Pancake Day with Probiotics
Pancake Day is almost upon us and I for one can’t wait to try out a new and fresh way to celebrate. In the past you may have experimented with the classic American style or the beautifully light and thin crepe, so perhaps this year you want to experiment with something different. Why not try making 2018 the best year for pancakes with our secret ingredient - probiotics.
Why Pancakes Are Great With Probiotics
Pancakes for breakfast? Always…and that is why pancakes and probiotics are a match made in heaven. The best time to take probiotics is during breakfast. Probiotics are a fantastic way to improve our natural balance of good bacteria. Which is vital to our gut health and in turn our immunity. After all ‘70% of your immune system is based in the gut.’1 So with a happy gut, you’ll be happy, too. Good bacteria is incredibly beneficial for our gut health, which in turn creates a multitude of benefits. Helping improve your skin, digestive system, immunity, etc. Simply take your probiotic when you're eating the pancake or leave the pancake to cool slightly and sprinkle with the contents of a probiotics capsule or sachet (great for kids, too!).
Our favourite easy peasy recipe
• 2 eggs
• 110 g plain flour (use wholegrain for a healthier option)
• 200 ml milk
• 75 g sparkling water
• pinch of salt
• butter for the frying pan
• garnish of your choice: any combination of fruit; salmon & cream cheese; grilled bacon & maple syrup; grilled bacon & avocado; cheddar cheese
1. Whisk all ingredients together in a mixing bowl for about 1 minute or until smooth.
2. In a moderately hot frying pan swirl in a knob of butter until slightly foaming.
3. Place a dollop of the pancake batter in the pan and tip the pan around from side to side to evenly coat it with batter.
4. Cook until bubbles appear on the surface then flip over and cook for another minute.
5. Serve warm with any topping of your choice.
Ladling the batter across from a mixing bowl into the pan can sometimes make a mess. Fill batter into a jug and use this to pour batter into the pan. Also, save time - this batter can be made the evening before and refrigerated.
Pancake Day, all day, every day!
Here's a quick guide to freezing and reheating your homemade pancakes:
Why have pancakes just on one day? If you want to be able to snack or keep your warm sweet treats for a rainy day, make your pancakes and freeze the batch in individually bagged serving portions, ready to dig in whenever you want them.
Simply prepare the batter and make your delicious pancakes then once they are fully cooked and cooled you can begin freezing them The best way to freeze them without sticking is to place a layer of baking paper in-between each pancake and layer in a freezer bag, with one bag per portion. That way you can microwave them (20-60 seconds) or in the oven (very low heat - 10 minutes).
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