Waking up in the morning can be a challenge for most of us. And it gets even harder during the colder months. But when there are warm and soft orange rolls to greet you in the morning, you’ll be more than happy to get up early to start making the coffee.
Mums are naturally nurturing. They will happily cook for us and even do the dishes. (My mum would!) So come Mother’s Day, let’s invade the kitchen and prepare something special for our mum. I can’t think of a better way to surprise mine than with a sweet and satisfying plate of waffles early in the morning. (more…)
Unhurried mornings—we all need one occasionally. And what such morning pairs well with is a thoughtful and satisfying breakfast. So when you can make breakfast at leisure, have these delicious Mexican-style baked eggs. With a side of tortilla wraps, avo dip, and sweet corn salsa, this dish is hearty enough to warrant a place on your brunch table. It cooks in less time than you think—just takes half an hour—so you can properly savour your morning.
Which Dad doesn’t love a hearty fry-up for breakfast, complete with bacon, sausages, eggs, mushrooms, tomatoes, beans, and a nice hot cup of tea? And to make your sausages special for Father’s Day, give the Mad Millie Sausage Making Kit a go. Nothing beats homemade snags after all!
If you wake up in the morning and feel like making fluffy buttermilk pancakes but don’t have buttermilk in the fridge, what do you do? Simply make your own!
What is buttermilk?
Traditional buttermilk refers to the liquid left over after churning butter out of cream. Leaving the milk to sit before skimming off the cream creates a naturally occurring lactic acid-producing bacteria which gives the buttermilk a tart taste.
Cultured buttermilk is produced by adding culture to pasteurised and homogenised milk. A version of this called acidified buttermilk is made by adding acid to milk, such as lemon juice or vinegar and leaving for 10 minutes to curdle.
Why does buttermilk make fluffier pancakes?
Buttermilk is an amazing ingredient that works wonders to an otherwise ordinary pancake recipe. Its acidic content reacts with your leavening agent (like baking powder or baking soda) to produce tiny bubbles or gas. These bubbles keep your pancakes light and airy as they cook. Buttermilk also breaks down the gluten in your batter to produce a more tender crumb. Finally, it gives that subtle tanginess and flavour in pancakes that we all love.
While you can easily make fluffy pancakes with store-bought buttermilk, making it from scratch is easy. You only need two ingredients plus a few minutes of waiting.
- 1 cup milk
- 1 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice or white vinegar
- Pour your milk into the measuring jug.
- Stir in lemon juice or vinegar then leave to stand for up to 10 minutes or until milk begins to curdle.
- Use the for your pancakes, pikelets, muffins or cupcakes, scones, cakes, and fried chicken.