Recipe – Oat and raisin pancakes with honeyed cherries

Last weekend was quite a decandent weekend food-wise I’m now realising…lots of Wii needed this week then!

We’ve been having pancakes for breakfast for a while, I’ve tried buttermilk ones (by far the best), ones slathered in as much maple syrup as humanly possible and now I’ve been gradually trying to make them as healthy as possible to suit our diet. This recipe has evolved from a Nigella one to better suit my tastes. I make up a big batch of her recipe first though, as follows…

Pancake mix
600g plain flour
3 tblsps baking powder
2 tsps bicarbonate of soda
1 tsp salt
40g caster sugar

Mix all of the above together and keep in a seal tin/box for when you desperately need pancakes for breakfast!

Oat and raisin pancakes with honeyed cherries

Serves 2

150g pancake mix
1 egg
200 ml skimmed milk
50g porridge oats
25g raisins
50g frozen cherries (any fruit will do here, fresh even but I always keep bags of frozen in the freezer, so much easier!)
2 tbsps sugar
15ml water

1. Preheat the oven to 100 degrees celsius. Put a foil covered baking sheet in the oven.
2. In a bowl whisk together the pancake mix, egg and milk until smooth.
3. Add the oats and raisins, stir to combine.
4. Add the cherries. sugar and water to a saucepan and bring to the boil, reduce to a simmer.
5. Heat a frying pan to a high heat and add a little vegetable oil. Heat until the oil thins and swirl it to cover the base of the pan.
6. Using a ladle, dollop a ladle of the mixture into the frying pan, I find that a ladle full makes one pancake nicely and you can usually fit 4 in a pan at a time.
7. Allow to fry for 1 minute, turn over using a spatula.
8. Fry for 1 minute on the other side and then put the cooked pancakes on the baking sheet in the oven. this keeps them warm whilst you make the rest of them!
9. Cook the rest of the pancakes!
10. By now the cherries should have reduced slightly and be looking nice and sticky and sweet.
11. Serve 4 pancakes each, piled in the middle of the plate and top with the cherries and juice.
12. Best served with a nice strong espresso!

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