- “Nadiya’s Time to Eat,” the cooking show hosted by former “Great British Bake-Off” winner Nadiya Hussain, was released on Netflix on April 29, 2020, just as people were cooking more due to quarantine.
- I tried her sheet pan pancake hack, and it changed the way I cook breakfast.
- Pancakes are one of my all-time favourite breakfasts, but as the one who cooks, I always end up eating my pancakes after everyone else has already finished.
- Starting with a fairly straightforward pancake batter with peanut butter and jam swirled in, Nadiya’s recipe takes most of the work out, and is now a staple breakfast in my house.
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“Nadiya’s Time to Eat,” the cooking show hosted by former “Great British Bake-Off” winner Nadiya Hussain, is focused on quick and easy recipes, and by the end of April, that was exactly what I needed.
Once thrilled by the prospect of doing all of my cooking at home, I was starting to run out of inspiration. I also wanted to watch something relaxing, and Hussain’s new show checked all of my boxes.
I loved that she wasn’t afraid to use shortcuts and pre-made ingredients in her recipes, and the segments where she travelled to see how some of her favourite foods, like mushrooms, are produced gave a pleasantly educational dimension to the show.
It’s rare for me to watch a cooking show and then immediately want to make the recipes, but that’s exactly what happened during almost every episode.
Several of my friends were already raving about the crispy tortilla-encased egg rolls she makes in the first one, claiming that the recipe was so easy and good, they were making it multiple times a week. However, since I always gravitate towards sweet foods over savoury, I was dying to make her peanut butter and jelly traybake.
It’s ok to take shortcuts when cooking at home
Pancakes are one of my all-time favourite breakfast foods, but since I’m the one who typically does the cooking, I always end up eating my pancakes after everyone else has already finished.
While there is something satisfying about standing over the stove and waiting for each pancake to turn the perfect shade of golden brown, I was immediately drawn to the idea that there might be a better way to make pancakes that feed a crowd.
Hussain’s recipe starts with a fairly straightforward pancake batter. I normally use a ton of butter in my pancakes, but I actually liked that this version omits butter entirely.
The batter came together in one bowl, and in less than five minutes I was pouring it into a baking tray.
The most fun part of this recipe is swirling gently warmed peanut butter and jelly into the top of the batter before it goes in the oven. I was worried that my version wouldn’t look as pretty as the one made on the show, but I exceeded my own expectations.
Twice the pancakes, half the work
While the pancakes baked in the oven, I had time to sit in the backyard and drink my coffee – which normally gets cold by the time I’m finished making breakfast. I felt like I was taking control of my morning in a way that doesn’t typically happen.
The sheet pan pancakes were out of the oven in less than 15 minutes, and for the first time in recent memory, I was able to sit down at the table and enjoy them with my family.
Once the tray was out of the oven, they looked so good that waiting for them to cool was hard. Because they were already covered in gooey peanut butter and jelly, you don’t necessarily need to add butter and syrup, but we did anyway.
The recipe makes a big batch of pancakes, so if you’re only feeding a few people, you will definitely have leftovers. These keep well covered in the fridge, and not only did we warm them up for breakfast again the next day, they also made an excellent late-night snack.
The other thing I love about this recipe? It’s super adaptable. While the peanut butter and jelly variation is amazing, I’ve since swapped them out for chocolate chips, fresh blueberries, and even rainbow sprinkles for a funfetti version.
Like most of the recipes from the show, this one is full of great suggestions, not hard and fast rules – which makes them perfect for busy people cooking from pantry staples.
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