Fluffy American Pancakes


This is a gluten and dairy free recipe. You can use ordinary self raising flour, cow’s milk and butter for a regular recipe and do omit the Xantham Gum in this case.

Perfect for you and your charges!

fluffy American pancakes


  • 135g self raising Gluten Free flour (I use Doves Farm always available at large supermarkets)
  • 1 tsp baking powder (GF)
  • Pinch of salt
  • 5 tablespoons caster sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon Xantham Gum (Doves Farm)
  • 140 ml almond milk (unsweetened) Use 130 ml if using cow’s milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon sunflower oil (or 2 tablespoons melted butter)


  1. Sift all the dry ingredients into a bowl
  2. Put all the wet ingredients into a jug and whisk lightly
  3. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and beat until smooth ( no lumps)
  4. Heat a large non stick fry pan with a little sunflower oil and when at medium heat. Drop a tablespoon sized piece of batter in the pan, you should get 4 in at a time and when you see bubbles on the surface, turn them over with a palette knife until the other side is nice and brown. You can make bigger pancakes, but watch the heat isn’t too high or the pancakes won’t cook on the inside.
  5. Keep the pancakes warm in the oven until all the batter is used.

To Serve: Dust with icing sugar, Maple Syrup, bacon, berries, bananas, ice cream, or  your favourite!

These pancakes are best eaten straight away.


Health & Safety for Nannies

When you start a new job or if you move house with your family it is vital as the professional in the household to conduct a risk assessment for Health and Safety. Often parents are so used to their surroundings that they do not perceive risk in the same way as a newcomer. It is important that you ensure your workplace is safe for both you and the children you work with. The same applies if you travel with the family to a hotel or villa. Conduct the same risk assessment, it could save your life or theirs. Also, consider vigilance with Health and Safety when you are out and about with children in unfamiliar surroundings, and in car safety as we all know is paramount. This is all part of the general safeguarding of children which every professional nanny should understand is her primary duty to her charges.

We have looked to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (ROSPA) for help and guidance with this information. We follow their recommendations, advice and guidance and so should you. There is a wealth of information on their web site at www.rospa.com it is genuinely shocking how many infants and children are injured and killed at home each year. Please don’t be a statistic! Here are links to the most appropriate areas for your attention:
Bed time www.rospa.com/resources/hubs/keeping-kids-safe/bedtime
Bath time www.rospa.com/resources/hubs/keeping-kids-safe/bath-time
Meal Times and Kitchens www.rospa.com/resources/hubs/keeping-kids-safe/meal-time
Out and About www.rospa.com/resources/hubs/keeping-kids-safe/out-and-about
Playtime www.rospa.com/resources/hubs/keeping-kids-safe/playtime
Babyproofing www.rospa.com/resources/hubs/keeping-kids-safe/baby-proofing

I am sure many nannies already look at risk assessments as an ongoing practice, day to day. However, we can all become complacent, and we at Town and Country Nannies feel that ROSPA can help you protect you and your charges.