Bread scares me. Not the finished article, I don’t have an irrational fear of a crusty baguette. But the making of it fills me with bread dread. Kneading is not my forte and the time required to prove this, prove that, prove you’re a good enough baker… *Sigh*.
Which explains to some extent why I’ve fallen very behind in my Bake Off Challenge bake-along. I’ve been dodging week 3: Bread Week.
So I thought I’d double up and do two week’s worth in one go for Monday Munchies.
And don’t you just love the title? I do. Except it’s a lie as I didn’t make brioche. And yes I know it’s ‘Binoche’ but the former worked better. It does have chocolate in it though!
And the battered part? Well, that covers week 4 – a first for Bake Off with Batter Week. I am definitely earning my bread and batter… (sorry).
Gingers get a bad press. Mercilessly teased for their flaming tresses or expected to unleash fury at every opportunity, they have been subjected to negativity for eons!
I’m not sure she helped their cause either…
But like Hermione, I love a good ginger and that goes for the real ‘ginger spice’ too. In both savoury and sweet dishes, I adore its warming, tangy flavour, that is full of health benefits – I have often nibbled on stem ginger to calm a queasy stomach or prevent hunger pangs.
However, the smell (and taste) of ginger sweet treats is synonymous with Christmas for me – you can’t have Christmas without a ginger bread house! So whilst my culinary skills may not extend to creating Kings Landing or this full-sized Hansel and Gretel style house in San Francisco, I do have some delicious ginger imbued muffins for this week’s Monday Munchies.
I have S to thank for this week’s Monday Munchies, after he discovered it whilst browsing Facebook.
‘Ah… Mmmm… Hmmm?’
This undulating offering of sounds indicated he’d found something of interest, as he turned his phone to face me. What I saw looked like fried eggs in a muffin tin. Closer inspection showed it to be more of a poached variety, that had been ‘filled’ with other tasty ingredients.
‘Oooh, I’ll have a go at that for breakfast.‘ It was decided!
Of course, when it came to me wanting to prepare them a couple of days later, we couldn’t find the post or remember who had shared it. It didn’t matter, because the revamped Google was at hand and it turns out there are loads of these tiny tin treats about! In fact, one article I read referred to them as very ‘Pinterest-y‘. The age of the Hipster just loves everything in miniature!
Omelette for breakfast? Or some pancakes? How about a bit of both, because that’s what you’re getting this week on Monday Munchies, as…well…I messed up. Just a little. But as the voice of my Nana went round my head, saying such things as, ‘It all goes down the same way’ or ‘Waste not, want not‘ I made do, mended and decided that actually all was good in the end!
Let’s start at the beginning shall we? I wanted to make pancakes for breakfast as I still had some of the strawberry coulis I’d made for last week’s cheesecake to use up. However, as wonderful as pancakes are, they’re not very healthy are they? More of an indulgent breakfast which, when coupled with a pouring of sugar drenched strawberry sauce, as a mid-week treat are a little too naughty!
So I looked about to see what healthy alternative recipes there were and found a few oatmeal variations, requiring neither sugar nor flour, using bananas instead. Ingredients at the ready, I prepared my pancake batter and dutifully dolloped it into the pan, only to be presented with not perfect circles of joy but rather, a mush! However, I’d made them, I was hungry and I had to at least give them the benefit of the doubt and sample them!
As with most of my culinary fails, they tasted good, just didn’t look as amazing as they should. We can’t all be perfect though can we and as cooking success goes, last week’s cheesecake magnificence is certainly in the minority! I decided to spin this mush into looking more like an omelette and I will be totally going with this angle for future incarnations of the recipe (Shhh! I won’t tell if you won’t!)
Therefore, I give you…drum roll please…
Oatmeal and Raisin Bana-NOM-lette!
Packed full of vitamins, protein and fibre they really are quite yummy and filling. The oats give a chunkier texture, almost like a little plate of fried porridge (just go with me on this, it’s satisfying, not at all as grotty as that description may seem!) and the bananas more than compensate for no added sugar with their natural sweetness. Hurrah!
I’ve also added a traditional pancake recipe for you, filled with cranberries and apple (the first pic). You know, just to prove I can make regular breakfast fuel!
Next week, as I shall be away, I have decided to schedule a post to share some of my favourite recipes I’ve found from other bloggers over the last month or so. If there are any you would like me to share and link back to promote your own site, you can email them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I intend to do this perhaps once a month, so if I am unable to share this time, I’ll hopefully be able to do so in the future. It’ll be like a Monday Munchies afternoon tea party!
Until then, I hope you enjoy the NOM-lette! Happy breakfasting 🙂
WHAT YOU’LL NEED: Oatmeal Raisin Bana-NOM-lette
2 ripe bananas.
1/2 cup porridge oats.
1/2 tsp baking powder.
Tbsp Greek yoghurt.
Large handful of raisins.
Fresh fruit / sauces to serve (optional).
Cranberry Apple Pancakes
1 cup self raising flour.
1 cup of milk.
1 large egg.
1/2 cup cranberries and dried apple.
Pinch of salt.
METHOD: For both batters, stick everything (except the raisins / cranberries / apple) in a blender or whisk until smooth (mash the banana first if doing this by hand). Allow the oatmeal batter to sit for 10 minutes to thicken slightly. Ladle spoonfuls into a pan, adding the extra fruit, and fry until golden on each side. Serve with drizzles of maple syrup, strawberry sauce or anything else good with pancakes.
Oh, one more thing. If you manage to pull off circular oatmeal pancakes instead of scraping out an omelette mush we can’t be friends anymore. Just saying… 😉