Christmas morning is very special in our house. Having gorgeous children means that Santa is very generous. By the time the first rays of sun have started to light the sky, the kids are happy opening presents and playing with their toys. Once the initial excitement of Santa has worn off we usually have a special breakfast.
Anais enjoys making pancakes so she has already let me know that we will be making Christmas Berry Pancakes for breakfast. She also suggested that we make everything ahead of time so that preparation is simple on Christmas morning. (what a girl!)
When Anais and I were planning our menu it occurred to me that I have the best ever pancake recipe. It’s basic, easy, and never fails. So I thought I should share it with my lovely readers.
I was recently asked to sample Flora Pro-activ spread so I thought I would try a switch from butter to Flora in this recipe. Flora Pro-activ includes plant sterol which helps lower cholesterol. I figured since we are in the season of excessive consumption it might be prudent of me to try a cholesterol reducing product. Perhaps it would balance some of my not so healthy food choices.
I was surprise to find that Flora Pro-activ is the No. 1 cholesterol lowering spread recommended by doctors. Just 25g (1 rounded tablespoon) a day of Flora pro-activ, contains 2g of plant sterols, and has been found to lower cholesterol by 10% in just three weeks.
Cholesterol aside, I’m sure regular readers would know it’s all about the taste! So how does it taste? I purchased the Flora Pro-activ Olive Spread which includes olive oil. It’s lovely and smooth and easy to spread. Most pleasingly it doesn’t have the artificial flavour I expect from non butter spreads.
- 1 1/2 cups SR Flour
- 1 t/spoon baking powder
- 2 Tb/s caster sugar
- 2 eggs
- 60gm melted Flora Pro-activ
- 1 cup milk
- Berry Topping
- 250gm mixed berries
- 1/3 cup caster sugar
- Combine eggs, milk and butter in a 1 litre jug and use a stick blend to combine.
- Place all the dry ingredients on top of the liquids and use the stick blender to mix until smooth.
- Refrigerate for at least 20 minutes. (Can be refrigerated overnight. But if preparing for cooking the next day add the baking powder to the mixture just prior to cooking in the morning)
- Chop mixed berries and place in a bowl.
- Sprinkle the sugar over the berries and stir.
- Place the berries in the fridge and allow to macerate. This will produce soft sweet fruit with a delicious fruity syrup.
The Christmas Berry Pancakes makes a fantastic centrepiece on the breakfast table. We pile each pancake high with fruit and use some of the fruit syrup to add sweetness.
Tomorrow I have another pancake recipe for you which uses a delicious Macadamia Maple butter piled high with bananas. I used the Flora Pro-activ instead of butter. Even though it was the central ingredient no one could tell I had made the switch.
What do you like to have for breakfast Christmas morning? Or do you save your belly space for lunch 😉
I’m getting excited, only 3 more sleeps until Santa comes!
Gourmet Getaways has been asked to sample Flora Pro-activ and prepare a recipe to showcase the product. The opinions contained in this review are written without bias and in accordance with Gourmet Getaways’ disclosure policy.