Monday, October 16

Make you Banana Pancakes...

Scrambled eggs with white beans in tomato sauce, a few slices of buttered toast, a croissant, or a big delicious tower of pancakes…
The possibilities are endless and it’s the most important meal of the day…
Although I’m always quite satisfied with my coffee, yoghurt and freshly squeezed orange juice, this morning it was time for a change.
It was time for pancakes.

I've always loved Jack Johnson’s song Banana Pancakes, and every time I hear it I just start craving for banana pancakes…
So of course I made banana pancakes.
Banana pancakes with buttermilk and a drizzly of honey to be exact.

I’ve eaten pannenkoeken, - A pannenkoek is the Dutch version of a pancake; larger and thinner and served with sugar and treacle… - crepes and blini, but I’d never ever eaten pancakes. let stand for breakfast.
I got my recipe from America’s absolute Baking Queen, Martha Stewart, and I served them with a big dot of crème fraîche and honey instead of maple syrup. This was a lovely - and quite heavy - breakfast that I really enjoyed…

I had a bit of trouble at first with the recipe. or not with the recipe, but jut with pancakes in general; some of my first batch got really messy and burned a bit because I left the heat on too high - luckily I figured it out after a bit of practise and after this I made absolutely beautiful perfect golden-brown pancakes…

They were soft and sweet, had crispy edges and a luscious fluffy and oozy centre from the hot and slightly melted banana slices. Drenched in the honey this big golden-brown heap was a wonderful festive way to start my day…

Banana pancakes (makes 12)
- 120g (1 cup) whole-wheat flour
- 3 Tbsp light-brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 240ml (1 cup) buttermilk
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- 11/2 Tbsp butter, melted
- vegetable oil
- 2 ripe bananas, thinly sliced
- crème fraîche, maple syrup (or honey) and chopped walnuts, for serving (optional)

1. Preheat oven to 135°C (250°F). In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
Whisk in buttermilk, egg, and melted butter until batter is well combined and free of lumps.

2. In a large non-stick skillet over medium heat, swirl oil to coat bottom of pan. Working in batches, add batter in 1/4-cup portions. - I got 3 pancakes per time - Top with banana slices, dividing evenly. Cook until golden brown and tiny air bubbles form evenly on top, 2 to 4 minutes. Reduce heat if browning too quickly. Flip pancakes, and continue cooking until slightly puffed, 2 to 5 minutes.
Transfer to a baking sheet and keep warm in the oven while you cook remaining pancakes.

3. Serve pancakes with crème fraîche, honey (or maple syrup) and some chopped walnuts.


wheresmymind said...

Yum! I love pancakes or waffles for breakfast!

Brilynn said...

I always want pancakes too when I hear that song, and I hum it everytime I make any kind of pancakes.

marijn said...

Hey Julia,
Wat een geweldige website, ik kreeg het adres van oma en ik ben echt zwaar onder de indruk! Het ziet er allemaal heel mooi en professioneel uit en je schrijft echt ontzettend leuk, en ook nog eens in het engels! Als ik niet had geweten dat dit jouw website was had ik hem waarschijnlijk qua taalgebruik aangezien voor de website van een 30 jarige Amerikaanse vrouw :) Aangezien dit berichtje niet van algemene strekking is doe ik het maar even in het Nederlands..
Ik hoop dat alles verder goed met je gaat en ik las dat je naar Parijs gaat. Vandaar eigenlijk dit berichtje, zoals je misschien weet heb ik vorig jaar een tijdje in Parijs gewoond (in het 19e arrondissement) en heb dus wel wat tips voor je. Een erg goed restaurant is Chartier. Goedkoop, erg frans (dus goed!!) en heel lekker. Het is alleen wel vaak druk dus het is handig om iets eerder te komen want je moet soms wachten op een tafel. Heb het adres ff gegoogled en het is 7, Rue du Faubourg Montmartre bij het metrostation Grands Boulevards (daar zat ook mijn school trouwens). Verder: eet crepe met nutella bij zo'n standje op straat, heel frans en heel lekker!! Wat sightseeing betreft zijn absolute aanraders de Saint Chapelle (een kerkje in de buurt van de Notre Dame met heel mooi glas in lood), Montmartre natuurlijk en verder vond ik Musee Rodin erg indrukwekkend. (dat is een museum van de beeldhouder Rodin met beelden zoals de Kus en le penseur (de denker) met een prachtige tuin die bij het museum hoort). Het Louvre is natuurlijk fantastisch maar daar zou ik alleen heen gaan als je echt de hele dag hebt anders is het veel te groot. Een leuk alternatief is Musee D'Orsay. Dat is kleiner maar ik vond het bijzonderder. Maar wat je ook gaat doen, het wordt sowieso geweldig want Parijs is de mooiste stad op aarde! Ik hoop snel te lezen of horen hoe het was.
J'espere que tu vas avoir un sejour tellement fantastique! Mange bien! ;)
Bisous, Marijn

Lynnea said...

Yum! pancakes were the first thing I ever cooked at the age of 6 and it was true then and it is true now: one always has too cook a pancake or two before they start coming out perfectly. the first one is always a flop and the second can be as well. glad you enjoyed your first American style pancakes so well.

Helene said...

I wish I had seen this sunday morning!Ah well, another reason to try another pancake recipe this weekend! Thank you, it looks great!

jenjen said...

I am living my banana cravings vicariously through this post. You see, the price of bananas here in Sydney are so high because of a hurricane that wiped out all the banana plantations. So I haven't eaten or cooked with bananas for a really long time.

Thanks for satisfying my cravings, even if only virtually.

eliza said...

hi julia! thank you for visiting my blog. i'm still a beginner in food photography :) please do come back.

pancake is my son's favorite breakfast food of all time

gattina said...

your pancakes are insanely delicious! Banana + buttermilk, I think it's the winner!
The pannenkoeken sounds great to me, but I don't care crepes that much.

peabody said...

I love banana pancakes, your look quite yummy.

joey said...

I love banana pancakes...and they are quite easy to find and make here (in the Philippines). There are a lot of good ones around but it's still best to make your own so you can put as much banana as you want :) Your's look wonderful!

I also loved the pannenkoeken I had (many times!) in Amsterdam. With stroop (I smuggled bottles of stroop back home!). I am a serious stroop addict :)

Julia said...

Hi Wheresmymind - yes, me too!!

Haha, great, Brilynn! Do you as well accompany it with a little baking dance?? ;)

Thanks Lynnea, totally true!

Thank you for your nice comment Helene, have a great Sunday morning…!

Ah JenJen, I’m so sorry for you! Glad you liked it and well, blueberry pancakes are nice as well…=)

Hi Eliza - sure!

Hi Gattina, thanks for your sweet comment…yes, I think the experience of being in Paris and eating it from a stand has also something to do with it…

Hi Peabody, thank you!

Hi Joey, haha I totally agree; the more banana, the better (the originally recipe contained only one banana!)
Yeah, another stroop fan! Didn’t know stroop isn’t available in the Philippines…!

Anonymous said...

I would love to have the recipe for the large Dutch pancakes. I had them in restaurants in the Netherlands. I really enjoyed them. They were served as a main course or dessert. I've tried to find a recipe but have not found one I thought was the right one. Too many recipes are for Dutch babies baked in the oven.

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