Those of you that follow me on social media will know my eldest is a bit of a worrier. In an attempt to cheer her up on a weekend where she was particularly miserable, I decided to make happiness pancakes for breakfast. I can’t take credit for the recipe. I’m not sure where that came from originally. But the idea associating them with having a happy day is mine.
As I put them on the table, I told my kids that these were filled with happiness. Having them for breakfast means we will have a happy day. Of course, on its own happiness pancakes are not the answer, but they certainly help put the kids in a positive mindset for the day. The breakfast equivalent of a warm hug.
So here they are. Happiness pancakes. This recipe will easily fill up my family of 5.
- 250g self raising flour
- 2 eggs
- 300ml milk
- oil for frying
- food colouring (I used blue, yellow, pink, and purple, but you can use whichever colours you fancy, or have in your cupboards)
- Whisk the flour, eggs and milk together until smooth.
- Divide the mixture into equal bowls for each colour.
- Add your colour to each bowl. The amount you need will depend on the colour you have. Start with a little and add more if you need to.
- Heat the oil in a frying pan. When it is hot, pour in small amounts of batter.
- Cook until the top is almost set, then flip over to cook the other side.
- Serve them warm or cold with whatever toppings you prefer.
I sometimes add raisins to my batter, just to mix it up a bit. You can add whatever you fancy to them. Blueberries, strawberries, banana, grated apple. Or go for a savoury option with some grated cheese, chopped bacon, or spinach, chopped pepper. The possibilities are endless.