Crêpes

Over the weekend I made some crêpes for breakfast. I used the recipe from my Marie Claire “spicy” recipe book – which included a bunch of basics right at the end.

I love Milky Lane’s salsa pancakes and have been ordering it every time I go there since they revamped the menu. This left me craving for one of their sweet menu items, so I thought I might as well attempt my own because I could never be able to duplicate their salsa pancake. I finally got to try them this weekend.

What you need:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 1t baking powder
  • 50g melted butter
  • 300ml milk

Method:

  1. Whisk together flour, eggs, baking powder butter and a pinch of salt.
  2. Slowly add the milk and whisk until smooth.
  3. Allow the batter to sit for a few hours, or overnight.

I was on my last bit of flour (less than a cup) so used self-raising flour instead and eliminated the baking powder.

I left the mixture to stand for an hour before I start frying them. I used spray and cook and sprayed the pan only once in the beginning.


I used banana and cinnamon to fill the crêpes, topping it with chocolate sauce and chopped pecans.

I have to say that they were divine! I was so thrilled with the results – I couldn’t believe I made them. This is definitely gonna be a regular weekend brunch.

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Banana & Berry Muffins

The following muffin recipe required blueberries, but I also chucked in some cranberries. It is not a sweet recipe, with honey being the only sweet ingredient and the dusting of cinnamon sugar at the end. You may (if you wish), add sugar to the recipe.

Switch oven on to 180ºC.

What you need:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2t baking powder
  • pinch salt
  • ½ t cinnamon powder
  • 1 large egg
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 3T honey
  • 3T vegetable oil
  • 2 bananas mashed
  • 1 cup berries
  • cinnamon sugar and strawberrys for garnishing

What to do:

Sift flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. To this add mashed banana’s and berries. Mix lightly with fork until fruit is coated into the flour.

In another bowl, whisk eggs, milk, honey, oil.

Add liquid ingredients to the dry ones. Mix.

Spoon into cupcake tray.
Garnish with a halved strawberrys and dust some cinnamon sugar over it.

Bake for 20 mins on 180ºC.

Chocolate Fondue

A few years ago I excitedly made my first purchase using eBucks – a fondue set. This was after my mother in law got one of those chocolate fountain’s imported. She suggested I get a fountain too, but I didnt think I would use it often enough – and I’d have to buy chocolate by the kgs to get the fountain running!

Since I moved house, I packed this thing away, only remembering about it yesterday. So I searched Food24 and found a simple recipe. Coffecupdiaries suggested I do a cheese fondue – but I was afraid of going overboard, I love dumping cheese over lots of stuff.

Ingredients

  • 100 g quality dark chocolate
  • 100 g quality milk chocolate
  • 100 ml cream
  • fresh fruit and biscuits for dipping

Method:
Melt chocolate in a double boiler and add cream. Pour mixture into a fondue pot over low flame. Dip fresh fruit and biscuits into chocolate. Serves 4. – Food24

I increased the portion slightly and used 300g chocolate.

I used strawberrys, banana and marshmellows for dipping:


This is perfect for a girls night in.

Fruit Smoothie

I felt like eating fruit yesterday and opted for a smoothie instead. I love the M&B ones and decided to give it a go.. but not exactly the same – this one isnt 99% fat free

Fruit Smoothie

Fruit Smoothie

What I used:

2 banana’s sliced
8 strawberry
100ml-120ml low fat milk (I cant bear drinking fat free)
250ml yoghurt
sugar to taste

In a blender, liquidize the bananas and strawberrys. I chopped the strawberrys before popping it in. Then add the yoghurt. I used 2 x vanilla flavours and 1 banana flavour (100g). Blend until smooth. Add sugar to taste. Lastly add milk and give it another blend.

I got this from the Eat In magazine. Of course any fruit can be used, based on your liking. The recipe did say ‘fat free milk’ but I dont do fat free