.

We now have them regularly, with fruit, syrup (golden, maple or even fruit syrup intended for ice cream) or just on their own as a snack to run around with (the kids, obviously, not me!) The recipe is simple enough, but it took me a few attempts to get what I would term the perfect pancake.

To make 8-12 pancakes (depending on the size you want) you will need:

  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 2 tbsp. sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda/soda bic
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup Herman starter
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 tbsp. oil

Combine the dry ingredients in a bowl, add all the remaining ingredients and mix well.

Heat a good frying pan over a medium heat and drop the batter into the pan. I use a quarter cup measure. Continue to cook for a couple of minutes until bubbles form on the surface of the pancake. Then carefully lift and turn to cook the other side.

Remove from the pan and either keep warm (wrapping in a tea towel works) or eat straightaway.

The pancakes keep well. I haven’t tried freezing them, as they never get past the first few days; however cake freezes well so I see no reason why these wouldn’t. You can also store them covered in the fridge; I have kept them in the fridge successfully for about a week. Then it is a simple matter of warming them in the microwave for about 20 seconds before eating. They can also be left out on a plate for the day; just don’t expect them still to be there when you go back for one later!

It took me a while to perfect these, and here are some tips I have learned along the way!

* You need a good pan that will heat evenly. It needs to be non-stick.

* Cook on a medium heat. Too high, and the pancake will stick and burn.

* Only cook one at a time.

* This is a soft batter. Be careful and gentle when turning or it will not go to plan!

This week we decided to share our Herman pancakes with Daisy the fairy, who sometimes leaves little gifts for the girls. She seems to enjoy the little cakes we leave her so my eldest asked mummy to make one just for her.

Of course it went down very well, and only a few crumbs remained in the morning!

by Helen