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Pancake Tuesday is nearly here. We asked one of our chefs for his go-to pancake recipe which we’d like to share with you.
If you want to make a healthier and dairy-free version, substitute the milk with oat milk.

Ingredients

  • 100g plain flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 300ml semi-skimmed milk
  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil, plus extra for frying
  • pinch salt

Method

STEP 1
Put 100g plain flour and a pinch of salt into a large mixing bowl.

STEP 2
Make a well in the centre and crack 2 eggs into the middle.

STEP 3
Pour in about 50ml from the 300ml of semi-skimmed milk and 1 tbsp sunflower oil then start whisking from the centre, gradually drawing the flour into the eggs, milk and oil. Once all the flour is incorporated, beat until you have a smooth, thick paste. Add a little more milk if it is too stiff to beat.

STEP 4
Add a good splash of milk and whisk to loosen the thick batter. While still whisking, pour in a steady stream of the remaining milk. Continue pouring and whisking until you have a batter that is the consistency of slightly thick single cream.

STEP 5
Heat the pan over a moderate heat, then wipe it with oiled kitchen paper.

STEP 6
Ladle some batter into the pan, tilting the pan to move the mixture around for a thin and even layer. Quickly pour any excess batter into the mixing bowl, return the pan to the heat.

STEP 7
Leave to cook, undisturbed, for about 30 secs. If the pan is the right temperature, the pancake should turn golden underneath after about 30 secs and will be ready to turn.

STEP 8
Hold the pan handle, ease a pallete knife under the pancake, then quickly lift and flip it over. Make sure the pancake is lying flat against the base of the pan with no folds, then cook for another 30 secs before turning out onto a warm plate.

Add your toppings of choice and enjoy!

Pancake Tuesday recipe

For all of you set on a healthier 2021, we have a beautiful overnight oats recipe to help you get the New Year off to a delicious and virtuous start.

Why Breakfast?

There is plenty of research showing that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and that eating breakfast helps avoid unhealthy snacking. Eating breakfast also helps you focus better. Put it this way, would you send your child to school on an empty stomach? No. So, why would you go to work or get your day underway without fueling your body and brain?

Our recipe is for overnight oats, and for those of you who have vowed to give Veganuary a go, this recipe is vegan-friendly. Hurrah! So it will help you stay on track so you can enjoy a plant-based January.

Why Overnight Oats?

Overnight oats is one of the most popular items on the menu at DASH.

Overnight oats is a great breakfast not only for the health benefits but for the convenience too – they are made the night before, so you can just grab and go in the AM.

Oats are a versatile and inexpensive food that can be tweaked to personal tastes. Oats work great with sweet fruits as well as salt and spices.

Health Benefits of Oats

Oats are high in fibre, helping to keep you feeling fuller for longer and they also help in reducing bad cholesterol and increasing good cholesterol in the body. Oats also contain compounds called avenanthramides, which play a role in reducing inflammation.

Health Benefits of Soaking Oats

Overnight oats are oats that are soaked in liquid for around seven hours. Soaking overnight breaks down the starch and acid present in oats which results in better digestion. Soaking may also help your body utilise more efficiently the nutrients found in oats. Those nutrients are plant-based protein, B vitamins, and minerals including iron, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, copper and zinc.

Vegan and healthy Overnight Oats Recipe - the breakfast of champions

Making Overnight Oats

If for some reason you can’t make it into DASH to get your overnight oats fix you can still kick-off your breakfast, and new year, the right way with this healthy vegan overnight oats recipe.

This recipe makes one portion but it is best to double or triple the amounts so you have a few grab-and-go breakfasts ready.

Overnight oats will keep in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.

