When it comes to special occasions I am all about the small details and the little things you can do to show your loved ones how much you care. It doesn't have to be a big grand gesture or something expensive but rather a home-made card or breakfast in bed, which is always my preference over anything else, so for this Fathers Day I have planned something a little extra special.
Both John and I are big coffee fans, I mean who isn't when you have kids, hello caffeine! We have been trying to refine the art of coffee making at home and I recently upgraded our ageing coffee machine to a Krups Nespresso Prodigy & Milk coffee machine and will hopefully master latte art soon but for now I thought I would put something quick and easy together for Fathers Day as I know I will be short of time with the two kids running around wanting to help.
Pancakes in our house is a regular thing on Sunday mornings so I thought I would get creative with my go-to American style pancake recipe by adding a shot of espresso for a morning kick and it actually worked really well topped with some lightly sautéed banana and some maple syrup. John being an espresso lover I thought I would serve this up with a Vanilio espresso Con Panna which is basically a vanilla flavoured espresso topped with whipped creme and chocolate sprinkles. Nespresso also do a Ciocattino (chocolate flavoured) or a Caramelito of which both would work well in place of the Vanilio Grand Cru.
Gluten Free Coffee Flavoured Pancakes
200g gluten-free flour
1 1/2 baking powder
1 shot of Grand Cru espresso
100g greek yogurt
1 tbsp sunflower oil
Mix the flour and baking powder together then add the eggs, milk, espresso shot, yogurt and oil. Blend altogether into a smooth batter.
Lightly grease a large frying pan and drop spoonfuls of batter and cook for 4-5 mins, turning once.
Batch makes around 24 pancakes. Serve topped with lightly fried banana and maple syrup.
These pancakes along with the Vanilla Espresso Con Panna turn breakfast into something really amazing. The best thing about having a Nespresso machine at home is being able to make espressos at the touch of a finger, well in our case your can even connect your phone and do it via your mobile, so adding the shot of coffee took no extra time at all. So why not give them a go this Fathers day because honestly who doesn't like a lazy breakfast in bed, I know I do!
I was invited by Debenhams to create a coffee inspired recipe for Fathers Days, they provided me with the Krups Coffee machine. Personally I would buy this machine as it's amazing, easy to use and makes delicious coffee and would recommend it - this 100% my own opinion.