Rick Thomson’s WOW LOOK AT THAT Breakfast Treat Recipe

Written by Thomson Safaris

breakfast recipe from rick thomson

At Thomson Safaris, we’re big on food. From the soups on safari and the decadent desserts on Kili, to the coffee and lunch spreads at Gibb’s Farm – food is often as much a part of the experience in Tanzania as the wildlife and landscapes.

But it doesn’t stop there – at the Thomson Safaris office in Boston, our daily lives are mostly centered around sharing good food and drink with our colleagues. And with all of our staff working remotely due to COVID-19, we’ve been missing our potluck parties and group snacks. So we started sharing recipes over email for everyone to make on their own. It’s not quite the same, but at least there’s food!

The below recipe comes from one of our beloved owners, Rick Thomson. He shared this breakfast concoction with such enthusiasm, we just couldn’t keep it to ourselves. And, well, after 40 years of leadership, we’re not about to start doubting him now!

The recipe is below, with Rick’s commentary and instructions in italics, so you can enjoy it just the way he intended!


This is a breakfast thing that will put a smile on your face and probably make you shout out crazy stuff. At a bare minimum, even on a slow, COVID-19 day, you will go “WOW LOOK AT THAT!”. Plus it’s super easy. Do it this weekend!


  • 2/3 Cup Flour
  • 1 Tbsp Sugar
  • 2/3 Cup Milk
  • Pinch of Salt
  • Pinch of Cinnamon (Not really important, but do it if you have it!)
  • Pinch of Nutmeg (Not really important, but do it if you have it!)
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1 Tbsp butter


  • 10 inch Cast Iron Pan (You need one of those old style cast iron frying pans. It’s worth borrowing one from the neighbor if you don’t have one!)
  • Whisk
  • Bowl for mixing
  • Wooden board for removal


  1. Preheat oven to 450°. Place the cast iron pan in the oven to warm up.
    Yes, 450°! You need a REALLY hot oven.
  2. Whisk all ingredients together in a bowl.
    Chuck it all in. Whisk it all up into a batter – you can use a beater, or hand whisk, or fork…whatever you have!
  3. When the oven reaches temperature, remove the pan and add butter until it melts.
    Let that nice big lump of butter melt all over. You can push it around so the butter covers the bottom and sides a bit.
  4. Pour all the batter into the pan and return it to the oven. Cook for 15 minutes.
    Not 14. Not 16. Cook it for 15 minutes, got it? Don’t go sneaking looks. It’s fine and it’s doing its thing. So keep away!
  5. When you remove it, place the hot pan on a wooden board.
    This is the bit where you shout out crazy stuff because you are amazed.
  6. Serve onto plates with butter, maple syrup, alongside bacon and eggs, etc.
    Serve anyway you like. Adding more butter and maple syrup is a good way to go! Have fun with it!