I love cooking and my kids love joining in. Not all recipes lend themselves to cooking with kids, but there are some you can adapt. I’ve teamed up with Worktop Express to bring you this simple banana and chocolate chip pancake in the shape of a sunflower. It’s everything a children’s recipe should be: quick, easy, made with chocolate.(!)
In our house, pancake day is a massive deal. Accidental Hipster Dad absolutely adores it, he’s even got the T-shirt!Alas, he won’t share his recipe with me, so I’ve had to make my own. I consider mine to be prettier and more child friendly anyway!
- 140g plain flour
- 130ml milk
- 1 large egg (beaten)
- a pinch of salt
- cooking oil to fry (sunflower or vegetable oil is fine)
- 2 medium bananas
- milk chocolate chips
If your child is old enough to follow instructions, get them to sift the flour into a bowl and whisk everything together. If your child is a bit young, I would suggest helping them to sift the flour then take over.
Heat a small amount of oil in a frying pan and then pour a small amount of the mixture into the frying pan. I went for a size a little bigger than the palm of my hand. Flip after about 40 seconds (you can use a spatula if you’re not feeling fancy.
While you’re frying the pancake, your child can get the banana ready.
My daughter is 9 so I’m happy for her to cut with a normal table knife. If you’re not so confident leaving your child to cut, I’d do this bit before you fry the pancake.
To get the right shape for the banana pieces, cut the banana into thirds then half each of those. You’ll be left with six pieces and should cut those into 4 thin strips, then repeat for the second banana.
When your pancake is ready, let your child sprinkle the chocolate chips on it. While the chocolate chips melt, lay the banana pieces around the edge of the pancake to make the petals.
After the photo was taken, we put the banana on top of the chocolate and gave it a second pancake as a lid. It was the best thing ever (and I’m not even exaggerating).
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