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Allergy Friendly Pancake Day Recipes for Nannies, Children and Families

February 6, 2018 | Leave a Comment

Nannies and Families, it’s nearly time for Pancake Day. This year Pancake Day (Shrove Tuesday) falls on Tuesday the 13th February 2018. It is the one day of the year that it is acceptable to have pancakes for dinner. It is a day that all children, nannies and families can enjoy and get involved with cooking and creating pancakes. It is a perfect opportunity for nannies and families to get the children involved with cooking. Nannies can use the day to encourage the children they care for to help in the kitchen, cooking up some delicious pancakes. Children can also be encouraged to put their creative minds to the test and see what topping flavours they can come up with.

Here are some pancake toppings that are known and loved by all children, nannies and families… and some slightly more obscure ones:

Sweet: Lots of different combinations that children will enjoy…

  • Lemon and Sugar – a classic that is loved by all
  • Maple Syrup – Sweet and delicious
  • Honey – works well on its own or with yoghurt or fruit and is a perfect choice for a healthy pancake.
  • Chocolate Spread – Perfect served on its own. Or to make it a little healthier, try adding some fresh strawberries/raspberries/banana
  • American Blueberry/ syrup – The perfect topping for a thicker style pancake
  • Fresh fruit and ice cream – You choose! All different types of fruit make the perfect accompaniment to pancakes. Why not try adding your favourite fruit and a dollop of ice cream to complement your pancake?
  • Berries and White chocolate – Frozen berries and white chocolate to top of your pancake, delicious!
  • Chocolate, peanut butter and banana – this super sweet filling will be sure to fill you up!
  • Salted caramel and pretzel pancakes – perfect to serve with ice cream. The perfect combination of sweetness and saltiness.

Savoury: Some people have their pancakes savoury… check out some of these topping ideas…

  • Bacon and Eggs – a breakfast pancake!
  • Ham and Cheese – the perfect pairing
  • Bacon and avocado
  • Spinach and grated cheese
  • Tomato and Mushroom – a great choice if you are wanting to create a healthy pancake
  • Tuna and sweetcorn – 2 foods which go hand in hand and are perfect to put on top of pancakes
  • Bacon and Maple Syrup – the slightly controversial, sweet and savoury topping

There are so many flavour combinations that can be created. Why not try a few different combinations and see which one is your favourite!

Fun ideas for Nannies and Children:

To make your pancake that little bit extra special, why not create an exciting design/shape with your pancakes or use your toppings to do so?

Here are a few deigns/shapes that you can have a go at creating:

  • A heart
  • A flower
  • Farm yard animals
  • A cat
  • A dog
  • A bunny
  • A Teddy Bear
  • Mickey mouse

A fun way to try out new designs and get creative with children. All you need to do is draw the outline of your desired shape with pancake mixture onto a heated pan, let it cook for a few seconds, fill in with more pancake mixture, cook further until golden brown and then flip to cook the other side. It may take practice and may not work out the first time, but it is a great way to be inventive and have fun in the kitchen.

 pancake day recipes for nannies nad children

Pancake Recipes

Perfect Pancake Recipe: ideal for sweet/savoury toppings:

You will need:

100g of plain flour

2 eggs

300ml of semi skimmed milk

1 tablespoon of sunflower or vegetable oil (plus extra for frying)

A pinch of salt

To make:

  • Put the flour and a pinch of salt into a bowl and create a well in the middle
  • Add the eggs, 50ml of milk and 1tbsp of oil to the middle of the flour
  • Start to whisk from the middle, slowly combining the mixture. Once combined, beat until smooth and a thick paste has been formed. More milk can be added at this point if the mixture is too stiff.
  • Add a good splash of milk and whisk to loosen. Whilst still whisking, slowly pour in the remainder of the milk.
  • If you can wait, set aside the mixture for 30 minutes.
  • Grab a frying pan and place over a medium heat. Heat up some oil and then add some mixture to the pan (enough to cover). Depending how thick you like your pancakes, add the right amount for you
  • Cook for 30 seconds to 1 minute, flip when golden brown and then allow to cook again
  • Once you have the perfect amount of pancakes, add your favourite toppings and enjoy!

https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/3374/perfect-pancakes

If you or someone in the family has a special dietary requirement, maybe you have an intolerance to gluten, dairy products or eggs, you don’t have to miss out on Pancake Day. These recipes are tailored to suit almost all requirements:

Allergy Friendly Pancake Recipes

Gluten Free pancake recipe:

You will need:

125g of gluten free flour

1 egg

250ml of milk

Butter for frying

To make:

  • Put the flour into a bowl and make a well in the centre.
  • Crack the egg into the well and pour in a quarter of the milk
  • Whisk the mixture until a paste is formed and then add another quarter of milk.
  • Once the mixture is free of lumps, add the remainder of the milk and stir once again
  • If you can wait, set aside the mixture for 20 – 30 minutes. If not, start cooking!
  • Using a non-stick frying pan, place on the heat and add a small amount of butter and wait until it starts to bubble.
  • Then add the mixture, ensuring enough is added to cover the base of the frying pan. Cook until golden brown and then flip and cook.
  • Once you have the perfect amount of pancakes, add your favourite toppings and enjoy!

