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Recipe

Spiced Banana Pancakes

Featured in our 2017 Christmas Guide
Michael Harlan Turkell

Yield: Yields 7 or 8 pancakes

There’s so much banana in these pancakes that they’re incredibly moist and naturally sweet. A touch of freshly ground pepper and allspice elevates this homey breakfast treat to something truly special. Bet you can’t eat just one.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1-1/2 tsp. ground allspice
  • 3/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 Tbs. packed brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 2 Tbs. vegetable oil
  • 4 medium ripe bananas, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 2 to 3 Tbs. unsalted butter for cooking pancakes, plus more for serving
  • Maple syrup for serving

Preparation

  • Preheat the oven to 200°F, and place a rack in the center of the oven. Put a wire rack on the baking sheet and place it in the oven.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, allspice, pepper, and brown sugar. In another medium bowl, whisk together the egg, milk, and vegetable oil until blended; add about 3 of the bananas (reserving the rest for serving). Make a well in the dry ingredients and pour in the wet ingredients. With a rubber spatula or wooden spoon, fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients just until combined. Don’t over-mix. It will be a thick, gloppy, lumpy batter. (Sounds delicious so far, doesn’t it?)
  • In the skillet, melt about 1 tsp. of the butter over medium heat. Sprinkle a few drops of water into the pan; if the water sizzles on contact, the pan is ready. Pour a scant 1⁄2 cup  of batter into the skillet and cook for about 3 minutes, or until the edges of the pancake start to brown and small bubbles begin forming along the edges and in the middle of the cake. With a flat metal or plastic spatula, carefully flip the pancake over; the first side should be golden brown. Cook slowly for another 2 to 3 minutes. Gently press the pancake in the middle with the spatula to flatten it out a bit and make sure the center is cooked through. Adjust the heat as needed so the pancake browns nicely but doesn’t burn on the second side. Remove the finished pancake from the skillet and place it on the wire rack in the oven to keep warm while you cook the remaining pancakes.
  • Cook the remaining pancakes the same way, adding another 1 tsp. or so of butter before adding the batter each time. For these pancakes, a slower and lower heat is better; once the pan has been seasoned by the first pancake, you should be able to cook the remaining pancakes on medium-low heat. Serve immediately with butter, maple syrup, and the remaining banana.flour too cookbook

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  • SarahOwens | 07/24/2014

    This is by far the tastiest pancake we've ever had. As big fans of bananas, we were not disappointed. Every flavor is there in every bite, but none of them are overpowering. It's not too sweet, but just sweet enough. I can't say enough about this recipe. We make it exactly as written every time and it's become our favorite pancake.

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