I'm a mom to 2 great kids, ages 7 and 4, and a former middle school teacher. I write What's for Lunch at Our House, a three year+ bento blog about what my children are eating for lunch and cute, fun, unique ways to teach them to eat healthy.

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Perfect Pancakes, à la Jamie Oliver

Our Jamie Oliver Perfect Pancakes

Perfect pancakes with fresh berries & bananas

My oldest was at camp last week. It was her first time away, and, despite a bit of nervousness on the part of her parents, she has a wonderful time and can’t wait to go back.

The dilemma arose when her younger brother realized that his chief playmate was gone ALL WEEK LONG.  This meant, in our house, that Mommy was appointed as the official new chief playmate until his beloved big sister returned home.  After the first few days, I began to struggle for new & creative ways to entertain the boy.

We opted to head to the kitchen.  If you follow my blog, you’ll know I’m a huge fan of Jamie Oliver & his Food Revolution (and the fact that he is following me on Twitter amazes me still).  I had perused the fun Food Revolution Toolkits when he first published them and remembered seeing a recipe for One-Cup Pancakes in the Cooking With Your Kids section.

The boy & I headed to the kitchen, pulled out the simple *four* ingredients and got to work.  These truly are the perfect kid recipe.  The lack of ingredients and simple measures were perfect for my not-quite-5-year-old.  He was able to measure out the flour & milk on his own and mix the batter.   I also loved how one-cup doesn’t necessarily mean one measuring cup, just one cup of some sort, as long as you use the same amount of flour & milk.  We opted for a standard measuring cup and were able to make 6 perfect little pancakes for the two of us for breakfast.

The recipe on Jamie Oliver’s site suggests a tropical yogurt to top the pancakes with.  It sounded lovely, but we were lacking those ingredients.  We topped ours with fresh banana, blackberries & strawberries, plus a bit of pure Canadian maple syrup.  Simply wonderful!

Make Your Own:

The recipe is linked above, but in summary, it’s equal parts milk & flour, a teaspoon of baking soda and an egg.

Mix well, then spoon some batter into a pan heated with a little bit of butter.

Cook 1-2 minutes till lightly browned, flip and cook the other side 1-2 minutes.

Serve immediately with your choice of toppings.

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