I love pancakes and I love going out to breakfast. There is something so fun about eating breakfast out, the problem is that there is only one restaurant that we’ve been to that has pancakes that we like as much as the ones we make at home. We don’t actually go to breakfast or brunch more than 2 or 3 times a year, maybe that is why I like it so much, it is a special treat that I don’t take for granted. Anyway, we did go out right after we came home from our trip back to ND at Christmas. We had no groceries so we did breakfast and then a big grocery shopping trip. My daughter and I punished our plates of food but my husband was really craving banana pancakes and when his came, they tasted not much different than mine, which were plain. We all tasted them and agreed, the waitress cheerfully exchanged them for a bowl of oatmeal with bananas on top, but his breakfast was not as satisfying as ours. He has oatmeal everyday at home for breakfast. The waitress told us before we left that they make them with banana puree and apparently have been told by a lot of people that they don’t taste like banana pancakes.
Since it was a Monday off, I decided to make a big breakfast today and give him his banana pancakes, my daughter and her friend got chocolate chip pancakes (a good breakfast to have before you go out to look at bridesmaid dresses right?) and I had plain. I decided to share this recipe because it is simple and so very good. It makes enough pancakes for about 4 people. Another nice thing is you can divide the batter up into three or so bowls and make three different kinds of pancakes out of one recipe.
My favorite pancake story is from my friend who made pancakes for her children and they loved them so much that they always asked her to make them with the creamy filling in the middle. She laughed because the creamy filling was the uncooked batter, she hadn’t cooked them all the way through.
- 3 cups flour
- 3 teaspoons baking powder
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 3 eggs
- 1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 3 cups buttermilk
- 9 Tablespoons butter- melted
- optional: chocolate chips, small banana pieces, blueberries etc.
- Combine flour, baking powder, salt and sugar in a bowl and set aside.
- In a large bowl, beat eggs well, add soda and buttermilk.
- Stir in melted butter.
- Stir in flour mixture.
- Mix until well combined but don't worry about lumps, the batter will be lumpy and fairly thick.
- Mix in any additional optional things you are using.
- Heat a griddle to medium heat. I use the griddle on my stove top and start out at about a 5 or six and then bring it down to a little past the 4 which is tight in the middle. If you are using an electric grill, I think about 350 degrees.
- Melt butter or if you prefer spray with cooking spray (it tastes better with butter though).
- Using a ladle, put your batter on the griddle and spread it our just a little.
- Watch it carefully in case you need to turn down your heat a little, but let it cook for 2 to 3 minutes, and using your pancake turner, check the edge to see if it is brown.
- Carefully flip it over and again watch for doneness, but a couple of minutes more.
- If it is done too quickly you want to turn down your heat because it will not be done in the middle.
- Make a little slit in the middle of one just to make sure that it isn't still doughy.
- Put them on a plate and adorn them with syrup, whipping cream or whatever your heart desires.