Healthy, Vegan, Overnight Oats Recipe

Ingredients

  • 30g whole grain porridge oats
  • 100ml oat milk (or liquid of your choice)
  • 1tbs chia seeds
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • 30g vegan yoghurt
  • 30g of toppings of your choice

Method

  1. In a mason jar, bowl or Tupperware container, combine the oats, milk, chia seeds and vanilla extract.
  2. Depending on preference you can mix the yoghurt in with the other ingredients or layer it on top of the oats.
  3. You can add your toppings now or wait and add these in the morning.
  4. Cover the mixture and place in the fridge and leave overnight.
  5. In the morning, give everything a good stir before tucking in.
  6. Enjoy.

Get Creative with your Overnight Oats

Use this recipe as a base to get started with your own personalised overnight oats masterpiece. When you have the basics down, you can start experimenting with different ingredients, flavours, textures and toppings.

Don’t forget to take a photo of your creations and show us on social media.

Vegan and healthy Overnight Oats Recipe - the breakfast of champions

Rich. Thick. Luscious. The perfect festive hot chocolate is like a hug in a mug. Perfect a cold winter’s day. 

It’s beginning to taste a lot like Christmas…

At DASH, our creamy hot chocolate is a best-seller, and the recipe is a closely guarded secret. Our comforting hot chocolate is served year-round, but during the Christmas season, we spruce it up and make a festive mint hot chocolate. It is deliciously decadent. 

If, for some reason, you cannot make it to DASH, don’t worry, you can still have a creamy, dreamy mug at home. Just follow these simple instructions to make the perfect hot chocolate.

First off, the key to any great tasting hot chocolate is great tasting chocolate. The best chocolate for making hot chocolate is good quality plain chocolate with a minimum of 70% cocoa solids. This gives a lovely intense earthy flavour. However, milk chocolate makes for a sweeter tasting drink and is usually a better choice if you are making the drink for children. We think a 2:1 ratio of dark to milk chocolate strikes a good balance.

To get a lovely richness, make the hot chocolate with full-fat milk and finish off with some pouring cream stirred through and whipped on top. Hot chocolate is not a health drink, so don’t try to make it one. Just indulge and enjoy. A great tasting non-dairy milk alternative is barista oat milk.

Add a vanilla pod and cinnamon stick to the milk and add a pinch of sea salt too. The sea salt makes the chocolate taste more chocolaty. Honestly!

For a more grown-up, spiked hot chocolate, add a tablespoon or two of dark rum, brandy, Drambuie, chocolate liqueur, Irish cream liqueur, Cointreau, Kahlúa or for that festive twist, peppermint schnapps.

As for the toppings, classic whipped cream and mini marshmallows not only look pretty but they add a lovely flavour to the hot chocolate too. Shavings of milk, dark and white chocolate look stunning on top, as too do sprinkles and coconut. Finish off with a drizzle of salted caramel sauce and for a festive flourish, decorate with candy canes.

Decadent hot chocolate recipe – makes two big mugs

Ingredients for a festive hot chocolate

  • 400ml of full-fat milk
  • 100g of chocolate (we use 70g of dark & 30g of milk chocolate)
  • 75ml of single cream
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • Optional (but highly recommended)
  • 1 vanilla pod
  • 1 cinnamon stick (or 1/4 teaspoon of ground cinnamon)

Method

  • In a heavy-bottomed saucepan, over medium heat, warm about one-third of the milk. Add in the chocolate and keep stirring until the chocolate has melted. 
  • Whisk in the remaining milk and the cream and salt. If you are using the vanilla pod and cinnamon, add them in now. For the vanilla, use the tip of a knife to slit the vanilla pod down its centre. Then use the side of the knife to scrape the seeds of out of both have. Place seeds and vanilla pods into the mixture. 
  • Keep whisking the mixture and heat until it is hot but not boiling.
  • If you are adding booze, add it in now.
  • The hot chocolate is ready to serve now, however, the longer it sits, the richer, thicker and more flavourful it becomes.
  • Remove the vanilla pods and cinnamon stick before serving.
  • Pour into big mugs and decorate with your favourite toppings.

Enjoy!

So, now you know what it takes to make the perfect hot chocolate at home. So make it personal and make it special, and you’ll be making it again and again. 

Don’t forget to take a photo of your masterpiece and show us on social media.