Celebrate Better Breakfast Week with New Zealand Honey and my
Fluffy Porridge Pancakes Recipe!
Breakfast has to be my favourite meal of the day; it’s the only time I get to eat what I really love, and not feel guilty about it! I mean, what other meal of the day consists of crispy bacon, fried eggs, grilled tomatoes, black pudding, fried bread and grilled mushrooms with a sausage or two? What other meal allows you to enjoy bowls of creamy porridge, or baskets of light, buttery pastries with home-made jams and marmalades? And, at what other meal can you sit down to a plate of fluffy pancakes with honey and know it’s JUST so right, and perfectly okay to do so! I have tried “an all day breakfast” and frankly it’s just not the same after 11am! Pancakes for lunch are just wrong and porridge before bed is tasty and filling, but it’s not the same as eating it at the “breakfast” table with orange juice, a freshly boiled egg to follow and acres of hot buttered toast! (Although I DO agree that hot buttered toast is GREAT as a supper or tea dish, in fact, it’s good all day!) I know eggs and bacon are great for tea and lunch, and pancakes make great desserts, but it’s BEFORE 11am that all these recipes come into their own, and pancakes are one of my favourites for “brekkie”.
I am a big Manuka honey fan; in actual fact I have been using this remarkable sweet ingredient since it first became widely available in the UK about ten or twelve years ago…….so, when New Zealand Honey Co sent me some samples of their honey range recently, I was VERY pleased and excited! Manuka honey is well-known in aiding our immune systems – it’s what I reach for when I think I have a cold coming on, or I just fell under the weather. My dad, who suffers from emphysema, takes a spoon in his early morning cup of tea (every day) to help his immune system fight off colds, which may result in him contracting a chest infection. My daughter drinks it with honey when work colleagues start to bring their annual “winter bugs” to work…..but, as well as its amazing medicinal qualities, it is also fabulous on cooking and baking.
The New Zealand Co honey site has lots of information, but I have just copied a few interesting snippets below, and you can read all bout the Bio-activity Rating System here: MANUKA HONEY
Super Healthy Honey:
BOOST YOUR IMMUNE RESPONSE
Research has shown that honey stimulates the immune response of white blood cells, thus it may help prevent infections like sore throats and the common cold.
Honey has a potent anti-inflammatory action, which was recognised by ancient peoples in the use of honey to treat sore throats, skin infections and sunburn. Modern medical research has confirmed this anti-inflammatory activity.
IMPROVE DIGESTIVE HEALTH
A healthy digestive system is essential for general well-being. Honeys feed and boost the growth of the digestive flora (good bacteria), in our intestines. These bacteria help to absorb essential nutrients including calcium, neutralise harmful toxins and strengthen the immune system.
But back to breakfast, and the Better Breakfast Week. What’s it all about? It’s very simple, it’s a new campaign to get Britain to wake up to a healthier breakfast kicks off on Monday 24 September with a Better Breakfast Week of events, special promotions and competitions. The aim of the campaign is to explain why breakfast is important and show how quick and easy it is to create a better, healthier meal to start the day……COUNT me in! And to kick off a series of breakfast recipes I am creating to mark Better Breakfast Week, I have devised a fabulous pancake recipe, Fluffy Porridge Pancakes, made with and served with some delectable Beech Forest Honeydew Honey from New Zealand honey, which is effective as a natural aid for digestive health and well-being – so a great way to start the day then!
Unlike other honeys, whose source comes from the nectar of flowers, this honey is sourced from the sap produced by a small-scale insect that feeds off the beech trees. The sap trickles down the outside of the tree and is collected by bees during early winter and spring, when there is no or little other floral sources for the bees to forage, resulting in a very pure honey with very special properties and flavour. New Zealand Honey Beech Forest Honeydew comes from the untouched, ancient beech forests that stretch along the base of the Southern Alps, in the South Island of New Zealand. There is no other activity here other than beekeeping, resulting in a honey as pure and natural as you will ever find……fascinating stuff and VERY tasty on my pancakes!
Breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dine like a pauper is a well-known phrase but few of us follow the advice. The word breakfast was first used in English in 1463 and literally means breaking the fast. After going 8-10 hours overnight without food, we all need to replenish our energy and restore blood sugar levels, which is why the best possible start to each day is a good healthy breakfast……and I hope that my fluffy pancake recipe, with healthy oats and healthy honey, will tempt you to whip up a batch for Better Breakfast Week as well as for the rest of the year! I have a couple more new breakfast recipes up my sleeve, but in the meantime, you can see what takes your fancy here, on the Better Breakfast Week’s site: Recipes. I quite fancy having a go at this recipe next, especially as I have a jar of Beech Forest Honeydew honey, Beech Forest Honeydew cranachan, with berries, linseed and almonds. That’s all for now, but I MUST tell you that I have exciting news, later today I will be posting a NEW GIVEAWAY, as New Zealand Honey have very kindly offered me £50 worth of their fabulous honey as a prize on my blog…….so, tune in later for that! Bye for now, have a GREAT weekend, Karen
Fluffy Porridge Pancakes with Beech Forest Honeydew Honey
|Serves||4 to 6|
|Prep time||30 minutes|
|Cook time||15 minutes|
|Total time||45 minutes|
|Allergy||Egg, Milk, Wheat|
|Meal type||Breakfast, Dessert, Snack|
|Misc||Child Friendly, Pre-preparable, Serve Hot|
|Occasion||Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving, Valentines day|
|By author||Karen S Burns-Booth|
- 40g (porridge) oats (I used jumbo oats, any oats are fine however)
- 100g plain flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 2 tablespoons honey (I used New Zealand Beech Forest Honeydew Honey)
- 150ml milk
- 1 large free-range egg (beaten)
- a little butter for cooking the pancakes
- New Zealand honey (to serve, I used Beech Forest Honeydew Honey)
Delicious porridge pancakes (large griddle cakes) that are amazingly light and fluffy; these pancakes make a healthy breakfast and are especially delicious when served with real New Zealand Manuka honey. Serve with a little extra butter if you wish, but I am happy to devour these with just a drizzle of honey!
|Step 1||Place the oats into a jug or large mug and add the milk, set to one side to allow the oats to soften and swell slightly,|
|Step 2||Sift the flour, baking powder and a pinch of salt into a large bowl. In a separate bowl or jug, lightly whisk together the milk with the soaked oats, manuka honey and the egg. |
|Step 3||Pour the milk mixture into the flour mixture and, using a fork, beat until you have a smooth batter. Any lumps will soon disappear with a little mixing. Let the batter stand for a few minutes. |
|Step 4||Heat a griddle (girdle) or a non-stick frying pan over a medium heat and add a knob of butter. When it's melted, add a ladle of batter, and two or three more ladles, depending on the size of your griddle or pan. Wait until the top of the pancake begins to bubble, then turn it over and cook until both sides are golden brown and the pancake has risen to about 1cm (½in) thick. |
|Step 5||Repeat until all the batter is used up. You can keep the pancakes warm in a low oven, but they taste best fresh out the pan. |
Serve with Manuka honey, or honey of your choice, with a little extra butter if you like.
Love the pancakes. I have had to hide what’s left of the Manuka Honey from my husband because he just loves it and if I’m not careful it will all be gone and I get none!
Thanks Janice, I adore manuka honey and have been using it (as in tea, coffee, baking and cooking) for some years now….and it’s wonderful just on toast, as well as pancakes of course! Karen 🙂
What Kate Baked says
These pancakes, without a single shadow of a doubt, sure beat my soggy cereal into 1st place in the Best Brekkie competition! I’d leap out of bed any morning to grab a taste of these fluffy treats!
THANKS Kate! I was very pleased with them and Hannah and her friends lapped them up!
Belinda Norrington says
Oh Karen, pancakes are my total weakness, this recipe is being filed straight away, the manuka will make it feel healthy!:) Bx
Thanks Belinda! Pancakes are also my weakness too, and as you say, with manuka honey makes it a healthier treat!
