It's been quite some time since I've had homemade pancakes for breakfast. And we all know that pancakes could probably be the world's best disguised breakfast that's actually a dessert- on par with waffles, crepes and the like of course. Well, I've tried quite a few recipes that were labelled 'thick and fluffy pancakes' with great reviews but when it's my turn to try, sure, the pancakes itself look pretty flipping awesome- nice and high and golden brown but problemo: undercooked batter detected under the perfect surfaces... And I really did try to troubleshoot it, by that of course I meant cooking them for longer on a lower heat etc but they just never work for me! But yesterday while I was browsing, I encountered these beautiful pictures of banana pancakes from a blog which completely renewed my desire to continue my quest for the perfect pancakes. These ones I'm writing about are probably pretty close to perfect- they're fairly healthy and although modest in height, they were soft and the big plus was that I encountered no problems with undercooked innards!
I will also apologise in advance for the massive influx of pictures of the same pancake stack but this morning, I was shooting with the best natural light I've ever worked with before and so the selecting process became quite challenging indeed!
I don't know why but I guess I was feeling a little creative so I just added some orange zest to the original recipe and the zest really made it very orangey so if you don't like that, feel free to omit! And the original recipe boasted very healthy pancakes, using wholemeal flour (which I never have in my pantry) that rounds down to 60 calories per pancake apparently. But, for me and maybe alot of you agree with me on this one but healthy pancakes are boring so to make it more special, ice cream and homemade caramel sauce is the way to go!
|Boring, sad pancakes :(|
|Would a few berries brighten you up a little? Hmm, what was that? Not quite!?|
|Well some ice cream and caramel sauce is on the way to the rescue!|
|Add the fruits you just thought were boring and waaaait for it....THE ULTIMATE PANCAKE STACK!|
Banana, Orange Pancakes with Caramel Sauce
Makes 10 pancakes
For the pancakes:
Recipe adapted from Vanilla Nougat
3/4 cup plain flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 medium banana, mashed
1 1/2 tsp orange zest
1/2 cup low fat buttermilk
a little over 1/3 cup low fat milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon honey
Margarine, to grease pan
1. In a large bowl, whisk together the flours, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
2. Add egg, banana, buttermilk, milk and vanilla and drizzle in the honey.Whisk together just until combined, set aside.
3. Heat a small non-stick frying pan on a low heat and coat with some margarine
4. Using a 1/4 cup measuring cup, ladle the batter and pour in the pan.
5. Cook for 1-2 minutes until bubbles appear on the surface, flip, and cook for a further minute.
6. Serve warm with ice cream, caramel sauce, fresh fruits, whatever floats your boat
For the Salted Caramel Sauce:
Recipe adapted from Bakers Royale
1/2 cup sugar
3 tablespoons water
2 tablespoon butter
1/8 cup heavy cream
1/4 teaspoon salt
1. Place sugar and water into a saucepan over medium low heat and stir the until sugar has dissolved. Dissolve any crystals forming on the side with a wet pastry brush.
2. Once sugar has dissolved increase heat to high.
3. At this point do not stir the mixture directly. Now and then, using the handle, give the pot a swirl to keep the mixture moving. The mixture will start to bubble after a minute or so.
4. After 3-4 minutes the mixture will turn from a light amber to medium amber and then finally to a dark reddish brown color. Once the mixture starts to smoke, add the butter and heavy cream. The mixture will bubble wildly. Whisk to combine (bubbles will subside upon cooling). Set aside to cool completely.