The brunch of queens

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Over the festive period I made  few fun breakfast/ brunch meals for myself, the other half and guests. This one was a particular favourite. It has been taken from The Hairy Bakers’ Twelve days of Christmas and adapted slightly.

The recipe should make 12 pancake and they advise that is serves 4 people.

Ingredients:

50g butter, cubed

275g self-raising flour

1 tsp baking powder

2 large eggs

2 tbsps soft light brown sugar

1 large banana, mushed

1-2 tbsp sunflower oil

8 streaky bacon rashers

maple syrup

I added a heaped tsp of cinnamon – I really recommend it!

The recipe is super easy and the reward is so yummy.

So the how to part:

Heat your oven to 120 degrees.

They suggest you put the flour, baking powder, eggs, sugar and milk in a food processor and blend until smooth. I did this the first time, but my food processor then broke so the last time I just whisked it altogether manually, and honestly, it was so much better the second time round!

Once the batter was smooth, I threw in the cinnamon which changed the colour of the batter. Now grab your mashed up banana and fold it into the mixture. The Hairy Bikers’ suggest that the banana be roughly chopped, which I did the first time. I found that by doing that there was not an equal ratio of banana in the pancakes. The second time round I mashed the banana up well and mixed it in. This made the banana flavour in the pancakes much more obvious.

Retrieve your frying pan from the cupboard. Melt a little oil  with a cube of butter over a medium heat and the wipe the base of an excess.

Depending on your frying pan, drop dollops of the mixture into it. Mine is small so I could only do it one at a time. You should cook on each side about 2 minutes. You should start to see bubbles emerging on the upside – this is an indicator that they are almost ready for flipping. They should be pale brown on each side. Pop them on a plate in the oven to keep them warm.

Once these are completed throw in some of the streaky bacon cooking them until they get deliciously crunchy. I personally much prefer streaky bacon than normal. Is there anything better than crunchy bacon?

All cooked? Stack the pancakes up, alternating with the bacon and melt some better on them and pour some maple syrup over them.

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Put some coffee on and enjoy!

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