My boyfriend doesn’t get it and thinks I have strange tastebuds, but I literally can’t get enough of this smokey, salty and sweet combo.

I think most people would agree, but breakfast is one of those meals I could eat all day every day. Give me avocado on toast for breakfast, lunch and dinner and a side of sweet maple syrup pancakes with an array of toppings on the side! I’m even a sucker for all-day smoothies. Breakfast is much more fun than any other meal in the day, and having a sweet tooth makes breakfast basically an all-day-dessert.

For anyone that follow’s me, you’ll know that I live by a gluten-free diet. I’ve nailed down a fair few basic recipes that make gluten free cooking/baking as a simple as throwing a few bits in a pan and magicking up a dish, that even my partner doesn’t batter an eye lid at.

Denhay Bacon and Maple Syrup pancakes

Fluffy Gluten Free Pancake Recipe.

135g gluten free plain flour

1 tsp gluten free baking powder

1/2 tsp salt (optional)

2 tbsp Lincolnshire honey or syrup

130ml whole milk

1 large egg

2 tbsp melted butter or coconut oil

Method.

Combine the flour, salt and baking power through a sift and into a bowl. Melt the honey or syrup and add to the dry mix .

In a separate bowl, whisk the egg, melted butter and milk before combining with the flour mixture to make the batter.

This can be made the night or an hour before serving up your pancakes.

Place a pan on a medium heat and add a little extra butter or coconut oil to the pan. Ladle in the batter and cook until the top of the pancakes start to bubble. Turn and continue to cook until golden.

To serve.

Pancakes are one of those great bases that you can serve pretty much anything with. This morning, I’m serving mine with syrup soaked blueberries, fresh strawberries and a rasher or two of Denhay’s Wiltshire Cured Smoked Back Bacon for a delicious sweet, salty and smokey combo!

I always make my toppings pre-pancake flipping, but you can pre-make and reheat your pancakes if you’d rather.

For the blueberries & maple syrup, I batch make this and then seal it up in a jar and enjoy over yoghurt and granola for a mid week morning pick-me-up. Pour half a bottle of Canadian maple syrup into a sauce pan and add 1 punnet of blueberries. Bring to a boil and immediately reduce down the heat, leaving to simmer and cook for 10-15 minutes.

Available in Waitrose, Denhay’s Wiltshire Cured Back Bacon is gently smoked over hickory and beech woods. Using a curing method which dates back to 1840’s, a special live brine is used for curing and to draw out the uniquely delicious flavours to this traditional style smoked bacon. Simply place onto a baking tray and cook for 10 minutes at 180ºc for well done, slightly crispy bacon. You can throw it in a frying pan, but I find cooking it in the oven is less hassle and gives me time to get an extra coffee on the go!

To serve, simply stack your pancakes as high as you like em, layer between rashers of Denhay’s Wiltshire Cured Thick Smoked Back Bacon and drizzle over the maple syrup and blueberries and serve with a side of fresh strawberries.

If you’re not a fan of blueberries, the bacon and syrup is just as delicious on its own and to shop Denhay’s full range of bacon, head over to Waitrose where it’s currently on offer.

Denhay Maple Syrup and Bacon Pancakes
Bacon and maple pancakes

What I love about this bacon by Denhay is their conscious effort to include a recyclable aspect in their packaging. It’s something that a lot of brands are talking about, but haven’t yet made the plunge. As a part of running the hotel, I’ve met the most incredible lady who I won’t name, but she works for a company based down south that creates completely recyclable packaging and has contracts with the big player supermarkets and global companies too. From talking to her, I completely understand the cost for a brand to commit to changing their ways when it comes to the packaging. For many, it’s a case of being tied into long term contracts with suppliers, or commitment to £100,000’s worth of machinery, which is purpose built to work with old-style packaging. Other contributing factors fall down to the minimum standards required from packaging, especially when dealing with raw meat products.

Denhay have identified the harmfulness caused by the use of black plastic packaging, and whilst the meat industry has its hands tied for now, until a new innovation to completely replace plastic comes along, this brand have consciously changed their packaging, to still look beautiful, emphasise their delicious product and showcase their branding. The clear plastic tray is made from 25% recycled plastic and are steps ahead other bacon brands.

Bacon maple syrup pancakes, Denhay

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