Oh yes Karen. I’m a big fan of breakfast too. Sadly I don’t get to enjoy it very often. I can usually be seen dashing down the road piece of toast in hand as I scurry for my train in the morning. It was such bliss being on holiday in the Scillies and enjoying leisurely, delicious and interesting breakfasts – sigh! I also love honey, it’s such an amazing ingredient, so I shall be looking out for your giveaway eagerly. One day we might get honey from our bees, but it certainly wasn’t this year. Your pancakes look soooo delicious, especially smothered in golden honey.
I knew you would be a pancake and a honey lover too….and I am so pleased that you were able to enjoy leisurely breakfasts on holiday. Why no honey this year? Weather or disease? I am posting the giveaway later tonight! 🙂
Those pancakes look really good! I love pancakes for breakfast but have never tried making them with oats in. Now I’m looking forward to tomorrow morning so I can make some, with lots of honey on top of course!
I loved these pancakes with oats Sarah, they were a little “chunkier” than usual but as you can see from the photos, still light and fluffy!
Laura loves cakes says
Yum…I love honey, I love pancakes and I love porridge…what’s not to like! I wish my breakfast looked like this…a little more exciting than cereal! 🙂
That’s what I thought Laura, porridge and pancakes together with honey – BLISS! Thanks, Karen 🙂
OOoh pancakes are my weekend breakfast treat and these sure look wonderful. I tend to use maple syrup myself but will have to try honey as I love that too. x
Maybe I can make them for for you this weekend Nazima? Looking forward to seeing you at FBC and meeting your lovely family! XXX
These look perfect for taking ‘on the road’ with me. I have to be up early on Fridays for an hour’s drive to get to my Garden Design course; I’ve found it hard to squeeze breakfast in before I go so end up taking lots of fruit. I’ve printed off your recipe and will be making some of these to add to my fruity breakfast … possibly sandwiched together with non-runny Manuka (always a good idea in the winter months) and a few blueberries and banana. Ooh, can’t wait, might have to try some today!
Thanks Caro! And Bon Voyage too…..How is your garden design course going? I have always fancied taking one. What a great idea to make a pancake sandwich with honey and fresh fruit, and why not eh? Let me know if you make them! 🙂 Karen
Hi Karen, Just wanted to say thank you for this recipe. I’ve just made a batch, trialling them for my college breakfast tomorrow; as expected, they taste delicious. I happened to have the same honey in my store cupboard and tried the pancakes both plain (yum) and with raspberries, Greek yogurt and a tiny drizzle of Manuka honey (super yummy.) I’ve written a little post about this very handy treat and linked back to your post. Caro xx
Great pancakes, thank you for posting 🙂
I am glad you like the recipe!
Phil in the Kitchen says
Whatever way you look at it, pancakes are a real treat. These do sound excellent. Of course, they have to be for breakfast, although I have been known to eat breakfast at some strange times of the day.
Yes, I agree, I often have breakfast at night, and as I said before, it is my favourite meal of the day!
yup, breakfast is the best meal… I love it but these pancakes top it all… isn’t the New Zealand Honey amazing? I adore the root ginger one, its beautiful stuff!
I LOVE LOVE the New Zealand honey and yes, the ginger one is sublime!
Fiona Matters says
Porridge and pancakes are two of my favorite breakfasts, but I have never thought of putting them together. I’ve never had that type of honey but might look it out next time I’m looking for some.
Lisa Williams says
Such a clever idea I bet these keep you full for ages 🙂
sophie buckle says
Think this is a fab idea love honey too!
shelley jessup says
Oh great another pancake recipe, Im sure you have gathered by now I cant get enough of pancakes lol
Just starting the 5:2 diet and enjoying looking through your recipes.
Came across the Fluffy Porridge Pancakes – how many calories do you think they are?
Thanks Sonia! I am not sure, but I will see if I can work the calories out for you today, and then post here! If not today, over the weekend! Karen
You have got me with these pancakes! They sound seriously good! And Manuka Honey is always in my cupboard (it does help to be on this side of the world)!