Ok, so pancakes are a yummy breakfast for au pairs, but they are also a fantastic meal for the kids you take care of (or will be taking care of…). If you’re from a country – such as the US – where fluffy pancakes are popular, making them will not only take care of breakfast, but will also be a fun ‘cultural’ lesson for the kids. Children can help mix the batter and will enjoy making these with you. For a special treat, you can add berries, mashed banana, or chocolate chips. I’m not entirely sure how common pancake syrup is in other parts of the world, but butter and sugar work well when you can’t find Aunt Jemima’s.
The best thing about making pancakes is that you can easily double or triple the recipe to make a big batch. You can then freeze them together in bunches to have a homemade breakfast to heat up and serve on busy mornings. If preparing breakfast is one of your au pair duties, then believe me, pancakes might just become one of your new favorite foods. That is, if they aren’t already!
The following is a great pancake recipe from a my favorite food website, www.allrecipes.com. Ingredients are listed in metric measurements as well, for those of you not measuring with cups and teaspoons:
“Good Old Fashioned Pancakes”
- 1 1/2 cups (190 g) all-purpose flour*
- 3 1/2 teaspoons (10 g) baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt (6 g)
- 1 tablespoon white sugar (10 g)
- 1 1/4 cups milk (295 ml)
- 1 egg
- 3 tablespoons (45 g) butter, melted
- In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Make a well in the center and pour in the milk, egg and melted butter; mix until smooth.
- Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium high heat. Pour or scoop the batter onto the griddle, using approximately 1/4 cup for each pancake. Brown on both sides and serve hot.
*for a healthier meal, substitute whole wheat or oat flour for part of the all-purpose flour