This week we welcome guest blogger, Gwenlili Jones, from Gwenlili’s Tween Kitchen. Gwenlili is the first, of what we hope will be a series of “real tween” bloggers to add to the Somewhere Between space. Check out Gwenlili’s blog for more recipes and kitchen stories and follow her on Instagram to see daily pictures of healthy foods, homemade treats and lunch box ideas.
Hi! My name is Gwenlili. I am 11 years old and I LOVE to cook delicious treats and meals for friends and family. Six months ago I moved from the United Kingdom to Canada, Vancouver Island, with my family. I have learnt so much over the last few months and decided to share my life experiences and the thing I love most (baking and cooking) with you.
I want children, tweens and teens to to have the opportunity to cook and bake and learn about healthy food (so parents give kids the opportunity, you will be surprised what we can do). My goal is to show kids like me what food is all about.
The best kind is homemade by you!!! You can have fun, experiment with flavours and I guarantee a huge smile when you see your creations and the best part is serving it to the table where your friend and family are sitting so proud of you. Sometimes it doesn’t always go to plan!!! But hey, we all learn from our mistakes.
When I was little my mum would always cook homemade meals every single day, I would watch and help sometimes, she still does and I still watch her. When I was old enough I would peel the potatoes, mix the gooey mixture and if I was lucky, lick the spoon. I have grown to love baking and cooking and can now independently surprise my family with my treats.
My first blog post was my perfect pancake recipe. Pancakes are my favourite morning treat on a Sunday. They are quick, easy, fun and delicious! Pancakes are for any time, breakfast, pudding, snacks, Christmas morning or pancake day. This is great recipe to get started and it is tried and tested and big thumbs up from my brother and sister. There are so many different pancake recipes but this is one of my favourites that I make. I made this with my friend last weekend, breakfast after our sleepover.
My perfect pancake recipe
Makes 6 medium sized pancakes. Or around 15 small pancakes.
Cooking time – 1min each side.
1 1/4 cup wholewheat flour (plain if prefer)
1-2 medium eggs
1 tsp baking powder
1 3/4 cups almond milk or milk
2 tsp light brown sugar
1-2 tbsp salted butter (knob of butter)
Toppings – favourite fruit
Optional – choc chips, marshmallows, syrup, honey, ice cream, yoghurt
You will need a medium sized non stick pan, spatula, mixing bowl and whisk.
1. Mix the flour, baking powder and sugar in a bowl (dry mixture)
2. Add the eggs and the milk to the dry mixture and whisk it altogether until all the mixture is smooth. Don’t over mix you may see few lumps. Let mixture stand in bowl.
3. Put the non stick pan on a medium heat and melt the butter, once melted add to mixture and stir.
I use 2 small pans
TIP: one to pour mixture on then turn it onto other pan to cook other side. You get them cooked little quicker.
4. Make sure the pan is warm (medium heat) before pouring on the mixture.
5. Pour approx. 1/4 cup ( up to you, what size you want, this makes a small pancake) of the mixture on to the pan, tilt the pan to spread mixture a little and let it cook for 1-2 minutes.
6. You will see bubbles appear underneath but not as noticeable with wholemeal flour and the edges will start to dry up, it turns golden brown, when you see this it should be ready to be flipped over, go carefully, I turn onto another pan.
Once it’s flipped, cook for 1-2 minutes or until golden brown.
TIP: for melted chocolate I like to add few choc chips on top of the pancake after it has been flipped and while it’s on the pan or add some banana slices on as well OR last night for dessert mini marshmallows, yoghurt ice cream.
Serve it immediately and add your favourite toppings: berries, lemon, syrup or ice cream or to keep warm use foil. Place the pancakes in the foil and wrap. You can even warm these up on the pan later but taste best fresh.
If you like this recipe please share it. This is a recipe that is simple and easy to do and delicious to eat with your favourite toppings. Visit my blog to see more detailed pictures and other pancake recipes.