What's my secret? The bags under my eyes will soon tell you that I hold no such secrets, especially when it comes to the littlest of our lads .
But I will openly admit to bribing the other two lads at least once a week. I tuck them in tightly, tell them a story, sing them a song... then tell them that if they sleep all night and stay in their own beds, I will gladly make them pancakes in the morning.
It works. Although I'm mindful of not overusing the incentive, I don't want the magic to wear off and who can be bothered making pancakes every day? (though if all three slept all night, I would happily make them pancakes with chocolate and unicorn dust and whatever else their little hearts desired!)
So I've been refining my pancake recipe over the years and will share with you my favourite, it has oats in it, which I find keeps tummies filled for longer. Also very adult-friendly!
3/4 cup oats
1 1/2 cups buttermilk (which I rarely have in the fridge, feel free to use a blend of yoghurt and milk)
3/4 cup wholemeal plain flur
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon bi-carb
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 egg, beaten
Mix the oats and buttermilk in a bowl and rest for as long as possible.
In another bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, bi-carb, nutmeg and salt.
Add the egg and mix with the oat mixture.
Melt some butter in a frying pan and put in a dollop of mixture, frying until bubbles start to form on top and then flip. Repeat until the mixture is all gone.
Adorn with fresh fruit, yoghurt and maple syrup.