https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/2920665/glutenfree-pancakes

You will need:

125g of plain flour

1 egg

300ml of help of coconut milk (used as a replacement for regular milk)

Sunflower or rice bran oil for frying

To make:

  • Put the flour into a bowl and create a well in the middle
  • Crack the egg into the well and pour in a quarter of the milk
  • Whisk the mixture until a paste is formed and then add another quarter of milk.
  • Once the mixture is free of lumps, add the remainder of the milk and stir once again
  • If you can wait, set aside the mixture for 20 – 30 minutes. If not start cooking!
  • Using a non-stick frying pan, place over the heat and add a splash of oil and allow to heat up.
  • When hot enough, add the mixture, ensuring enough is added to cover the base of the frying pan. Cook until golden brown and then flip and cook.
  • Once you have the perfect amount of pancakes, add your favourite toppings and enjoy!

https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/2920663/dairyfree-pancakes

Dairy, egg and gluten free pancake recipe:

You will need:

125g of gluten free flour

An egg replacer equivalent to 1 egg

250ml hemp of coconut milk (used as a replacement for regular milk)

Sunflower or rice bran oil for frying

To make:

  • Put the flour into a bowl and make a well in the centre
  • Pour in the egg replacer and a quarter of the milk
  • Whisk the mixture until a paste is formed and then add another quarter of milk.
  • Once the mixture is free of lumps, add the remainder of the milk and stir once again
  • If you can wait, set aside the mixture for 20 – 30 minutes. If not start cooking!
  • Using a non-stick frying pan, place over the heat and add a splash of oil and allow to heat up.
  • When hot enough, add the mixture, ensuring enough is added to cover the base of the frying pan. Cook until golden brown and then flip and cook.
  • Once you have the perfect amount of pancakes, add your favourite toppings and enjoy!

https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/2920662/egg-dairy-and-glutenfree-pancakes

Written by Emily Martin for Harmony at Home Limited. All Rights Reserved, 2017

Easy After School Snacks ideal for Children

July 11, 2017 | Leave a Comment

Nannies and Parents, do you get the ‘I’m hungry’ after school from your children or charges? After a full day at school, it is expected for your children or charges to come home hungry.

Instead of reaching for those unhealthy, sugary snacks, try mixing it up a bit with a variety of healthy snacks for your child to munch on. It can be hard to know what snack is best to give that is suitable to be consumed before dinner. The last thing you want is for them to feel full and not want to eat their dinner that you have prepared.

Getting children involved

Cooking and baking is lots of fun and an activity that most children enjoy. It is a fantastic way to encourage them to eat healthy and allows you to introduce them to some new foods. Cooking also provides you with an opportunity to introduce some new skills, for example, weighing/ measuring out the ingredients, reading along with the recipe and identifying the correct ingredients. These skills are perfect to understand and establish when children are young.

After School Snack Ideas:

When children need energy fast, a snack plate is the perfect thing to create. A small plate of their favourite healthy snacks always go down a treat.

A few great snacks to include:

  • Bread sticks/ crackers. Served on their own or with some hummus
  • Dried fruit
  • Cubes/ slices of cheese
  • Hard boiled eggs
  • Chopped apple/ grapes / berries/ banana
  • Raw carrot / pepper / cucumber
  • Nuts/ seeds.

These snack options also work really well on the go. If you find that your child or charge is hungry as soon as they come out of school, prepare a few of these easy snacks and take them with you to the school gate. A quick and easy food fix.

If you find that your child is still hungry or is looking for something slightly more filling, have a go at making these quick and simple snacks, perfect to fill a hole:

Fruit Kebabs

Fruit kebabs are fun, easy and healthy snacks that children love. Simply choose from a selection of different fruit, cut it into small, bite size chunks and let your child have a go a creating their own fruit kebab. Perfect treats to make that are not time consuming and are hassle free. A great way to encourage children to eat fruit by letting them get involved. Add some excitement to your kebabs by offering some yoghurt, honey or even chocolate dips on the side. This might be added as a special treat on a Friday to celebrate the end of the week.

Flapjacks

A great snack to make after school with your children or charge. There are so many recipes available for you to choose form. The main ingredients include: butter, brown sugar, golden syrup and porridge oats. Adding extra’s to your flapjacks including, dried fruit, nuts or seeds can make a special addition to them.

Mini Omelettes

Mini omelettes are the perfect snack to create and enable you to use up any vegetables. Simply whisk up some egg, add your chosen vegetables, pour the mixture into a muffin tin and bake. Extras (cheese) may also be added if desired. the great thing about these is you are able to store any leftovers in the fridge for up to a week.

Baked Apple Crisps

A new spin on an apple. A great way to encourage children to eat fruit is by disguising it by turning it into a crisp. Simply slice up an apple, space it out onto a baking tray lined with parchment paper and cook in the oven. Prior to putting in the oven add some cinnamon to give a dash of spice. These can take a little while to cook in the oven, so it might be a good idea to make a batch at the weekend ready to be served after school. They are perfect to store in an air tight container and keep in the cupboard as simple snacks.

Written by Emily Martin for Harmony at Home Limited. All Rights Reserved, 2017

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