French toast aka eggy bread is a great breakfast/brunch treat. When ever I have a loaf of GF bread and some time, I love to have this to start the day. You will fill fuller for longer as you are getting carbs plus protein! It is super easy, pretty fast and can look really fancy.
Whoever came up with pancakes is a genius! I love hot breakfasts because I grew up with my mumma fixing up epic meals to keep me going through the day at school. Breakfast pho anyone? Seriously, I got noodles for breakkie many a time. All my asian friends be jelly. Pancakes are so easy to make, but I’ll be honest you do have to get up a few minutes earlier to prep but if you are super lazy like moi then you prep it the night before and zap them in the microwave to heat them up. I did when I was travelling around America. Too easy my friends so no excuses.
1 cup GF self-raising flour (I use a soy free blend from Aldi)
1 tablespoon sugar (white sugar if you going failsafe)
1 cup rice milk (or you can substitute any other milk)
Extra baking powder (optional)
Oil or butter/nuttelex to fry
Place the flour and sugar in a mixing bowl. If you only have plain flour then add 2 teaspoons of baking powder to make it self raising. Some flour blends don’t rise very much so you can add a little more baking powder to help it along, something along the lines of 1/2-1 teaspoon.
Make a little well in the middle and add the egg and most of the milk and start whisking the liquid around and dragging in little bits of flour at the interface of the liquid and flour as you go. If you go and mix the whole lot in one go then you most likely get lumps so just be patient go slow from inside out and you will save time later trying to get lumps out.
Check the consistency once its smooth, you are looking for a thick-ish pancake batter. Add a bit more milk if it is too thick. Add a bit more flour if you need to thicken a watery batter. My pancake batter usually takes just a tad under 1 cup. If it is too thin it will spread too much in the pan and won’t be thick and fluffy.
On medium heat, pop a bit of oil or nuttelex/butter in a pan and pour some batter on to the size you want. Smaller is easier to flip. When bubbles start to form and it is solid enough to slide around the pan then its ready to flip. Then cook till golden.
For a failsafe option I have it with some golden syrup or dairy free caramel sauce with some pears. Have it any way you like it though! Below I had them when I was doing an amine challenge so I had dark chocolate and bananas. Needless to say I flared like cray so I won’t be doing that ever again! If you can get you hands on Rice Dream ice cream, it is the BEST (also send me a message of where you got it because I can’t find it in Australia)!!!
Pages Cafe has been on my list to visit for a long time as it had rave reviews by a coeliac blogger. She wrote that they are very coeliac and cross-conmatination aware as the manager’s wife also has the condition. Not long after a Groupon voucher came out for breakfast for two at this cafe and I took it as a sign to visit! Pages cafe is located in Koorong Bookstore and opposite West Ryde Station. The place is well maintained, well lit and have plenty of seating outdoors next to the children’s playground.
The voucher was for two breakfasts and two drinks and we were surprised that we were not charged extra for having gluten free meals. I ordered the veggie breakfast (which isn’t gluten free) with a mocha. It was epically large and I struggled to finish it all! It came with wilted spinach, fried tomatoes, a perfectly poached egg, toasted sourdough bread and delicious fried halloumi cheese. To be honest, I only ordered this because halloumi cheese is my weakness… and it was totally worth it! Everything was delicious and I apologise for getting to the breakfast before I took a photo. In my defense I rode my bike to this place…
Half eaten veggie breakkie (Sorry!)
My boyfriend ordered a bacon, lettuce, avocado and tomato toasted sandwich on gluten free bread with a flat white coffee. However, he got to it before I could get a photo in! I guess you would just have to trust him that it was yummo! He did follow up his breakfast with a slice of gluten free almond and berry cake which I was able to quickly snap a photo. It was a large moist slice topped with icing sugar and some strawberry sauce.
Almond and berry cake
They have a lot of gluten free options at this place but unfortunately my boyfriend did feel a little sick later and we were not sure if there was some gluten contamination or it was something else that didn’t agree with his gut. It may have been the decorative sauce or icing sugar from the cake as we forgot to advise the server that he was a coeliac and just assumed they knew.
Another cool thing I found there was that they also do suspended coffees. If you haven’t heard of this yet, it means that you can essentially pre-pay someone else’s coffee. Someone who really needs a coffee and doesn’t have enough money can then go in and ask the counter if there are any suspended coffees available and get one if there is. I have heard many coffee places do this in America.
All in all, the meals here are delicious, good value for money and they have a large range of gluten free options just make sure you are very clear about being coeliac!
***Originally published Jul 2014 on my previous blog***