Best Buttermilk Pancakes

This has become my fool-proof recipe for making fluffy American pancakes with minimal effort. They’re so easy to make, that you can easily whip them up before work for a satisfying weekday breakfast. Don’t forget to keep an eye on these when they’re cooking though – a few seconds too long and you’ve got yourself a pile of black, charred crisps.

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I always eat my pancakes with thick drizzles of honey, whereas Boyfriend scatters sugar and squirts lemon juice on top. How do you like your pancakes? With fresh berries? Nutella? Ice cream? Let me know in the comments section!
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This recipe makes enough for four portions and is adapted from Brown Eyed Baker.

Ingredients
130g flour
1tbsp sugar
1tsp baking powder
1tsp baking soda
Pinch of salt
250ml buttermilk
100ml sour cream
1 egg
2tbsp melted butter
Recipe
1. Whisk the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt together in a bowl.
2. In another bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, sour cream, egg and melted butter.
3. Pour in the wet ingredients into the bowl with the dry ingredients and gently stir until just combined. Leave to sit at room temperature for around 15 minutes.
4. Heat a large frying pan over a medium-high heat. Scoop some butter into the towel and swirl it around the pan until it is covered in a thin layer of melted butter.
5. Pour four small amounts of the mixture into the pan and cook until edges are set and bubbles on surface are just beginning to break. Flip the pancakes and continue to cook until second side is golden brown – 1 to 2 minutes longer.

Note – you must grease the pan with butter each time you add more batter or the pancakes will stick to the pan and burn.

Baked Egg Boats

These baked egg boats are so easy to make, yet extremely tasty and filling. Since they require so little effort, you could even make them for a weekday breakfast, although you would probably only need half a baguette to keep you going until way after lunch.
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I didn’t scoop enough bread out of the baguettes and therefore couldn’t pour all of the bacon and eggy-goodness into the boats, so be sure to take out a lot of the bread! It’s quite hard to tell when these are ready, so make sure you give them at least 30 minutes in the oven.
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On the balcony with a cup of tea, the glistening sea in the background and good company – these baked egg boats are the perfect brunch treat for two.
Inspired by Spoon Fork Bacon
 
Ingredients
2 small baguettes
3 eggs
50ml single scream
50g chopped uncooked bacon
60g grated cheese
½ onion, finely chopped
Salt and pepper
 
Recipe
1. Preheat the oven to 170C.
 
2. Slice a deep V shape into each of the baguettes and remove a fair amount of the filling.
 
3. Fry the bacon for around five minutes – cooked but not crispy.
 
4. Lightly whisk together the eggs and cream. Add the bacon, cheese, onion, salt and pepper.
 
5. Pour even amounts of the egg mix into the baguettes and place on a baking sheet.
 
6. Bake for around 30 minutes or until fully-cooked and set in the centre.

Enchilada Casserole

Anything gooey and cheesy in our house is almost always a favourite, and this enchilada casserole is no exception. It’s so easy to make and is great for banging together on the weekend and throwing in the freezer for a great – if not so healthy – weeknight dinner.
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Serve with corn on the cob and home-made salsa and you have yourself the perfect Mexican meal for two!
 
Ingredients
250g mince
½ chopped onion
100g salsa
50g kidney beans
3 flour tortillas
50g sweet corn
100g grated Mexican cheese
2 tbsp taco seasoning – homemade works best my favourite is from Simply Scratch.
 
Recipe
1. Brown the mince in a frying pan for around 10 minutes and drain away any liquid. Add the onion and cook for an additional 10 minutes.
 
2. Stir in the salsa, kidney beans, sweet corn and taco seasoning.
 
3. Preheat the oven to 190C and spoon 1/3 of the meat mixture into a baking tray. Sprinkle with a little grated cheese and top with a tortilla. Chop up the tortilla to make it fit if you have to.
 
4. Repeat the previous step twice more and top with a generous amount of grated cheese.
 
5. Bake for around 20 minutes or until the cheese begins to bubble.