Friday, 11 March 2016

Banana Pancakes

Can you have a weekend without banana pancakes? You can try but I'm not sure it's going to be 'the perfect' weekend - a platefull of banana pancakes will always, absolutly always make it just right!

At the moment the internet is full of the 'healthy option' for them - the 2 egg/1 banana recipe. So, I thought, why don't I give it a try and feel like I'm being just a little bit flour, no baking powder, no refined sugars, in fact during my recipe readings, I came across some very health conscious people who are just using egg whites and banana - but I really can't bring myself to do that - they are after all, pancakes for goodness sake you need a little richness to them!

So, I gave it a try and well, it was ok, but to me it just tasted like a banana omelet. I then had another go and with a few little adjustments and tweaks, a pinch of this and that, I made something I think is tastier and more of a weekend, lazy Sunday morning, treat - I hope you agree.....

Recipe - enough for two
2 small ripe bananas - or one large
2 eggs
half teaspoon vanilla paste
pinch sea salt
pinch cinnamon (optional)

to serve - all these are optional.....
More slices of banana
maple syrup
double cream
scoop of vanilla ice cream

Break the banana up in to rough chunks and place in a mixer bowl.

Mash the banana with a wooden spoon until creamy but with a few lumps - just to give it texture. Don't try to do this with a mixer - the banana lumps just whizz around and then fly across the kitchen - trust me on this ......... in fact, I think they may still be some banana under one of the counters! - I really miss our dog when I have these little kitchen episodes!

Once you have a good banana mash, add the eggs, break them up with the wooden spoon and then you can start the mixer and whisk it all together.

I used the big balloon whisk on my mixer to incorporate loads of air just to make the pancakes fluffy and light. Whilst whisking add the vanilla, salt and cinnamon. You can do all this with just the wooden spoon or a fork if you wish - I just like using my mixer.

Now the tricky bit. The batter is rather runny so, unless you want a big flat mess, you need to do a few things before and whilst your cooking them. First off you need a griddle or heavy based, non-stick pan. Lightly grease with a little oil or butter and then heat. You want your pan to be hot when you add the batter.

With your pan nice and hot, you can start cooking. Add a tablespoon of mixture to the pan and let the mixture spread out and seal. Once you happy it's stopped spreading add anther tablespoon - gently spoon it onto the centre of the pancake. Leave to cook for about a minute and then flip over. It will still be liquid in the middle so you may get a few runs but be firm and decisive and you should be ok. Cook for another minute and then pile them up on a hot plate, cover in foil, whilst you cook the rest.

I managed to get 10 pancakes from this mix.

Pile up the pancakes on a warm serving plate, surround with chopped banana, or any other fruit you fancy, and eat..... whilst listening to Jack Johnson - obviously...

But you could pour on a little maple syrup to add a little sweetness.......

There that's better ........

But some cream makes it perfect ........ now where's that ice-cream ...... or maybe just a few rashers of bacon .......Mmmmm.......I think I left healthy right back at the start of this post!

Have a great weekend
Love Lizx

 Banana Pancakes