Hey, Friends! St. Patrick’s Day is one of my favourite days of the year – it’s the day after my birthday, which means I’m in a good mood – and it’s filled with rainbows and shamrocks and mischief. As chief Leprechaun [I’ve promoted myself as it’s my tenth year in the role, haha] I feel it’s my duty to colour as many food groups with rainbow colours as I can, and throw as much shamrock confetti as our vacuum can cope with. Today I’m planning my St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast ideas!
How to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at Home
On any special occasion that’s happening in our home, my favourite part is seeing their faces when the come down the stairs to see what magical creature or character has done to their living room. They’re still, at 10, 8 and 6 all wide eyed and excited to see what’s been going on.
Christmas and Easter are always magical, but St. Patrick’s day is the one with the COLOUR. Boom. I’ve got garlands and streamers and huge pot o’ gold metallic columns that hang from the ceiling, leprechauns on twirly whirlies… I’ve been collecting for the entire ten years and now I have two huge boxes filled with stuff that I use year after year to make them smile. Usually we have a hunt for the leprechaun and see if he fell into our traps, check the little green door he comes out of for any treats, and then we have a little shamrock party to celebrate. It’s so much fun but this year I decided to go all out because, you know Covid. Life with Coronavirus and without magic is just miserable.
Fun Breakfast Ideas for St. Patrick’s Day
SOo….this year, I decided to add a little fun rainbow pancake breakfast party because they’re at school for St. Patrick’s Day. They’ve had so many cupcake decorating parties, so this rainbow pancake party is going to be a huge hit. What can I say? We loooooove pancakes. This took about five minutes longer than making normal pancakes and it will be so worth it to see their faces. Eek!
St. Patrick’s Day Party Supplies
Our party table was really easy to set up – a green checkered piece of fabric, scattered with card shamrocks, leprechaun gold [green coins], little hats, green moustaches, shamrock flags, and some paint palettes that I keep for letting the kids decorate cupcakes with. I added the little black cauldrons [the same ones I used for the shamrock cress leprechaun pots] and some rainbow confetti. I bought Ginger Ray party rainbow poppers too because there’s nothing like showers of rainbow paper petals to celebrate. I raided my sprinkles collection and filled the little decorating palettes.
How to Make a Simple and Fun Pancake Breakfast Bar
If you’re a frequent visitor, you’ll know that I don’t like to make things harder than they need to be when I’m making fun food – so for the pancakes today I used Krusteaz. We get it in huge bags at Costco and it’s brilliant – just add water, mix and cook for big fluffy buttermilk pancakes. If you want to make your own from scratch, just keep reading.
How to Make Rainbow Pancakes
I’m not a chef, but this is the one we use, scribbled down and used for about 20 years now. I mix it, see what the consistency is like and add a bit more of things if I need to.
Rainbow Pancake Ingredients you will need:
- Gel food colouring in red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple. I use Wilton or PME.
- 200ml buttermilk [you can get this by the sour cream in ASDA now]
- 400ml semi-skimmed milk
- 2 Eggs [I like the brown eggs best]
- 350g Self Raising Flour
- 1 tsp of bicarbonate of soda
- ½ tsp salt
- 2 tbsp caster sugar [granulated is fine too]
- 85g salted butter [you can use unsalted too but we only usually have salted in our fridge]
Fun Fluffy Rainbow Pancakes Recipe for Kids
If I’m cooking, I like to have all of the stages in my head so that I can do things in a proper order and not get myself in a mess. I remember this one as dry, wet, combine, cook, haha. If you’re using Krusteaz, just add water and jump back in at step 5 below.
- So first, we’re going to sieve the sugar, self raising flour, bicarbonate of soda and salt – all of the *dry* ingredients together into your mixing bowl. Make sure there are no lumps!
2. Melt your butter in the microwave [I do it ten seconds at a time and stir] and then heat the milk too – be careful not to boil your milk! I heat it for around one minute.
3. Whisk the *wet* ingredients together – the buttermilk, eggs, butter and milk together.
4. Grab a bigger mixing bowl, add in the dry mixture, and gently combine. Don’t beat them together like you’re in the whisking olympics or you’ll end up with less fluffiness rather than more. You will still have some small lumps about the size of teeny peas, but don’t worry about them.
5. Depending on the amount of washing you want to do, you can use six little bowls and have everything ready to go, or you can use one bowl and wash it over and over. Haha. I used the one so Gav wouldn’t complain; he’s the washing up man in this house.
6. Ladle enough mixture into your bowl for the first colour, or divide all of your mixture between the 6 bowls. Drop a dot of either Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue and Purple food colouring into each bowl you mix – remember, do it gently!
7. Add some butter to your pancake griddle, skillet, or your frying pan, and when melted [be careful not to end up with brown butter] spoon the mixture into the pan over medium heat. Watch for the bubbles to show through the top of the pancake and then flip them. It only takes a couple of minutes per pancake.
8. When the pancakes are cooked, use a cookie cutter to pop mini pancakes out and serve!
Enjoy! Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
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