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Pancake Day Recipes

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Foodie, Product Reviews | Posted on 05-02-2013

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With a week to go until Pancake Day you may well have started thinking about what sort of pancakes you’re going to make. I know a lot of people I follow on Twitter use Pancake Day as an excuse to eat pancakes at every meal – and good on you if you do – but in our house we usually tend to just have them as dessert in the evening, though I may be open to persuasion.

Fresh ingredients are key to a good pancake – I don’t just fancy the bottles of ready mixed batter personally! – but you also need a good frying pan and a good turner. When I cook pancakes I use a good flexible silicone turner, generally as thin as I can to ensure I don’t leave half the pancake in the pan. I’ve never been brave enough to try tossing them – I fear for the floor! I like the look of this one from from Oxo – nice thin edges with a big surface area.

Your frying pan should ideally be non-stick to avoid any disasters. This Pancake Pan from Typhoon is perfect. Its 28 cm diameter gives you plenty of space to create nice big pancakes, and because its made from carbon steel the heat spreads evenly so it cooks quickly. It can be used on all cooker tops and can even be put in the oven if you use it for frying anything else. The pan and handle are one piece of metal so you need to use a handle holder or wear oven gloves when you’re handling it. The oven gloves which are actually gloves are ideal for this as they give you good grips and excellent control.

So you’ve got your kit and you’ve made a stack of pancakes – how are going to fill them? Well these are my two favourite recipes from Philadelphia – one savoury and one sweet – which you should try out on Pancake Day next week. Enjoy!

Vegetable Pancakes

Ingredients
350g mixed vegetables like baby corn, baby carrots and mange toute.
150g Philadelphia Light with Chives
3tbsp semi-skimmed milk
Black pepper
Mixed Salad to serve

 

 

Instructions

Cut the vegetables into bite-sized pieces and steam or microwave for about 5-8 minutes until tender.

Heat the Philadelphia with the milk – don’t let it boil – and then mix with the vegetables and pepper.

Fill each pancake with the mixture and serve with a salad.

Alternative: Add pieces of cooked chicken from your Sunday roast to the Philadelphia when you’re warming it.

 

Choccy Philly Strawberry Pancakes

How delicious does that look?
Simply spread Philadelphia with Cadbury onto each warm pancake and decorate with slices of fresh strawberries. If you’re feeling really decadent – and I hugely suggest you do – you could also add a dribble of cream to this too. I think this recipe is going to prove VERY popular in my house next week, especially with Little Man who loves chocolate and strawberries.

 

 

 

Have a great Pancake Day!

Product Review: Oxo Cookie Jar

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Foodie, Product Reviews | Posted on 06-11-2012

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There has been a lot of baking going on in my kitchen these last few weeks. What with Little Man’s Birthday, Halloween and my general love of baking there have been cakes and biscuits all over the place! Cakes tend to get eaten pretty quickly in this house but when I bake biscuits I tend to do them in bulk so there’s enough to last about a week. The problem I’ve found however is that they don’t stay fresh for that long in a tin so we invariably end up throwing some out which is a shame. At least we did until we discovered the Oxo Cookie Jar.

The Oxo Cookie Jar has the traditional cookie jar shape to it – rounded with a flat base and back and the opening angled forwards – but has a very special lid. As you can see above the lid has a large button on it. Pushing that button down secures the lid but also makes the jar airtight. To open the jar your just release the button and use the large round handle to remove the lid.

The jar has a capacity of 2.8 litres which is A LOT of cookies, so ideal for me and my bulk baking. Biscuits which I’ve baked and stored in here have been as fresh as the day I made them a full week later. I’m sure they would remain fresh for several more days to come if my husband and Little Man didn’t eat them all!

At £13 its clearly not the cheapest cookie jar on the market but its the best one I’ve found. It has pride of place in my kitchen and Little Man knows where to find his biscuits. He’s even managed to figure out how to open the jar himself, its that easy to operate.

You can find out more about this jar and the other items in the POP range here, as well as locating your local stockist.