Food / 28.10.2015

Better Breakfasts: Fern Britton’s mushroom pancakes

By Roisin Dervish-O'Kane
Delicious any time of the day

Mushroom breakfast pancakes

Mushrooms are a great shout for your morning meal. As well as filling you up whilst adding minimal fat or calories, they also pack in vitamins B2, B3 and B5, which help keep you pepped up.

Mix up your #avotoast brunch with TV presenter and mum-of-four Fern Britton’s mushroom pancakes. If you’re veggie (or heeding the WHO’s recent processed meat warning), you can lose the bacon and still enjoy a flavourful and super-satisfying meal.

2-3 tbsp butter
400g button mushrooms, finely chopped
225g self-raising flour, sifted
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
200ml milk
1 egg, whisked
100g tinned sweet corn, drained
50g grated cheddar cheese
Cooked bacon and poached egg, to serve, optional

1. Melt half the butter in a large non-stick frying pan over medium heat until hot. Add mushrooms and cook until tender. Spoon mushrooms into a sieve and set aside over a bowl to cool 10 minutes.

2. Place the flour and bicarbonate in a large bowl. Make a well in centre. Add milk and egg. Mix until the batter is smooth. Stir half the cooked mushrooms and all the corn and cheese into the batter, mix gently to combine.

3. Wipe the frying pan clean and heat over medium heat. Brush with a little of the remaining butter. Spoon a small ladleful of batter into the pan, cook 2-3 minutes until bubbles appear on the surface. Turn pancake over and cook a further 4-5 minutes, or until cooked through. Transfer pancake to a clean tea-towel and cover loosely to keep warm while making the remaining pancakes.

4. Serve topped with remaining cooked mushrooms, add bacon and a poached egg if desired. They are also delicious topped with mushrooms and a dollop of reduced-fat cream cheese.

Fern Britton is supporting the Just Add Mushrooms campaign, to promote the purchase of fresh mushrooms in the UK and Ireland. For more information and lots of tasty recipe ideas, visit

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