These bananas foster pancakes are a deliciously decadent way to start the day. With bananas cooked into the pancakes themselves and even more on top.
Like most people I see some pretty entertaining and/or shocking things while driving on a fairly regular basis. People driving the wrong way down a one-way street, stopping at a red light and continuing through it before it turns green, honking at me from behind for not turning left after the light has turned red, and even making their own left-turn lane into on-coming traffic.
Then there are the cars: OREO brand name printed, zebra-printed, big spinning rims on a junky car, reindeer and elf car costumes (have to admit I think they are cute), and eyelashes on the headlights of a VW bug. But just the other day I saw those same eyelashes on another car, and not a cutesy car similar to the VW but a big beefy car that I would never associate with girly characteristics – a Dodge Charger. I thoroughly enjoyed that sighting.
What does all that have to do with bananas foster pancakes? Absolutely nothing of course.
But these pancakes do warrant some discussion of their own. What starts out as a normal pancake batter is transformed by the simple addition of bananas foster. You may not think bananas foster is simple but it honestly is. Just melt some butter and brown sugar, add the bananas, flame the rum and viola. The flaming is the best part so I hope you have a gas stove. Otherwise you can just use a long lighter or long match (please be careful).
Not only are the bananas foster used as a topping for your pancakes (no need for syrup), they are cooked right into the pancakes themselves where they become nice are caramelized.
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- Rumtopf from That Recipe
- Strawberry Daiquiri from Art of Natural Living
Post updated 8/14/21, photo above is the original.
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- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1 Tbsp canola oil
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 under ripe bananas, sliced
- 1 tsp dark rum
- In a large bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. Add the buttermilk, oil, and egg and whisk until well combined. Set aside as you make the bananas foster.
- In a medium skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Stir in the brown sugar and vanilla. Add the bananas and stir to coat them in the butter-sugar mixture. Heat until warm, about 1-2 minutes. Move pan off heat, add the rum and return to the stove to catch a flame from a gas stove (or a long lighter). Let flame die down then remove from heat.
- Heat a large skillet over medium heat and lightly coat with nonstick spray. Pour batter for 2 pancakes into the skillet, and arrange 4-6 banana slices on top of the batter from the middle out (to maintain round shape). When bubbles form and pop in the batter, carefully flip each pancake, cooking until the bananas are caramelized.
- Serve with remaining bananas foster syrup.
Source: Adapted slightly from The Baker Chick.