Pancakes for one

Pancakes for one

Lately, because I have no time to spare for things like lugging marble around, and clearing up a million props post-photo sesh, I’ve been taking more photos like this,

at the counter top, not my usual spot by the window.

Minutes after making, not days;

Hands on, not “hands off!” (If you have a food blog, you probably know what I mean when I say this, haha)

More like lifestyle shots, rather than my usual side-lit editorial stylie. It’s different and I think I like it.

Pancakes for one

I think it’s because of that morning light that floods the kitchen,

because of the atmosphere,

and how, to me, they’re (and this may sound weird if you’ve never styled food) so utterly honest.

Pancakes for one

No styling involved,

No patch tool used.

Manual everything (apart from white balance because ‘aint no body got time for that, and I shoot in RAW so it doesn’t really matter)

Just me making my breakfast and taking a few photos before devouring it πŸ™‚

I know the pancakes aren’t beautiful, but they’re honest too, if that makes sense.

Cakey and soft, but also hearty and slightly bumpy.

My favourites.

Enough batter to make a nice tall stack of pancakes, enough to linger over.

and healthy enough to not make me feel sluggish and hungry for the rest of the day.

Pancakes for one - recipe

 

Pancakes for one

3 tbsp oat flour
1 tbsp your choice of flour (I’ve tried coconut, whole wheat, buckwheat, all purpose and oat flour)
1 tbsp oat bran/bran/more flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
2 egg whites
3 tbsp mashed banana/applesauce/pumpkin puree/ yogurt
1 tbsp milk, any kind (use 2 tbsp if you used coconut flour)
optional add ins: 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon, 1/2 tsp vanilla extract, 1/4 cup blueberries, 2 tbsp chocolate chips, orange zest

Stir together all the dry ingredients in a small bowl. Add in the rest of the ingredients and any add ins. Mix well.
Spray a non-stick skillet with oil, spoon 2 tbsp of batter into the pan, and spread into a circle.
Golden rule with pancakes: cook them low and slow – i.e. low heat for a few minutes on each side.
Stack them high, and eat with plenty of maple syrup.

 

 

71 thoughts on “Pancakes for one”

  1. I have a late night ahead of me, so it pancakes for one, for me. I love what you got going here, absolutely. No styling. Indeed!! ty

  2. angela@mykikicake

    This looks delightful…I could happily wake up to these in the morning with a few strawberries too!

    1. thank you! Ooh yes, just have to wait for summer time, then I can cover the pancakes with ALL THE FRUIT! πŸ™‚

  3. Sophie {The Cake Hunter}

    I love these photos…they seem much more accessible if you get what I mean. I love the kind of shoots where the food is just how it would be were it in front of you right now. Definitely going to give this pancake recipe a try.

  4. Marta @ What should I eat for breakfast today

    I ike your new style. And it sounds so much faster πŸ™‚ I like this simplicity and pancakes as well.

  5. YES pancakes for breaky are the way forward! Super healthy and keep you filled up til lunch and beyond!
    Loving the ‘au naturel’ style of this post, keep it up x x

  6. What you say about honesty really appeals to me – the food pictures that I’m drawn to are the ones that are honest rather than presenting a hyper-styled version of life. I want to be able to sit down and eat what’s in the photograph in front of me, not worry that I’m going to knock some artfully placed crumbs onto the floor. More power to you.

    1. thanks Kathryn. Yes exactly how I feel! The styled pictures will always be pretty, but I love finding the beauty in the simplicity πŸ™‚

  7. Gemma @andgeesaid

    This looks beautiful! Love that it’s just for one! I definitely like this style πŸ™‚ That first shot is stunning, I was expecting a gif! Haha xxx

  8. These shots are lovely, Izy! I adore the in-the-moment style of food photography. Honest is definitely the perfect word for it. It feels simple and accessible, and does such a great job of making someone almost feel like they’re there, or they could be. It’s the sort of photography I wish I could do, and it makes me feel even more frustrated by my nearly natural light-less kitchen and my complete lack of a dining room table, much less a dining room. (My downstairs neighbors actually have THE perfect little one-window dining alcove in their place, and I’m mega jealous. The trade off for that is a small, horrible kitchen, though, and also a bathroom that looks like something out of a ’50s horror movie, so I guess I’m not THAT jealous.) But anyway, I love love love these pancake shots, with the counter edge and the apple slices, and the hints of other bits and things in the background. And the handwritten recipe totally adds to the awesomeness. (:

    1. thanks so much Carey!! I hardly ever do this kind of photography, but I like it so much πŸ™‚ aww man that sounds like such a good set up (yeah, apart from the kitchen haha, I agree). I just scanned in the recipe from my recipe note book πŸ™‚

  9. Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough

    OK so your honest photos are still 10 bajillion times better than mine would be… *pancake batter in my hair, on the floor, on my cat, on the window… what? but seriously* and they make pancakes look like little breakfast patties of heaven. But I love your approach to this. Yay for (beautiful) honest pancakes!

