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Pancake Day… Superpowered.

RecipeDanielle Linton

Stocking up on maple syrup, lemon and sugar and chocolate spread for Pancake Day on Tuesday? Before you hit the shops, let us introduce you to something a little more superpowered than your average stack. For pancakes that fuel our bodies as well as our tastebuds, we like to add Bioglan Superfoods Chia + Flax for a hit of fibre that guarantees a satisfied stomach and slow-release energy.

Because these are extra-special pancakes, we think they deserve an extra-special topping, so we’ve thrown in a deliciously nourishing poached rhubarb recipe to spoon over the top (save the leftovers for your porridge the next morning). 

Frying pans at the ready...

Chia + Flax Pancakes

(Makes six)

200ml milk of your choice (we used almond)

1 large free-range egg

1 pinch of baking powder

120g self-raising flour

1 tbsp Bioglan Superfoods Chia + Flax

1 tsp Bioglan Superfoods Organic Coconut Oil, for frying

 

  1. Whisk together the milk and egg in a bowl. Sift in the baking powder, flour and combine. Finally, stir through the Bioglan Superfoods Chia + Flax.
  2. Melt the coconut oil in a frying pan over a moderate heat. Scoop a ladle of the pancake batter into the pan and cook it until small bubbles appear on the surface.
  3. Once you see the bubbles, flip the pancake (either by catching some serious air OR with a spatula, your choice...) and cook the other side for a further minute before transferring to a plate. 
  4. Repeat steps two and three until all the mixture is used up and your pancake stack is looking tall.

(P.S. If your first pancake doesn’t look perfect, don’t worry - the first one is always the worst!)

Poached strawberries and flaked almond topping

 50g strawberries

2 tbsp coconut sugar

1 tsp Bioglan Supergreens Berry Burst

½ tbsp lemon juice

2 tbsp water

A handful of flaked almonds

 

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celcius. 

Scatter the almonds over a baking tray and toast in the warm oven until lightly golden (keep an eye on them - they’ll burn in an instant!)

While the almonds cool, chop the strawberries into small pieces and put into a saucepan with the sugar, lemon juice, Bioglan Supergreens Berry Burst and water. Simmer gently for 1-2 minutes until the strawberries are soft, but not mushy.

Strain the liquid into a bowl and set aside. Leave the strawberries to cool.

Put the liquid back in the saucepan and simmer until it becomes a thick syrup.

Top your pancakes with a spoonful of the poached strawberries, a drizzle of the poaching syrup, a few toasted flaked almonds and a dusting of icing sugar.

Review: VonShef Silver Stand Mixer from Domu

AppliancesDanielle Linton

VonShef, £81.99 (at time of publishing), Domu.co.uk 

Things have been a little hectic here in the BM//B kitchen so we drafted in the cavalry in the form of the VonShef Silver Stand Mixer. With a 1200W motor and 5,5L jug, it certainly sounded like it was up to the job! 

What we made: Banana Bread Muffins

Let's clarify first of all, that there is no inkling of the Great British Bake Off in this kitchen! We're used to putting in the elbow grease or not bothering at all, so having a stand mixer to do some of the work was a real treat. 

The first task was unboxing; to our surprise this was simple enough. Along with the main unit came 3 attachments (for whisking, mixing, kneading), a lid for the mixing bowl, a dust cover and a '200 Cakes and Bakes' Recipe Book. All was left to do was choose a recipe, attach the relevant accessory and plug it in! 

We also made: Coconut Loaf 

Another disclaimer from our kitchen is that we're not huge fans of complicated recipes. So our idea of baking is throwing everything into one jug and mixing all at once (maybe that's why we love smoothies so much?!). So that's what we did for our muffins and our coconut loaf. Once we were confident we had the right setting and speed (there are a choice of 6) we were able to walk away for a short time to carry on with other tasks. 

We thought we should mention the noise though. We're lucky enough to have a Vitamix in our kitchen so the noise doesn't phase us but we thought we should warn you. Like us, you'll get used to it too! Once you're done, just throw the jug in the dishwaher (or you know, handwash it like us) and the kitchen tidy up is done! 

If silver is not your colour, the VonShef Stand Mixer also comes in red, cream and black to fit in perfectly with your kitchen decor! If you're baking on a budget, then the VonShef is the perfect choice!

Happy Baking! 

- BM//B