Jack Johnson’s “Banana pancakes” is one of my favorite lazy Sunday songs, it puts me in a good mood on rainy days (and I live in England, so I get quite a bit of these). Ever since I heard the song I have been wanting to make these famous banana pancakes..but somehow never got to do it.
Last week-end all the elements finally got together: it was a relaxing Saturday morning, I was about to go on holidays, it was raining outside but I was going were the sun was (i.e. Spain) , and we had nothing fresh left except 2 eggs and 2 bananas. A sign of God!
2 very ripe bananas (the riper, the sweeter and thus the better)
3 tablespoons plain white flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1. Blend all ingredients together ( 1 minute/Speed 7-8 in a Thermomix)
2. Pour a drop of oil in a frying pan. Wipe around the base of the pan with a thick wad of kitchen paper. Heat the oiled pan for about 2-3 minutes on low to medium heat. You want your pancakes to slowly cook and rise, not burn so don’t put the heat too high (I have a tendency to do that, as this is how it is done for French crepes).
3. When the pan in hot, add a ladle of batter (or two if you pan is big enough).
4. Let the pancake cook for about a minute, or until you can see that the base is dry and the pancake has risen. Then flip over with a palette knife and cook on the other side for a further 2-3 minutes, or until pale golden-brown. I noticed that with time, the pancakes need to cook less, probably because the pan is hotter, so keep a close eye on them.
5. Pile the pancakes and serve as is or with maple syrup or butter. I found them very soft and moist, so ate them without anything else. But I also tried one with hazelnut syrup…the banana-hazelnut combination was lovely!