    1. hahahaha you didn’t see the washing up that I still managed to make! thanks so much πŸ™‚

  10. Jana @ 365 Hand Lettering Project

    You take the BEST pictures!!! I’m in awe every time.
    J

  11. Haha I always shoot at my kitchen counter (I’m lazy like that) so I completely know how you feel. I also love the honest shots. beautiful!

  12. Yea gurl. You go with those lifestyle photos! I love ’em. I can imagine you set a place for me to help you out with a twin stack of delicious pancakes πŸ™‚ I love all your small batch recipes! They’re so perfect for my lifestyle and plus I love pancakes so this is just yay.

    1. I absolutely adore this style of photos! You’re right.. they are way more honest! And I also think it’s really nice for you since you don’t have to make that big of a time effort compared to the ones you make usually.. If you know what I wanna say ;D The recipe sounds very good and it’s nice that it’s the amount for one person! I need to give them a go!
      I also think they would be GREAT for mothers day – a good way to start your mum’s day πŸ˜€ I think I will make them for her, wake her up and surprise her with a nice, pretty and simple breakfast (at least that’s what I wanted my daughter to do on mother’s day for me ;D)
      Keep on doing what you’re doing, Izy! You go girl πŸ˜€

    2. thanks Erika! yep, I love me some single serving recipes!! Collecting them now for when I go to uni and will be cooking for myself a lot more!

  13. And now I want pancakes for dinner. And yeah! So honest! And honestly good-lookin’!

  14. Quality work as always. The light in your photos is so wonderful, the scene is ripe for pancake eating.

  15. Your photos are so gorgeous ! I love the natural light… these pancakes sound just perfect !

    love your blog

  16. The pancakes look gorgeous and I love that it looks like they’re just about to be eaten. Some food photos (not yours) are more about the accessories than the food and I always think it’s a pity. Guess I prefer food to nice dishes πŸ™‚

    1. thanks Rosemary! I always try to stop myself over-propping photos, it can totally detract from the food!

  17. these look amazing, i need to face plant those stat! so fluffy and moist. and how are they not pretty these are the most damn gorgeous things i have ever seen!

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  19. jodye @ chocolate and chou fleur

    I love this natural styling, and, of course, the idea of pancakes for one. So comforting and simple, and so satisfying.

  20. Next time you need to make something, can I suggest MY counter? Because we have plenty of morning sunshine here and erm, you might need help finishing whatever you’re making. I’m also open to action shots being taken of me devouring this stuff. Yeah… πŸ™‚

  21. Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes)

    These pancakes would definitely be for one because I would eat the whole gorgeous stack.

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  23. liz ranger (bubble tea for dinner)

    Oh, those are my kind of pancakes, 100%! I think they look beautiful, and hearty and nutty and home-thrown together for just that kind of morning with a stiff cup of coffee and a lot of fun work to do.

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  25. Just found you through Sorted food, already in love with your blog (:
    I was wondering if I should whisk the egg whites before adding them.. Thanks!

    1. you don’t need to whisk them! just stir them in normally (although you can whisk them and fold them in if you want to)

  26. A bit late to the party here, but I was wondering if rolled oats blitzed in a food processor would work instead of the oat flour. And then would 4 tablespoons of rolled oats = 4 tablespoons of oat flour?
    Thanks!

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  28. I live alone and am gluten free, so when I found this, it was a god send! Oat flour is one of the really easy to get flours where I’m living so the fact that this called for it made it the beeest! I put in chocolate chips and cinnamon and vanilla and they were better than any pancakes I’d ever had! Best breakfast ever! Thanks for the recipe!

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  30. Great pancakes! According to my calculations, the whole recipe has 14 grams of protein and they taste delicious.

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  32. If I wanted to put in oil, what would I substitute out? The yogurt/applesauce/banana ingredient?

    -Lilianna Solum

    1. really not sure about replacing the egg white! I know that the chia will bind the pancake batter but the pancake might be too dense with the chia.

  33. It’s great seeing your fast photos. I adored your old stuff, but they are editorial and must have taken ages. But as a starter in food photography myself, it’s good to see these quicker photos as a contrast. Sweeping away props and styling, they seem more honest and as most of us find we photograph when we have limited resources of props and light. Glad you love UNI.

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