Friday, June 3, 2011

Whole Wheat Banana Pancakes with Caramel Banana Syrup

How was your week, friends? And what are your plans for the weekend? I plan to watch a lot of tennis
and stay out of the sun. Perhaps do some reading and some cooking. This pancake post has been in the can all week, as I made them last Sunday for my sweet Leo. He loves bananas and all things banana. As do I.

3 organic bananas
1/2 stick butter, melted
3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup water
1 teaspoon vanilla

2 cups self-rising flour (using whole wheat pastry flour)*
2 cups whole milk (with cream on top)
2 large brown eggs

Additional melted butter (or clarified butter) for the pan

*Self-rising flour can be made at home. One cup self-rising flour = 1 cup flour minus 2 teaspoons + 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon salt

Cut 2 bananas into 1/4-inch-thick rounds. Combine 1/4 cup melted butter, 1/2 cup sugar, and 1/4 cup water in heavy large skillet. Boil over medium-high heat until mixture thickens slightly, about 2 minutes. Stir in vanilla extract and sliced bananas. Remove syrup from heat. 

Whisk flour and remaining 1/4 cup sugar in large bowl. Mash remaining banana in medium bowl, then whisk in buttermilk and eggs. Stir banana mixture into dry ingredients (some lumps will remain). Mix in remaining 1/4 cup melted butter.

Heat griddle over medium heat; brush with additional melted butter. Working in batches, pour batter by 1/3 cupfuls onto griddle. Cook pancakes until golden, about 2 minutes per side. 
Serve pancakes with caramel-banana syrup.

Also, P.S. I'm not a milk drinker AT ALL. But this milk from Urban Acres is the real deal. With cream on top. It's like drinking melted ice cream.


Christine said...

Nicole, love this post! Your food photography is amazing! We'd love to have you be a guest blogger on the Urban Acres blog sometime!

~ Christine from Urban Acres

Mater said...

yum, yum, yum! photos are delicious looking! your grandma and dad share your love for bananas and anything banana as well. guess the apple didn't fall far from that tree! I just gave grandpa my last 2 "perfectly ripe" bananas but I can't wait to make these for vinny & dad real soon. what a treat they will be!

Mater said...

Absolutely fabulous! A slice of heaven! I knew from just looking at the batter that this would be a success! thanks for sharing my love!