It’s that time of year again when the darkness falls earlier and the days grow cooler. This can only mean one thing; Halloween and Christmas are growing nearer. I love Halloween, I have always loved it. It’s the time of year that special treats are made and we have more magical family moments in the making. Not that every day isn’t special, but I love how young kids get so super excited by Halloween and Santa Claus.
Every year we spend the week before Halloween decorating and eating fun foods and spending extra time with our loved ones. With Covid things got thrown off balance a little. However I worked extra hard last year to create new fun foods so that even when it was just the two of us, a little bit of magic happened.
These spider web pancakes are out of this world spooky and yummy and cool (my son’s favourite new word is cooooool). Using just your normal pancake mix, you can whip up a batch of these and everyone, adults included, will love these. I like to make a spooky breakfast or put together a Halloween platter with these, but also love popping them in the school lunch box for something different.
SPOOKY SPIDER WEB PANCAKES
- 1 large banana
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 cup of flour
- pinch of cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp vanilla (essence or paste, whatever you have)
- oil for cooking, I use spray oil for pancakes
Pop all the ingredients in a blender and whiz until smooth. Pour the batter into a piping bag (you can use a sandwich bag if you have no piping bags). You need a piping bag with a very tiny hole at the tip. Cut a tiny bit of the tip off, you can always make the cut bigger but you can’t make it smaller, so start tiny. This allows you to be able to control the batter as you squeeze it onto the hot pan. If the hole is too big then the batter will just pour out and you won’t be able to control it.
Place a frying pan over a medium/low heat and once warm, add a spray/drizzle of oil.
Start to pipe the batter into a star shape for the frame.
Next add the ‘capture spiral’ by either creating circles around the frame or by looping up the tips of the frame.
You can make large or mini webs for different uses, the mini webs are great for lunch boxes.
Once the pancake is piped, it will be almost time to flip it. They take no time at all to cook as they are so thin and not solid like regular pancakes. No need to wait for bubbles to form. Flip once the bottom has browned nicely.
Cook for a further 30 seconds to 1 minute of the other side and then remove to a place and continue to create spider webs in your pan until the mix is all used up.
To serve, decorate with toy spiders and drizzle with maple and add black fruits for a more errie feeling.
I also like to serve these as part of a grazing platter before trick or treating.