So many pancakes, so little time... This year I thought I'd try something different, so customised a recipe from Delicious Magazine - and it was delicious! My pudding-loving husband's eyes lit up as I placed a stack of pancakes in front of him, dripping with caramel and with shiny caramelised pecans... yes, there was the healthy Greek yoghurt too! Go on, even if you don't use this specific recipe, it's so easy to make pancakes. The quantity of pancakes was pretty high, so if there are only two of you, halve everything and you won't be quite so gluttonous...
|Buttermilk Pancakes with Caramelised Bananas and Salt Caramel Pecans|
Buttermilk Pancakes with Caramelised Bananas and Salt Caramel Pecans
5oz/150g plain flour (I used spelt flour)
1tsp baking powder
1dsp caster sugar
1 carton buttermilk (9 fl.oz/just under ½ pint/284ml) plus a little extra milk
Butter for frying
4oz/110g caster sugar (at least!)
3 or 4 just underripe bananas
Handful of pecans and sprinkle of salt
Greek yoghurt to serve
Maple syrup to serve
Put the pancake ingredients except the extra into a food processor/blender and whizz until thick and gloopy – if it is too thick and you prefer a lighter pancake, add a little extra milk (also if you are using a gluten free blend). Leave to stand for at least half an hour.
Heat a large frying pan and put in a small knob of butter. Melt it and get it sizzling but not burnt. Drop in a tablespoonful of batter and smooth it to an even circle about 5”/12cm diameter. Copy this for the next one and do as many as you can at once. When they are brown underneath (and you are allowed to peep), turn them over and brown the other side. Put onto a warm plate and then keep going until you’ve used up all the mixture. I made about 24 or so pancakes.
If you have two frying pans, the next bit can be done at the same time. Put 3oz/75g of the caster sugar into the bottom of another frying pan and put it onto the heat. When it has melted, put in the bananas and turn up the heat so that the sugar caramelises (goes brown). Turn the bananas once, so they are caramelised on either side. Take them out with a fish slice and keep them warm on a plate/baking tray with parchment. Now add the rest of the sugar and the pecans, plus a small knob of butter. Caramelise the pecans, then tip them onto the baking parchment. Sprinkle a little salt over before the caramel sets.
Scrape the remaining caramel in the pan and add a tablespoon of water (and some more sugar if it has all gone). Just like making gravy, scrape the caramel off the edges and bubble it to make a sauce (there won’t be much, so you could always just use maple syrup instead).
Assemble a pile of pancakes on each plate, top with a generous dollop of Greek yoghurt, then add the bananas, pecans and a good pouring of the caramel sauce (or maple).