Valentine’s Morning Pancakes

This month is not only a leap year month, but we have both Pancake Day and Valentines Day coming up. I thought I would share with you all the pancake breakfast I did for me and my husband for last years Valentine’s Day morning.

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Equipment you will need:

  • Small frying pan
  • Mixing bowl
  • Whisk
  • Rubber heart shape pancake/egg mould (you can normally find these in supermarkets around valentines day).

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Ingredients you will need:

  • 250ml milk
  • 100g flour
  • 1 egg
  • ΒΌ teaspoon salt
  • Olive oil
  • Nutella chocolate spread
  • Punnet of strawberries

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What to do:

  1. Wash the strawberries.
  2. Cut off the stems by making a rounded ‘v’ shape in the top of the strawberry.
  3. Then cut each strawberry into slices to make heart shaped slices. Keep to one side.
  4. Next, add the milk, flour, egg and salt to a mixing bowl and whisk together to make a batter.
  5. Leave the bowl in the fridge for 10 mins.
  6. Remove the bowl from the fridge and whisk again.
  7. Heat a little oil in the frying pan on a medium heat.
  8. Place the rubber mould in the pan and pour in the batter to fill the heart shape. Don’t go too fast with the batter as it will start to run out from under the mould. If this happens just push it down in the areas where it is leaking from. You want the pancakes to be around 5mm thick maximum.
  9. As soon as the batter is almost fully solid on top, you can remove the mould without it running everywhere.Be careful when touching the mould as it will be hot.
  10. Repeat steps 7 – 9 until all the batter has been used up.
  11. Spread each pancake with Nutella and place a slice of strawberry on top.

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You can use any left over strawberries to make a strawberry milk shake like I did. The pancake batter recipe I used just follows the standard British pancake recipe my parents have always used for pancake day. Enjoy!

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Mango, Lime and Coconut Icy Dessert

This experiment started off as a smoothie, but then I wondered what would it be like if I froze it and used it as a dessert.
I blended together a can of coconut milk, 3 mangoes and the juice of 2 limes. I then poured it into a ice cream tub and then put it in the freezer to freeze. It took almost a day to freeze for me. My husband says this is because of the lime juice. When you are ready to eat it, leave it out of the freezer for a bit and then hack off chunks with a spoon to get yummy fruity icy flakes. I think this would make a good recipe for home made ice lollies as it has a similar texture when frozen.

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Daim Bar Milkshake

This one is so bad for you, but tastes oh so good. My husband couldn’t get enough of it.

  • All you need is 3 Daim bars crushed up and added to you smoothie maker cup.
  • Then add a little bit of milk so that the Daim bar is covered. You only want enough to help blend up the Daim bars fully.
  • Then let it blend until you can get it as fine as possible.
  • Then all you need to do is fill the rest of the smoothie maker with vanilla ice cream.
  • Give it another little blend just so that everything is mixed together, and then you can serve.

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Cherry Milkshake

For this one I took one banana and broke it up into my smoothie maker cup. Then I added a couple of handfuls of frozen morello cherries. I find buying berries already frozen is cheaper than buying fresh and less work for me. Plus they blend better when frozen. Blueberries for example seem to go a bit gelatinous if not frozen when used in a smoothie. Then I covered the fruit with milk and added a couple of spoons of vanilla ice cream before blending together. I placed another frozen cherry on top as a garnish before serving.

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Blueberry Milkshake

My brother got me a propper smoothie maker for Christmas, which is so much more efficient than using the hand blender that I used to use. Even though it’s not really the weather for smoothies, it hasn’t stopped me from trying it out. This one uses blueberries, some semi skimmed milk and a couple of spoons of vanilla ice cream. However if I were to make this again I would probably use less blueberries as it went a bit too thick in the end.

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Chocolate Strawberry Milkshake

This one is a lot better than last week’s milkshake for the simple fact that it has Nutella in it lol. I simply blended 5 strawberries with milk, 1 heaped teaspoon of Nutella and one heaped desert spoon of vanilla ice cream.

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Strawberry Milkshake

For this I used 5 strawberries and 1 passion fruit, which I blended with milk. If you feel the taste is lacking a bit, then I suggest adding 1 teaspoon of sugar. Alternatively you could add a big dessert spoon of vanilla ice cream, which I personally prefer to do.

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