Christmas Food Traditions

Does your family have food based traditions at Christmas time? Would your Christmas just not feel right without the appearance of certain foods? For as long as I can remember, my family's Christmas has always featured prawns, Nanna's shortbread, cherries, and plum pudding. Without them, Christmas just wouldn't be Christmas. 

We also have the same thing each year for Christmas breakfast - our special Christmas Breakfast Pancakes. Always with slightly different toppings, but always pancakes. It's a special meal for just the 3 of us before the craziness of Christmas lunch with extended family. This year we won't be spending Christmas morning at home, so I'm not quite sure what Christmas breakfast will involve. Instead we've had pancakes a few times over the past week to make up for them.

These banana pancakes don't have quite as much flour in them as typical pancakes might, and they rely on the banana for sweetness and to keep them moist. With 2 eggs per serve, they give a good amount of protein to keep you satisfied throughout the morning. Top them with some fresh seasonal fruit and perhaps a little yoghurt and you'll be set to last until the Christmas turkey lands on the table.

Banana Pancakes

Serves 2 / Makes 4 x 15cm pancakes

2 bananas
4 eggs
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
4 Tbsp plain flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon

Mash banana in a bowl with a fork. Add the eggs and the vanilla and whisk together. 

Whisk the flour, baking powder and cinnamon into the batter. The batter will still be slightly lumpy due to the banana, however there should be no lumps of dry ingredients.

Heat a small amount of butter in a frypan over medium heat. Pour the batter into the frypan, making pancakes of about 10cm diameter. When you start to see bubbles appearing in the surface, carefully flip each pancake, cooking both sides until browned. Repeat with remaining batter.

Serve with seasonal fruit and yoghurt.


Share your own Christmas food traditions below in the comments!