Brits in the Bay

Ask Alexis: How to Keep a Sense of Home With Pancakes

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The Bay is our second adventure in living abroad as a family. Before moving here, we lived in beautiful rural Southwest Germany for 2 ½ years where we struggled with language, different food availability, shops not opening on Sundays and all the standard expat issues. 

It is important to us to travel as a family and show our girls new places, cultures and ways of life but it is just as important to show them who we are. We do this by sticking to a few of our family traditions wherever we go in the world. We will always open one present on Christmas Eve (and it will be pyjamas!), on New Year’s Day we will find a hill and go up it, and most importantly on Sundays we pancake. 

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You have probably seen our Pancake Sundays pop up on Instagram and I have received so many lovely comments about how it reminds people of home and of their childhoods and that is exactly what we hope for. We hope to create memories for Poppy and Kenna, not just of all the wonderful places they’ve been and things they’ve seen but of home, wherever that may be. For somewhere to be your home you don’t need to have lived in it for twenty plus years it just needs to be somewhere you feel connected to. Those connections are made by living your traditions. When we think back on places we’ve lived its not the colour of the walls we remember or the tiles in the kitchen it’s the meals we’ve shared and the nights we’ve stayed up too late drinking wine and telling daft stories. As soon as we have our first pancake Sunday somewhere, it becomes our home.

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Do you have any family traditions you like to take around the world with you? Let me know in the comments or share them on insta using #TheBayCollective

For those of you lovely folks that have asked, I have included my recipe for pancakes with this post so you can make your own little circles of joy. I make my pancakes gluten free as that’s how I roll, but the recipe works just fine with regular flour too. It also works well with non-dairy milk too, I’ve tried it with a vanilla almond milk and had no issues apart from them looking a little paler than usual. Also, I thoroughly recommend throwing in some dark chocolate chips and dried cranberries on days when you’re feeling a little fancy… 

Just play around with the recipe as you need to for your dietary needs/wants, I won’t be offended, and I would love to see your creations so snap of pic of your Pancake Sunday (other days may apply too!) and use #TheBayCollective or tag us @BritsintheBay so I can have a nosey.  

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Gluten-Free Pancake Recipe

Ingredients:

240g GF Self Raising Flour 

2tsp Baking Powder 

Pinch of salt

2tbsp GF Porridge Oats

2tbsp Sugar

½ pint of milk of your choice

2 eggs

  1. Sift the flour and baking powder if using into a bowl
  2. Stir the salt, oats and sugar into the flour 
  3. Whisk the egg in to the milk
  4. Pour the eggy milk into the flour mix and whisk until smooth (you will see little lumps, these are just the oats – don’t panic!)
  5. Heat up a greased pan so it is medium hot (you can check it is a good temp by using a teaspoon of your batter and making a mini pancake)
  6. Use a tablespoon to ladle the batter into the pan, if you want bigger pancakes use a bigger spoon! You can do a few at time, just remember to leave a little space between them to make it easier come flip time.
  7. When you see bubbles appearing on the top it is time to flip, the underside will take about half the time as the top.
  8. Repeat until you have used up all your batter. You will need to re-grease your pan between rounds.
  9. Eat, enjoy!
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The batter will last quite happily in the fridge for a couple of days if you want to make a double batch for quicky weekday breakfasts.