Laughing Pikelets

What little one doesn’t love helping the grown ups in their life cook! This super easy recipe, which can be made while camping, at the beach or at home encourages the special little one in your life to have fun and be creative with food!


1 cup (125g) self-raising flour

¼ tsp baking soda

¼ cup castor sugar

1 large egg, lightly beaten

1 cup (240ml) whole milk

2 tsp cocoa powder

Unsalted butter, for cooking

½ cup (72g) blueberries


Sift the flour and baking soda into a medium bowl then stir in the castor sugar and make a well in the centre.  Gradually stir in the egg and enough milk to create a smooth batter with a pouring consistency.  Measure 2 tablespoons of the batter and place in a small cup.  Add the cocoa powder and beat until smooth and well combined.

Light the bbq or portable stove, or heat an element on your cooktop.

Place a large non-stick frying pan over medium heat.  Add a little butter and when it melts swirl the pan to coat the base.  Pour a dollop of the plain batter into the pan to make a roughly 10cm (4 inch) round pikelet, then use the cocoa batter to add a smile and 2 blueberries to add eyes.  Cook for 1-2 minutes, or until bubbles appear on the surface, then flip the pikelet over and cook for another minute, or until golden.  Use the rest of the batters and blueberries to make more pikelets, adding a little more butter between batches.  Enjoy eating them while they’re hot! 

If blueberries are out of season, use fresh fruit, for example, slices of banana or slices of kiwifruit for eyes, adding them after cooking each pikelet.

Credit:  recipe and images: “Wild Child: Adventure Cooking with Kids” by Sarah Glover