Saturday, October 23, 2010

Bananas Foster Pancakes

I make some great breakfasts on the weekends -beyond my usual granola or toast and jam- but I'm not very good about posting them. These pancakes were inspired by some bananas browning on the counter. This is a delicious and frugal way to use them up. Of course, you could skip making the sauce and just have these pancakes with syrup, if you prefer.

Banana Pancakes
For two people (double as needed)
Mash 1 overripe banana
1 egg
2 T. vegetable oil
1 c. buttermilk

Mix and add:
1 c. flour
1/2 t. baking soda
1/4 t. baking powder
1/4 t. salt
1/2 T. sugar
1/4 c. chopped walnuts
Cook 1/4 -1/3 c. batter on 300 degree non-stick griddle, or a lightly oiled caste iron skillet over medium-low heat. Turn when lightly browned, and cook on second side until top springs back when lightly touched in the center.

Bananas Foster Topping
Combine in small skillet:
2 T. butter
1/2 c. brown sugar
1/4 t. cinnamon
Cook over medium-low heat until sugar dissolves. Add 2 ripe but firm bananas, sliced, spooning sauce over banana slices and stirring gently taking care to not mash them, until cooked (less than 5 minutes).

Add: 2 T. rum and IGNITE! This step is optional in the AM hours. I, who just last week inadvertently put the salt in the fridge before drinking that crucial first cup of coffee in the morning (I only stopped myself from putting the broom in there once because it wouldn't fit), am not to be trusted with rum and a match too early in the day, so I skip this step unless making this sauce for dessert (served with ice cream, of course).

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