Flip for fun on Pancake Day

Flip for Fun on Pancake Day Tuesday 17th February 2015

Creative Cooking Inspiration for Pancake Day
Cooking is not only a fun, engaging activity for children, but an important tool for learning and development across all the Early Years Foundation Stages.

Social – Emotional Development: Cooking is a hands on experience for children, it helps develop their confidence while also encouraging them to learn to follow directions and complete the recipe for their baking.Physical Development: Muscle control and eye-hand co-ordination is also developed through skills such as chopping, mixing, and peeling ingredients together.Language Development: A group opportunity for language development, it can encourage group discussions and sharing best practice amongst children. It can inspire curiosity and questions about food groups.

You can involve so many different subjects into creative cooking like Maths, Science, Art and Literacy. Why not have a go with your child at home and see how creative you can be!

Pouring Batter Basic Recipe
100 g (4 oz) Plain Flour
Pinch salt
1 medium egg
300 ml (½ pint) milk (or milk and water)
1. Mix flour and salt in a basin, make a hollow in the centre and drop in egg.
2. Stir with a wooden spoon and add liquid gradually, until all the flour is worked in.
3. Beat well and add remaining liquid.
N.B. The consistency should be like single cream.
Method.

1. For each pancake, heat a small amount of oil in the frying pan. When it begins to smoke, stir the batter and place approximately 3 x 15 ml spoon (3 tbsp) into the pan.
2. When golden brown underneath, turn and cook other side.
3. Serve with, lemon or orange juice or create faces with a selection of healthy colourful fruits.
N.B. Pancakes keep well in the refrigerator or freezer

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