wholemeal pancake recipe revisited

wholemeal pancakesI’ve posted our pancake recipe on the blog before, but DH likes his pancakes thick and fluffy so I’ve adapted the recipe to the one below.

We have a pancake breakfast nearly every Sunday. It’s a great way to sit down to a meal together as a family, especially if that’s not possible at nights.

If you make your pancakes wholemeal and top them with lots of fruit, then they are a healthy but very tasty breakfast. Although pancakes topped with strawberries and drizzled with chocolate makes for a decadent occasional treat, and life’s too short not to eat chocolate at breakfast every now and then.

If you’re the cook in the kitchen, this isn’t exactly a relaxing Sunday breakfast, although you can ensure a sleep-in by making the batter the night before. Fry up a stack of pancakes in the morning and keep them warm in a low oven so that the cook can eat with the family.

This recipe makes 6 pancakes (size pictured), but it is easily doubled or tripled.

Wholemeal Pancakes
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  1. 1 1/2 cups of wholemeal flour (or flour of choice)
  2. 3/4 tsp. baking powder (not needed if you use self-raising flour)
  3. 50g butter, melted
  4. 1 tsp. vanilla
  5. 1 egg, beaten
  6. enough milk to make a batter consistency
  1. Sift the flour(s) and baking powder into a bowl and add the butter, vanilla and egg.
  2. Mix then add a little milk at a time until you have a thick batter consistency.
  3. Melt the butter. To save washing up, melt it in the pan you will cook your pancakes in.
  4. If you have time, let the batter rest. The batter will thicken on resting - if needed, thin it out a little with some extra milk. (Better yet, make it the night before for a relaxed Sunday breakfast).
  5. Melt a little butter in a fry pan over medium heat. Pour in the batter and flip when the surface has bubbled. The law of pancakes states that the first pancake never turns out as well as the following ones.
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Topping ideas

We use a combination of the following ideas. A favourite of ours is a tropical themed pancake: fresh pineapple, banana, passionfruit and shredded coconut with a little yoghurt and a drizzle of honey for sweetness.

  • Fresh fruit: Banana, strawberries, blueberries, peaches, pineapple (or your favourite mix of fresh fruit).
  • Tinned fruit or frozen berries.
  • A dollop of yoghurt. You could try our favourite – passionfruit yoghurt: Mix together Greek or plain yoghurt with some fresh passionfruit and a little honey to taste.
  • Homemade mascarpone cheese
  • Homemade lemon curd
  • A sprinkling of slivered almonds or favourite nuts, linseeds, shredded coconut, sunflower seeds.
  • A drizzle of honey, golden syrup or pure maple syrup (or chocolate :) ).
  • Alternatively, you can put fruit in the batter. One of our favourites is apple pancakes, but we also enjoy the classic blueberry pancakes when blueberries are in season and inexpensive.
  • The old favourite – lemon or orange juice and sugar.
  • Caramelised apples

What’s your favourite pancake topping?

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  1. Sal says

    Sounds yum! We love wholemeal pancakes on weekends too :)
    If you like extra light and fluffy pancakes try adding 1/2 teaspoon of bicarb soda and 1/2tablespoon of lemon juice to your above recipe. The extra rise given by the combination of these ingredients makes for nice light pancakes :)

    (ps, I haven’t made this batter the night before, only fresh, so not sure if it works)

    • says

      Hi Sal, thanks for the tip, I’m going to try it next weekend! Do you add the baking poweder too or skip that ingredient?

      If I remember correctly, the combo of bicarb and acid is what makes traditional red velvet cake rise. Kinda like the school volcano experiment :).

  2. says

    I throw all the ingredients in the blender and whiz them up, wet ings first. It’s so easy then to pour the mixture straight from the blender jug into the pan. Pancakes are such good practice for small cooks. Every single person in our household can whip up pancakes, youngest has to stand on a chair!

    • says

      That makes it very quick and easy! I’m going to do that next time I’m in a hurry. I do enjoy the hands on part of cooking though.

  3. Diann says

    Yum! These sound delicious and since I bought self raising wholemeal flour when I thought I was buying plain, I’m going to give it a go in the blender. We have family coming to stay on Thursday afternoon and these will be excellent for breakfast on Friday morning. I am thinking chopped banana with caramel sauce! All the food groups!