Father’s Day Breakfast
It's that time of year where we're sending lots of love to all of the father figures in our lives! You always have the best advice, the best hugs, and the best worst jokes (that we secretly love) and for that we want to say thank you.
Father's Day 2020 is unlike any we've had before, with many of us still unable to give our loved ones the great big hugs they deserve, so we're turning out attention to giving emotional hug instead, by way of some quality time.
This year, instead of giving him another pair of socks he doesn't need, we'll be treating our favourite father figures to a special breakfast instead. The most important meal of the day is getting a Dad-appreciation makeover that can be enjoy together in person, at a distance, or via video chat.
Start by deciding what's on the menu. What's his favourite food to start the day, or what's something he loves but doesn't usually get? We're going with pancakes because they're a great treat and everyone can customise their toppings to be anything they want. Check out our basic recipe for fluffy American style pancakes below.
American Pancake Recipe
· 100g plain flour
· 2 tsp baking powder
· ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
· 1 tbsp golden caster sugar
· 2 large eggs
· 284ml of milk or buttermilk
· 25g butter, melted, plus extra for the pan
· Toppings of your choice!
1. Sift all the dry ingredients together in a bowl. Add the wet ingredients, and whisk together until the two are just combined. The batter should be thick and smooth.
2. Place a non-stick frying pan over a medium heat, until the pan has a nice even heat across the whole surface. Add a little butter or vegetable oil to the pan to help the batter release from the surface more easily (this is recommended even in a non-stick pan).
3. Slowly pour some of the batter into the centre of the pan until it's about 10cm across. Leave for 1-2 minutes, and watch for bubbles forming on the surface of the pancake. If bubbles appear but pop and refill with runny batter then the pancake isn’t ready to flip yet - once they pop and stay open the first side is cooked, and you can carefully flip it over to cook the other side. The second side will need much less time, so use a turner to check the colour and remove it from the pan when it's a light brown shade.
4. Serve immediately with the topping of your choice, or place in a pre-heated oven on a foil-covered plate to keep it warm while you work through the rest of the batter.
If you're at home with your family, or popping over for some social-distancing bonding, don't forget to set the table to make your Father's Day breakfast feel extra special. If you're sending your greetings remotely via video chat, it's still nice to set your respective tables for the occasion, and if you live in visiting distance you could even drop off a care package on their doorstep! Fill a basket or box with table decorations ahead of your breakfast, and a few choice toppings, fancy coffee and freshly squeezed juice. And don't forget a card! You might also want to enlist the help of someone else in the house to help set everything up to surprise him and make it a real family affair.
If nothing else, this year's unusual events will make this Father's Day one for the memory bank!