I had an intense pancake craving the other weekend, but had no one to enjoy them with and didn’t want stacks of leftovers. So I thought I’d improvise a single serve pancake recipe partially out of curiosity, and partially because I have no self control and would end up eating the remainders cold, straight out of the fridge.
*oh and yes, the title of this recipe is tongue in cheek. You don’t need to be lonely to make it (I wasn’t). Hell, you don’t even need to be a girl.
I’ve experimented with single-serve dessert before in my Microwave Mug Cake Series so I figured I’d apply the same principles. It’s a pretty flexible recipe, I had fresh blueberries and coconut on hand so I used that, but you can use whatever flavours your heart desires!
- ¼ cup plain flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tbsp caster sugar
- 1 tbsp flavourless oil (I used sunflower)
- ¼ cup milk
- 1 egg
- Maple syrup
- 1 tbsp shredded coconut
- ¼ cup of blueberries
- Ice cream
- ¼ cup frozen berries
- 1 tsp icing sugar
- Sift dry ingredients into a jug and mix.
- In a separate bowl (I just use a mug), whisk together the egg, milk and oil until combined.
- Add the wet ingredients into the dry and stir until well combined. If using additional flavourings, such as berries or coconut, add now and stir gently to combine.
- Lightly grease a non-stick fry pan and heat to a medium temperature.
- Making this mixture in a jug will make it easier to portion out the batter – make this to your preferred size. I made 5 pancakes about 10cm in diameter.
- Cook until bubbles form on surface, flip and cook the other side until lightly browned.
- Serve either with a garnish of extra berries and coconut and a drizzle of maple syrup, or see below for a Cheats Berry Sauce.
- Put frozen berries in a microwave-proof container, cover it with paper towel or a slightly askew lid. Cook on high for 30 seconds until hot and bubbling.
- Add in icing sugar and whisk, combining the sugar and breaking down the berries into a sauce.
- You can add a teaspoon of water and strain this if you want a smooth sauce, otherwise the whisk will sufficiently break the berries down to a thick and delicious sauce.
I added a scoop of my Coconut and Salted Caramel Ice Cream I had left over and it was a winning combination!
Make it vegan – Substitute 1 egg for 1/2 a mashed banana. Substitute milk for soy or almond milk.
Make it healthier – Substitute the plain flour for whole wheat or coconut flour. Omit the sugar and oil and add extra berries for sweetness and moisture.
Make it naughtier – Substitute the berries for chocolate chips. Substitute the milk for ricotta. Add a drizzle of homemade salted caramel sauce
How do you like your pancakes in the morning?