Sunday, January 3, 2010

365 Recipes - #3 - Banana Pancakes

I had a craving for pancakes this morning... So I thought this cold January morning would be a great day to dig in to a tall stack of warm and sweet pancakes. I found some bananas and a box of pancake mix, 2 eggs and some milk. I'm not a pancake purist, so I don't mind using the box stuff to save some time. You can make them from scratch if you like, that's up to you.

The line up :
Box of Pancake Mix (including that box's required ingredients)
Non-Stick Spray

Mix the pancake ingredients in a large bowl, you can use an electric hand mixer if you like, or just a few minutes with a wire whisk.

In order to not make too much of a mess when pouring the pancakes, I like to use a measuring cup that has a pour spout.

Grab a banana and make small slices, ummm I really didn't measure them, they were thinner then the average thickness of a pancake... about a 1/8th of an inch?

Pour your pancake mix (with out bananas) on to a preheated griddle with some non-stick spray. I usually count "3 Mississippi" to get a nice size pancake.

Once the pancake as cooked for a minute or so you'll see it start to set.

Then place a few, three or four banana slices on each pancake. Give a little push down so they settle in to the pancake.

When the pancake is ready to flip, lift each pancake off the griddle and grab your non stick spray. The sugars in the bananas will burn right to the griddle and we don't want this, so make sure you give a nice little spray before you flip.

After about 30 seconds or so the pancake can be "scooted".

By accident I discovered the "scoot" technique. This helps greatly in preventing the fruit from burning to the griddle.

Just give the pancake a "scoot" back and forth a few times with your spatula. The extra cooking spray will allow the pancake to move easy. After a few "scoots" left, right, left, right, you'll be able to let it sit to cook the rest of the way.

Flip over the pancake and you can see the golden brown cake with the slightly golden bananas. YUM

Stack them up on a plate and pour your favorite syrup all over. YUM YUM YUM

Recipe #3, 362 more to go.

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